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This website contains a number of articles on football history during Charles Boyles work-life. The articles are intended to provide context and complement the site focus on Charles Boyles and his work.

The list below initially displays the most recent articles. You can browse further pages of articles by using the page movement tools underneath the articles listing below.

Football links in the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-02-19 04:47 - (6573 Reads)
The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) attempts to provide biographies of prominent Australians who have contributed to Australia.

This article provides a brief overview of who the Australian Dictionary of Biography regard as the most important footballers, as well as identifying a substantial number of other prominent Australians with links to Australian Rules Football.

1940 Patriotic Cup - St. Kilda's First Premiership

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-02-11 16:31 - (5274 Reads)
In 1940, in the week set aside for the cancelled interstate football carnival, (which was to be held in Tasmania), the VFL ran a 12-team, one-day lightning carnival. St Kilda received a good draw, but still had to defeat 1940 Grand Finalists Richmond to win their first ever VFL Premiership, 26 years before the more famous occasion in 1966.

Advertising from the VFL Football Record 1949-51

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-01-29 03:54 - (9188 Reads)
The advertisements in the Football Record provide an insight into the period. Unlike the 1930's where there was advertising for dance halls, the early 1950s advertising includes many of the new consumer products of the time such as portable radios, washing machines, radio shows and due to the high employment levels, even employment advertisements.

Attitudes have changed and a number of examples would not be used today. Cigarette advertisements also stand out as unusual as they are banned in modern advertising.

Football Humour

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-01-28 23:01 - (4046 Reads)
While researching information for this website I often come across odd football stories. The stories vary from funny, to odd, to 'what the..?' moments.

I have seen many variations on a theme. There are many stories of stolen goal posts or of kicking a ball into a moving train. I have tried to include a list that is not repetative.

1933 - Round 5 St Kilda v North Melbourne - 15 men defeat 18

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-01-14 03:30 - (7453 Reads)
St Kilda scored the most meritorious victory by any league side for some years. It was not so much the brilliance of the football, but rather the dogged determination and real Aussie fighting spirit that enabled them to see it out and win a glorious victory with only 15 men.- Football Record - Round 6 (June 5) 1933 p12

ANFC Football Carnival - Sydney 1933

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2013-01-13 14:09 - (8770 Reads)
ANFC Interstate Football Carnivals had been held since 1908. These events were widely reported and provided many rare opportunities. Players had a chance to travel, The game of football was promoted and celebrated, scouts were able to measure players in other competitions and important rivalries could be revisited.

The 1933 Carnival was won by Victoria.

The Ballad of Haydn Bunton

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2012-12-06 09:07 - (9353 Reads)
The 'Ballad of Haydn Bunton' was written (words and music) by Ken Mansell in August 1999. It was released as a CD, with vocals performed by Ken and the late Peter Bell, in July 2003.

This article about the song was originally published by Ken around 2003 in a variety of sources and is republished here due to its relevance to the site.

The Earliest Boyles Football Photos

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-11-27 18:26 - (4887 Reads)
The earliest known Boyles football photos were also published in major newspapers in 1928 and 1929. This leads to a number of questions about Boyles's work in the 1920's.

Team Photos in the Weekly Times and Australasian 1928-29 - The link to Football Cards and the Football Record

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-11-26 03:06 - (15788 Reads)
In 1928 and 1929, the Weekly Times newspaper (part of the Herald group of newspapers) published two series of colourised football team photos. In 1929, the rival weekly, the Australasian (published from the Argus building) produced its own series. Both newspapers had colour sections each week.

The team photos appearing in the 1928-29 Weekly Times and Australasian were chopped up and converted into individual player portraits. These individual portraits were later used in a number of football cards series. They also appeared in the VFL Football Record.


Interview with Harley Boyles 21-Jun-2010

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2012-11-16 19:23 - (15898 Reads)
Harley Boyles is the son of photographer Charles Boyles. In 2010, then in his eighties, he was interviewed by Ken Mansell for an article about his father. The article, now titled From Tripod to Website became one of the first published writings on Boyles and his work.

The original interview notes have been made available through the permission of both Ken and Harley and provide a fascinating insight.

1931 VFL v VFA Match

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-11-15 11:47 - (14019 Reads)
This is the story of the first VFA v VFL game in twenty-nine years. The VFL won the match, a charity game, comfortably. Nevertheless, the contest was full of meaning to all involved.

The Australasian 1931-32: A Selection of Colour

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-11-12 15:08 - (7068 Reads)
The Australasian newspaper was a weekly newspaper, in many ways a competitor to the Weekly Times. In the early 1930's both newspapers included colourised photos to attract readers.

This page includes a selection of pages from the 1931 and 1932 Australasian.

Jim Edema - Cartoons from the Argus 1950

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-10-09 05:51 - (5806 Reads)
Jim Edema was a regular contributor to the The Sun News Pictorial (Melbourne), but in 1950 worked for the Argus. The images on this page are from the 1950 Argus.

Boyles in Colour

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-10-07 09:41 - (3821 Reads)
There are no colour photographs or colour slides made by Charles Boyles in his lifetime. For modern viewers, whose phones can readily take colour photos and video film, it can perhaps be difficult to view a work one can only see in black and white.



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Advertising from the VFL Football Record 1941-43

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2012-09-13 23:23 - (2538 Reads)
The State Library of Victoria's digitized version of the VFL Football Record is a useful primary source for football research. The Football Record was sold at grounds on match day. During the Second World War, football continued and so did the record. The record included less advertising during the war years than at other times. There were many appears to support the war effort by attending charity events, or purchasing war bonds.

The selection of advertisements that appear here is not exhaustive and is a selection of the 'most interesting' advertisements during the 1941 to 1943 period. The advertisements provide a small insight into wartime Melbourne.

Advertising from the VFL Football Record 1929-32

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-09-13 10:24 - (4572 Reads)
The State Library of Victoria's digitized version of the VFL Football Record is a useful primary source for football research.

As I searched the Football Record for other purposes, the advertisements kept catching my eye. After a while I began to collect them. Below I have reproduced the most interesting advertisements of the 1929-32 period. Many of the advertisements in the Football Record incorporated a football theme, and I hope you find them of similar interest.

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