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Tom O'Halloran - The Tiger From Timaru

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2018-11-11 14:49 - (946 Reads)
Tom O'Halloran’s dedication and love for his club should be acknowledged and it is hoped that this story may stimulate new interest in the dynamic high flyer from Punt Road. Roger's article lets you see why Tom O’Halloran was introduced into the Richmond FC Hall of Fame in 2013.

Cheer, Cheer on Our Camberwell - Tricolours, Wells, Cobras - Part One

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2018-10-12 10:39 - (1088 Reads)
Ken's book-length (three-part) celebration of Camberwell Football Club and its uniquely fascinating history.
A tour de force, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated. Completed with the technical and research assistance of Michael Riley. Dedicated to Thelma Baker - she whose heart beats true.

Part 1 - From the Junction to Nashville 1886-1941

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Advertising from the VFL Football Record 1941-43

Author: Michael Riley - Published At: 2012-09-13 23:23 - (2276 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.

CATASTROPHE – Winning the Wooden Spoon (1957-1958)

Author: Ken Mansell - Published At: 2017-10-06 13:59 - (1471 Reads)
GEELONG IN THE FIFTIES
CHAPTER TWO:
This article is a continuation of Ken's forensic examination of Geelong Football Club's matches in the 1950's. Here we see Geelong plummet to the bottom of the VFL ladder. A neglected period of Geelong's history.

Advertising from the VFL Football Record 1929-32

Author: Michael Riley (Edited by Ken Mansell) - Published At: 2012-09-13 10:24 - (4339 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.

Stan Spinks - The Gallant Midfielder From Glenferrie

Author: Roger Spaull - Published At: 2017-11-10 09:59 - (1479 Reads)
With the resounding recent success of Hawthorn; and the current abundance of Hawks stars, many younger fans may be unaware of the rocky road that Hawthorn travelled in the early years of the club’s history. One of the heroes of Hawthorn during its darkest years was Stan Spinks…this is his story.



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Former Umpire writes His Reminiscences

Author: Johnny Quinn - Published At: 2018-12-15 09:58 - (194 Reads)
Famous South Australian Umpire Johnny Quinn's reminiscences appeared in the News (Adelaide) in 1940. Quinn was famous for his smile and his gestures. He also took part in redrafting the rules of the game.

Old Football Days. Teams and Men.

Author: Observer (Donald McDonald) - Published At: 2018-11-16 08:33 - (280 Reads)
Originally appeared in The Argus 2-May-1908. Observer (Donald McDonald) the great Australian Journalist looks back at the best players in his 30 years writing on football.

Great Football Dramas No. 10 - When Collingwood And Fitzroy Thrilled Sydney In 1903

Author: P.J. Millard (“Short-Pass”) - Published At: 2017-11-10 12:49 - (999 Reads)
In this, the tenth of a series of great football dramas, is described how, in 1903, Collingwood and Fitzroy made football history by contesting a League premiership match in Sydney, and how, in the Rugby stronghold, a crowd of 20,000, seeing a big Australian rules game for the first time, was thrilled by the fast, spectacular play.

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Old Football Days. Teams and Men.

Author: Observer (Donald McDonald) - Published At: 2018-11-16 08:33 - (280 Reads)
Originally appeared in The Argus 2-May-1908. Observer (Donald McDonald) the great Australian Journalist looks back at the best players in his 30 years writing on football.



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An Introduction to Charles Boyles

Charles Boyles SLV2008.122/451 (Cropped) Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Charles Boyles SLV2008.122/451 (Cropped) Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection

The website is centred around the photos of Charles Boyles, a Melbourne-based photographer. Boyles primarily took photos of Australian Rules Football teams and players. He appears to have started this football work in the late twenties. He continued through the 1930's, the years of the Second World War, and then right up to his final photos in the early sixties.

Unlike most commercial photographers, Charles Boyles did not wait for customers to come to him. Boyles set up his camera on training nights, and on game days took posed team photos after the players had run onto the ground. These were sold directly to the clubs, players and general public. On Saturdays, at the games, the photographer's son Harley Boyles (and others) would take a satchel of mixed photos and sell them throughout the game. Unlike newspaper photos, therefore, a Boyles photo was something you could own, take home, and treasure.

There are no action shots or photos of games in progress. Boyles specialised in team photos and player portraits, with the players looking directly to camera. Today these photos are used by clubs, by family historians, and by those interested in football history. They often appear uncredited in football history books.

Boyles did not restrict himself to the leading football competition of his era, the Victorian Football League. During his working life he attended many different competitions. He covered the VFA, Wartime Services matches, the various Victorian workplace competitions, the Sunday leagues, and other competitions.

Learn More about the Life of Charles Boyles

Read Ken's article on the methods, motives and life of Charles Boyles. The article includes notes from an extensive interview with Harley Boyles about his father. See Charles Edward Boyles: From Tripod to Website.

Website Aims and Objectives

This website contains work by two independent researchers, Ken Mansell and Michael Riley. Our objective is to share our own passion for history and provide a friendly resource for family historians, football buffs and others who have an interest in the Charles Boyles photos and more generally in football photography from the 1920's to 1960's.

A Football History Website

This site has grown to cover more than just football photos. There is an amazing amount to explore. You can start with articles, player pages, ground pages, team and league pages as well as information on players careers outside football.

All Football Photographers Not Just Charles Boyles Photos

This site contains photos from many of Boyles's contemporaries. These contrast Boyles's style, and add to an understanding of sport, photography, and the football of the time.

Football Outside the VFL

Charles Boyles took photos of VFL teams, but also took photos of VFA teams, Workplace Teams and teams in Junior Leagues. Also, for many players the VFL was just a small part of their footballing story. This site attempts to build a picture of the football world during Boyle's working period. This world is worth explored through articles and the pages thoughout the website.

Sources of Images on this Website

We are not associated with any library or institution. We have received permission from a variety of people and institutions to include their images on this particular website. Each photo is labelled as to it's source. Please contact the relevant source for permission to reproduce any images.

The appearance of an image on this website does not mean that it is public domain. Although many (not all) photos are out of copyright, many images are available here under 'Terms of Use' agreements with the relevant organisation.

We credit the photographer and the photo source wherever possible,



Examples of Boyles Photos

Kew Sub Districts 1939 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Kew Sub Districts 1939 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
North West Suburbs Police Team circa 1935 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
North West Suburbs Police Team circa 1935 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Carlton Seconds, 1956 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Carlton Seconds, 1956 - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Bob Wilkie - St Kilda - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Bob Wilkie - St Kilda - State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Rose, Bob (SLV 122_188) - Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Rose, Bob (SLV 122_188) - Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Hale, Jack (SLV 122_137) - Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection
Hale, Jack (SLV 122_137) - Source: State Library of Victoria Photographic Collection


Do you have a Boyles Photo?

Read Michael's article on characteristics of Boyles photos that may help you identify one in your own collection. See Identifying Boyles Photos - Style and Format of Charles Boyles Photographs.


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Boyles Photos by Year//Interesting Games
1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

Outside Football

General links to footballers' occupations and links to other sports.
Links to Outside Football

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