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Charles Boyles was born in 1888 and apparantly started taking photos in the late 1920's through to the early 1960's. Charles Boyles died at the age of 83 in 1971. This window of history serves as a broad focus for this website.

*This page ONLY lists photos in the collection when the year is known. Many photos are NOT listed on these pages.

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Argus 5Oct1936 p18 - Grand Final - Photographer Unknown
Argus 5Oct1936 p18 - Grand Final - Photographer Unknown


1930

  • Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup at Flemington
  • H. Hopman and J. Crawford won Doubles Championship tennis at Kooyong
  • Sidney Myer provides Christmas dinner for 12,000 people at the Melbourne Exhibition Building
  • Royal Commission into the political dealings of Williamstown powerbroker (and VFA President 1929-43) John James Liston clears him of wrongdoing.
  • Haydn Bunton not given permit for 1930 Season due to Match payment Scandal
  • In VFL, allow one substitute, Prior to 1930 No Interchange and team must play one player short
  • No Brownlow Medal be awarded because of a tied result between three players with the most '3' votes. New rules in 1989 issued retrospective awards to Harry Collier and Allan Hopkins. Under the 1989 rules, Stan Judkins missed out.
  • Gordon Coventry Collingwood (VFL) Kicks 17 Goals against Fitzroy, Round 12, 1930
  • Collingwood defeat Geelong and won their 4th successive VFL grand final
  • VFL uses Argus Method of organising the finals seriers for the last time. Under the Argus method, if the Minor premiers lost the week 3 final then they had the right to a rematch to playoff for the premiership. In 1930 Collingwood lost the final, but won the rematch.
  • Collingwood (VFL) win four consecutive VFL Premierships.
  • Coulter Law' adopted, restricting payments to players to £3 per match (?12 for finals matches)
  • Seventh Australian Football Carnival in Adelaide, won by Victoria.
  • VFA Premiers - Oakleigh (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Collingwood (VFL)
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1931

  • Three young Geelong architects create the first APEX club as an organisation to contribute to the local community.
  • First 'Somers Camp' recreation camp for teenage boys, named after the instigator, Victorian Governor Lord Somers.
  • Aboriginal (and Queensland) fast bowler Eddie Gilbert 'no – ball'ed 13 times during a Sheffied Shield Match in Melbourne.
  • General John Monash, leader of the Australian Army at the end of WW1, died of heart disease in Melbourne on 8 October 1931 and given a state funeral. Attended by some 250,000 mourners.
  • Brownlow Medal voting system of 3 Votes, 2 Votes, and 1 Vote for top three players introduced (see 1930)
  • Page-McIntyre Final Four system introduced. This gives top two teams at end of the Home and Away Season a double chance.
  • 1931 VFL v VFA Match
  • VFA Premiers - Oakleigh (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Geelong (VFL)
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1932

Haydn Bunton (Fitzroy) 1932 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1932 Hoadleys Victorian League Footballers - Photographer Unknown
Haydn Bunton (Fitzroy) 1932 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1932 Hoadleys Victorian League Footballers - Photographer Unknown

  • 'Bodyline' controversy rocks Australian cricket.
  • Alan Geddes plays entire second half of the VFL Grand-Final with a broken jaw.
  • South Melbourne jumper changes from red sash to a red V
  • VFA Premiers - Northcote (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Richmond (VFL)
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1933

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1934

Dick Reynolds (Essendon) 1934 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1934 MacRobertsons 1_2d Footballers - Photographer Unknown
Dick Reynolds (Essendon) 1934 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1934 MacRobertsons 1_2d Footballers - Photographer Unknown

  • Year long celebrations as Melbourne/Victoria celebrated it's centenary
  • A young woman's pyjama-clad body is found in a drain in Albury. Her death becomes known as The Pyjama Girl mystery.
  • C. W. A. Scott and Tom Campbell Black cross the finishing line and win the MacRobertson Air Race, flying from London to Melbourne in an elapsed time of 71 hours
  • Captain Cook's cottage is opened to the public, after being dismantled in England, then shipped to Australia and reassembled in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne.
  • Sidney Myer, founder of the Myer retailing business leaves one tenth of his estate for the benefit of the community, one of the largest acts of philanthropy in Victorian History
  • Journalist Egon Kisch invited to speak in Melbourne.. In Sydney, the government attempted to bar his entry by giving him a dictation test in Gaelic. Kisch challenged this in court and won.
  • Fitzroy (VFL) player Colin Benham kicks a goal after the final siren. The ball was going to miss, but hit one of the boys who ran onto the ground and deflected for a goal.
  • Grasshopper plague advances on The Mallee, devouring 20 tons of grain in 2 hours
  • In response Depression-era setbacks, miners at the Wonthaggi Coal Mines go on strike. After five months the Menzies government eventually succumbs to the Miners' Federation's demands.
  • Journalist Egon Kisch was invited to speak in Melbourne, but he was prevented from leaving his ship at Fremantle. In Sydney, the government attempted to bar his entry by giving him a dictation test in Gaelic. Kisch challenged the ban and won.
  • Peter Pan won Melbourne Cup for the 2nd time
  • Royal visit, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester attended Victorian Centenary celebrations and opened Australia's new Parliament House in Canberra
  • Shipwreck - SS Coramba left Warrnambool for Melbourne and was never seen again. Believed lost during storm. (Bass Strait Victorian coast) - 16 Deaths
  • Bob Pratt South Melbourne (VFL) Kicks 15 Goals against Essendon, Round 3. Pratt kicks a VFL record 150 goals for the season.
  • George Doig kicked a then record 152 goals for East Fremantle in the 1934 WANFL season.
  • Syd Coventry knocked out in a Collingwood/Carlton brawl at Victoria Park (Abbotsford)
  • Torrential rainfall of up to 350 mm. Yarra River becomes raging torrent. Extensive damage with 35 dead, 250 injured, and 3,000 homeless. (Melbourne suburbs and Southern Victoria) - 35 Deaths
  • In his first VFL match for Carlton, Clen Denning kicks 6 goals with his first 6 kicks.
  • VFA Grand Final held at the Melbourne Showgrounds after rain delayed the match and the original venue of Olympic Park was not available the following week.
  • VFA Premiers - Northcote (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Richmond (VFL)
  • Victoria celebrated it's centenary
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1935

  • Mt Macedon Cross completed by William Cameron as a memorial to his son, and others who died in World War I
  • 3XY begins Broadcasting VFA Games
  • Footscray (VFL) wear Distinctive Blue shirt with Vertical Stripes. Unfortunately destroyed by drycleaner at end of season
  • Bob Pratt (South Melbourne) hit by a truck and missed the VFL Grand Final
  • Practice match at Olympic Park under lights between Richmond and South Melbourne. First game under lights since 1879. Attempts to organise a second match the following week resulted in a ban on night football.
  • VFA Premiers - Yarraville (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Collingwood (VFL)
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1936

  • Abdication of Edward VIII of England in December 1936 widely discussed.
  • Famous 'Underpants' case (Grant v Australian Knitting Mills) in Australian Consumer Law. Privy Council in England. Privy Council in England was the final arbitor of Australian Law until 1986.
  • First undersea cable connects Victoria and Tasmania.
  • Reginald Ansett begins his airline business with Melbourne to Hamilton flights (two pound each way)
  • Death of last Tasmanian Tiger at Hobart Zoo.
  • VFA Premiers - Northcote (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Collingwood (VFL)
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1937

  • Dalyson Colliery Explosion at Wongthaggi. Massive explosion in state coal mine kills 13, the worst mining disaster in Victorian history
  • The 'Spirit of Progress', the new Sydney Limited express train, completes its first official trial journey.
  • Don Bradman's Australian win 5th Test at the MCG to retain The Ashes
  • late 1930s, Australia was struck by an epidemic of poliomyelitis.. 1275 polio patients admitted between July 1937 and July 1938 to Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital
  • Ninth Australian Football Carnival held in Perth, won by Victoria.
  • The Spirit of Progress, the new Sydney Limited express train, completes its first official trial journey between Melbourne and Geelong
  • VFA Premiers - Prahran (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Geelong (VFL)
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1938

  • Charles Boyles turns 50
  • 18 people die after Australia's worst air disaster when the Kyeema, a Douglas DC2 crashed in the Dandenong Ranges due to severe fog
  • Dec 1938-Feb 1939 Heatwave killed 438 and sparked the Black Friday bushfires (Victoria) - 438 Deaths
  • Geelong half-back flanker Jack Grant wins the 1938 Stawell Gift
  • Topless bathing for men allowed
  • VFA Premiers - Brunswick (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Carlton (VFL)
  • Victoria: Total number of infantile paralysis cases over past nine months reaches 2,000
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1939

Marcus Wheelan (Collingwood) 1939 Brownlow Medal Winner -1939 Allens Footballers - Photographer Unknown
Marcus Wheelan (Collingwood) 1939 Brownlow Medal Winner -1939 Allens Footballers - Photographer Unknown

  • WORLD WAR 2 (1939-1945) commences
  • 1939–1940 Heatwave (Australia-wide) - 112 Deaths
  • Radio Australia began broadcasting from Sydney. The station moved to Melbourne the following year.
  • Black Friday' bushfires, stretch from South Australian border to Gippsland and to NSW, kill 71 people
  • Czech dancer Edouard Borovansky established a ballet school in Melbourne
  • Puckapunyal Camp, near Seymour, formally established (though used since WW1). Now over 97,100 acres in size
  • Six weeks after Australia entered World War II, Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced the reintroduction of compulsory defence training. Unmarried men aged 21 were required to undergo three months training with the militia.
  • The first CAC Wirraway training aircraft, A20-3, takes to the air at Fishermans Bend, Victoria.
  • VFL reintroduced boundary throw ins (reintroduced into the VFA in 1938). Previously a free kick was awarded against the team who last touched the ball. This rule change increased play on the wings.
  • After the completion of the 1939 season, Centre Half Forward Ron Todd leaves Collingwood (VFL) for Williamstown (VFA), one of the highest profile players to move from the VFL to the VFA.
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Melbourne (VFL)
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