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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.

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1953 Flood Match - TheAge25May1953p12 Section of Wells Cartoon
1953 Flood Match - TheAge25May1953p12 Section of Wells Cartoon


1950

  • Australia joins Korean War
  • First Test match including play on Boxing Day (in Melbourne), replacing the regular Victoria-New South Wales match. Annual Boxing Day Matches begin in 1980
  • Frank Sedgman retained Australian Tennis title, defeating Ken McGregor
  • Melbourne: Coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland wins the Mobil Quest after winning the Sydney Sun Aria the year before
  • Power Without Glory author, Frank Hardy, in court over libel charge. Hardy is acquitted on June 18, 1951
  • Hawthorn (VFL) change to the brown and gold vertical stripes.
  • Collingwood (VFL) Coach Jock McHale retires. Bervyn Woods appointed but is replaced within days by Phonse Kyne who would go on to coach the club for 14 years.
  • North Melbourne (VFL) reaches the Grand Final for the first time since joining the League in 1925.
  • 11th ANFC Carnial at Brisbane, won by Victoria.
  • VFA Premiers - Oakleigh (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Essendon (VFL)
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1951

Bernie Smith (Geelong) 1951 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1951 Kornies Footballers in Action - Photographer Unknown
Bernie Smith (Geelong) 1951 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1951 Kornies Footballers in Action - Photographer Unknown

  • Frank McEncroe from Bendigo introduced the Chico Roll as a new fast food snack.
  • 1951-52 Polio Epidemic
  • Divisional vans introduced for police patrol duties.
  • Jean Lee became the last woman to be hanged in Australia, when she, Robert Clayton and Norman Andrews were executed in Melbourne for the murder of bookmaker William Kent. Lee was the first woman hanged at Pentridge since 1894
  • Train collides with a bus at a level crossing. (Near Horsham) - 11 Deaths
  • 'Coulter Law' player payments payments increased from ?4 to ?5 per game
  • John Coleman (Essendon) missed VFL Grand Final due to suspension by the Tribunal. Essendon lost the Grand Final by 11 points.
  • Box Hill (VFA) enter the VFA
  • Moorabbin (VFA) enter the VFA
  • VFA Premiers - Prahran (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Geelong (VFL)
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1952

  • Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in England
  • The first express trains run between Melbourne and Adelaide, following the completion of a railway between the two cities
  • Essendon player Lance Mann wins the Stawell Gift, his team-mate, Norm McDonald runs second
  • VFA Premiers - Oakleigh (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Geelong (VFL)
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1953

Bill Hutchison (Essondon) 1953 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1953 Argus Football Portraits - Photographer Unknown
Bill Hutchison (Essondon) 1953 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1953 Argus Football Portraits - Photographer Unknown

  • First Begonia Festival held in Ballarat
  • Melbourne Knights FC founded as 'SC Croatia' and joins the Victorian Football Federation the following year
  • 12th ANFC Carnival in Adelaide, won by Victoria
  • Alan Ruthven (Fitzroy) kicked a goal late in the 'Flood' match at the Western Oval (Footscray) to provide Fitzroys only score. Heavy rain had caused the drains to clog and the ground had deep pools of water on it Footscray kicked 10-6 (66) to 1-0 (6).
  • VFA Premiers - Port Melbourne (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Collingwood (VFL)
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1954

  • Australia's first drive-in theatre, 'Skyline', opened in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood.
  • Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Prince Philip for Royal Tour, included greeting around 70,000 ex-servicemen and women at the MCG
  • The 'Petrov Affair' rocked Australia. The Affiar climaxed with the defection of a Soviet Secretary and the seizure by Australian Officials of his wife from the hands of KGB agents while they were taking here on a plane back to Russia while it refueled at Darwin Airport. The Petrov's later lived in Melbourne.
  • North Melbourne (VFL) begin using 'The Kangaroos' rather than 'The Shinboners'
  • John Coleman (Essendon) dislocated his kneecap, ending his career
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Footscray (VFL)
  • Victorian Railways closes the Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook narrow-gauge railway (now Puffing Billy Railway).
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1955

Fred Goldsmith (South Melbourne) 1955 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1955 Coles Victorian Footballers Series 3- Photographer Unknown
Fred Goldsmith (South Melbourne) 1955 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1955 Coles Victorian Footballers Series 3- Photographer Unknown

  • Arrival of Australia's one-millionth post-war migrant, Barbara Porritt of Yorkshire, arrives in Melbourne
  • Melbourne's first parking meters are installed
  • First Moomba festival was officially opened (following similar parades since 1951)
  • Summer of the 17th Doll', by Ray Lawler, opens at the Union Theatre, Melbourne
  • First theatrical appearance of 'Housewife Megastar' Edna Everage by actor Barry Humphries at Melbourne University
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Melbourne (VFL)
  • Victoria's first parking meters were introduced in Melbourne.
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1956

  • Electric trams cease operation in Geelong.
  • International and Australian Surf Championship Carnival begins at Torquay, Victoria.
  • Olympic Games rowing events on Lake Wendouree (Ballarat)
  • The 16th Olympic Games held in Melbourne, with 67 nations competing.
  • International and Australian Surf Championship Carnival begins at Torquay, Victoria.
  • TV stations GTV9 and HSV7 open in Melbourne.
  • Myer Christmas Windows began in 1956 and later the Myer Christmas Parade.
  • Electronic Scoreboard first used at the MCG for the Olympic Games. Designed by Adelaide inventor Edward Thomas Both, The scoreboard was placed in front of the existing scoreboard and was removed after the games.
  • 1956 Olympic Demonstration Sport - Aussie Rules Match
  • 13th ANFC Carnival in Perth, won by Victoria
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Melbourne (VFL)
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1957

Brian Gleeson (St Kilda) 1957 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1957 Kornies Mascots - Photographer Unknown
Brian Gleeson (St Kilda) 1957 Brownlow Medal Winner - 1957 Kornies Mascots - Photographer Unknown

  • The last edition of The Argus newspaper is published.
  • First In Melbourne Tonight Show (IMT) starring Graham Kennedy on GTV9
  • Mordialloc (VFA) enter the VFA
  • Fitzroy changed from the Gorrillas to the Lions
  • VFA Premiers - Moorabbin (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Melbourne (VFL)
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1958

  • Charles Boyles turns 70
  • ICI House at the top edge of the CBD becomes Melbourne's first skyscraper.
  • Monash Univeristy founded in Melbourne's eastern suburbs
  • Thousands of Greek men riot when the bridal ship Castel Felice is 9 hours late to arrive in Melbourne
  • Stirling Moss records a lap time of 1:50.0 on the Original Albert Park Circuit
  • Dandenong (VFA) enter the VFA
  • Player numbers changed at the last minutes in the VFL Grand Final due to a dispute over copyright, confusing many.
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Collingwood (VFL)
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1959

Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) 1959 Brownlow Medal Winner (shared with Verdun Howell) - 1959 Kornies Swap Cards - Photographer Unknown
Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) 1959 Brownlow Medal Winner (shared with Verdun Howell) - 1959 Kornies Swap Cards - Photographer Unknown

  • Heatwave - One source puts death toll at 145 (Southern regions, Australia) - 105+ Deaths
  • Melbourne: Actors Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner arrive to film On the Beach
  • Modernist Artists group, The Antipodeans, hold their first exhibition. The artists include Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, David Boyd, Robert Dickerson, John Percival and Clifton Pugh
  • Outdoor Venue, the 'Sidney Myer Music Bowl' officially opened by Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
  • American Evangalist Billy Graham drew 130,000 people to an event at the MCG.
  • South Melbourne Hellas formed by the merger of three existing clubs and attracts a large following in Melbourne's large Greek community
  • Prahran (VFA) leave the VFA after loosing occupancy of Toorak Park (Armadale)
  • Sunshine (VFA) enter the VFA
  • A 'Premiership Cup' first awarded by the VFL to the winners at the Grand Final.
  • VFL renames the Second Eighteens' competition as the Reserves
  • VFL renames the Third Eighteens' competition as the Under-19s
  • VFA Premiers - Williamstown (VFA)
  • VFL Premiers - Melbourne (VFL)
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