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Possibly Port Melbourne junior team 1942-45 (SLV 122_056)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
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Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/56

Team: Unknown
Location:
Date: circa 1942-45

People:

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Cannot identify team or players. Photo taken in parkland. Port Melbourne-type jumper. The person in Services uniform in the background of the photo provides a clue to the approximate date - 1942-45. Twenty-one players. All the players are under-age, and some of them are very young - about 15 to 17 years. Three officials; five others. White shorts. Almost certainly a junior, under-age team - maybe one from Port district. Possibly a Port Melbourne Football Club junior team.

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The NSM Boyles Collection has two other photos taken at the same location. These two photos show senior teams. The trees and woodpile appear to be the same, so it is likely all three photos were taken at the same time.

One of the teams (seen at this location in the NSM Boyles Collection) is wearing Port Melbourne jumpers. The team includes a number of notable identities - Tommy Lahiff, cricketer Ian Johnson, Laurie Nash and Herbie Matthews. The official on the right hand side of this photo (SLV 122/056) also appears in the NSM's senior team photo seen at this location, and in NSM photo 1986.1170.102 (another Port Melbourne team photo ).

Ian Johnson served in the RAAF during World War Two, so he must have been limited in his ability to play in football charity matches. There is no record of Ian Johnson playing for Port Melbourne.

The second team (seen at this location in the NSM Boyles Collection) are in South Melbourne -style jumpers, but no players are recognised.



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