Illustrated Newspapers

The Illustrated London News was the world's first illustrated weekly news magazine. It was produced from 1842 through to 2003. The increase in wealth and population in the 1950's Australian Gold rushes led to a number of local competitors. The 'Illustrated Australian News', the 'Australian Sketcher' and the 'Illustrated Sydney News' were three of the most prominent of these. The most successful illustrated papers in Australia were linked to existing newspaper firms who already produced daily papers. From the 1860's illustrated newspapers in Australia were usually produced as monthly editions.1

The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper was a periodical published in Melbourne from 1873 to 1889. It was issued in monthly intervals (except a period 1880-1882 when it was published fortnightly). The Magazine was published by the proprietors of the Argus and in 1889 it was merged into another publication the ‘Australasian’, much later to be known as the ‘Australasian Post’. Though Melbourne based, the paper incorporated many stories and pictures from Tasmania and South Australia. The magazine usually had an illustrated cover and a number of woodblock illustration inside (rather than photos). The illustrations were usually on separate pages from the articles. Articles were obviously topical and included sport, the theatre and current events such as new buildings, people in the news, exhibitions among other stories.

The Illustrated Australian News was published by the Syme family out of the Age Newspaper Office. This paper had a variety of names including:
  • The Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 1867 - 1875
  • The Illustrated Australian News 1876 - 1889
  • The Illustrated Australian news and musical times 1889 - 1890
  • The Illustrated Australian News 1890-c1896

The Illustrated Sydney News was published in Sydney between 1853 and 1894 (The newspaper was renamed as The Illustrated Sydney News and New South Wales Agriculturist and Grazier from 1872-81).

A range of other illustrated newspapers existed in Australia during this period and the examples below are from a range of colonial newspapers. Today many of these newspapers have been digitized by the National Library of Australia as part of Trove, and can be easily browsed using the Trove website.

Ned Kelly at Bay - Australasian Sketcher 3 July 1880 p145 - Source: Trove
Ned Kelly at Bay - Australasian Sketcher 3 July 1880 p145 - Source: Trove
Mr. A. Chirnside's Haricot, The Winner Of The Melbourne Cup - Illustrated Australian News 2-Dec-1874 Cover
Mr. A. Chirnside's Haricot, The Winner Of The Melbourne Cup - Illustrated Australian News 2-Dec-1874 Cover
Illustrated Australian News 25-Jun-1887 p17_18 Melbourne - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 25-Jun-1887 p17_18 Melbourne - Source: Trove


Woodblock Print Technology

Woodblock printing had been around for a number of centuries prior to the 1850's. The creation of a print involved getting a drawing or photograph on a plate and then using the supplied image to carve out the engraving. The original image was usually destroyed in the process.

Woodblock prints created an image in the same way as a newspaper press, by stamping a relief image, woodblock prints were relatively easy to incorporate into books, pamphlets and newspapers. Unfortunately engraving was time consuming and expensive which meant that most daily newspapers could not afford to incorporate the technology.

Examples of Woodblock Prints


Winter in Australia - Football in the Richmond Paddock 1866

Illustrated Melbourne Post July 27 1866
The 1866 print later appeared in the NSW based Australian Town and Country Journal which removed the reference to 'Richmond Paddock' and in the attached article describes the scene as a scrimmage.

Note the Round Ball.
Winter in Australia - Football in the Richmond Paddock - Illustrated Melbourne Post July 27 1866- Source: State Library of Victoria
Winter in Australia - Football in the Richmond Paddock - Illustrated Melbourne Post July 27 1866- Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Town and Country Journal 9-May-1874 p28 Football
Australian Town and Country Journal 9-May-1874 p28 Football

Engraver: Robert Bruce ca. 1839-1918
Artist: Oswald Rose Campbell 1820-1887
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111640

Football in Yarra Park 1874

Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 13-Jul-1874 p113
The Australians inherit that fondness for out-door and athletic pastimes which is one of the leading characteristics of a Britisher, and in Victoria in particular this fact is very strongly marked. In the summer months cricket is pursued with, an amount of ardor and enthusiasm which cannot be exceeded by tho votaries of the game in England, and the more robust sport of football in the winter months is tho most .popular means of recreation and amusement for: the young men of the colony. The public are very partial to the game, and flock in thousands to witness the best matches of the season, which are played in the numerous parks with which Melbourne is so bounteously supplied. It is considered one of the sights of Melbourne to witness tho contest between tho Melbourne and Carlton clubs, the two premier clubs of the colony. The combatants keep themselves in good condition for the severe work they have to do, as of all games football is tho most trying to the wind and strength, and demands a more than moderate stamina.''

The scene depicted in the middle page by our artist is a really excellent and faithful representation of what may take place in any football match. The Melbourne Football First Twenty are playing one of the strong suburban clubs near Melbourne. The former are dressed in blue jerseys and blue knickerbockers, with red stockings, and red caps. The opposing team, have striped guernseys and white flannel trousers. The ball is near the Melbourne goal, which is being hotly besieged by the suburban representatives, three of whom have the ball to themselves. The best kicker of their number is preparing to execute his kick towards the goal, about fifty yards away, through the posts of which he has to send the ball. A heavy-weight knickerbocker, however, comes to the rescue, and charges right among the three. His immense weight, and the impetus with which he strikes his opponents, sends them 'to grass,' while the third one, who has just raised his foot in the air to kick the ball, is knocked off his balance by the arm of his assailant. In hot haste one of the suburban men runs up, and has placed his band on the shoulder of the stalwart knickerbocker, and is just prepared to give him a vigorous shove from behind. Then again there is another man coming up to assist his comrade.''

The player in a stooping position is the suburban 'goal sneak,’ so called because he sneaks on the outskirts of a melee to catch the ball if it should come his way, and run towards tho goal to kick it through. He is generally a safe kick, and a speedy runner, so that if he. once gets the ball in hand the chances are he will obtain a goal for his side.''

The player with out-stretched arms has rushed to the front, in order to stop tho ball in its flight towards goal, while behind him are two other players who have to defend the goal. The central umpire is standing by watching tho play, in order to see that the game is played in accordance with the rules. Occasionally there is .an infringement when he awards a 'free kick' to the side on which the erring player is opposed. But the game is so well understood, and played in such a manly and good spirited way, that it is but rarely that he is called upon to exorcise his functions. Though the game is a very rough one, in which many hard knocks are given and taken, it is very seldom, indeed, loss of temper on the part of the players is noticeable. At the termination of a hard fought contest, victors and vanquished assemble and give three cheers for each other, and depart to their homes satisfied with their day's enjoyment.'' - Source- on Trove

Note the Umpire in Street clothes
Football in Yarra Park - Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 13-Jul-1874 p113 - Source: Trove
Football in Yarra Park - Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 13-Jul-1874 p113 - Source: Trove
Football in Yarra Park - Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 13-Jul-1874 p113 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Football in Yarra Park - Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers 13-Jul-1874 p113 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Illustrated Sydney News 25Jul1874 p17 Football in the Colonies - Die Hards v Heavy Swells
Illustrated Sydney News 25Jul1874 p17 Football in the Colonies - Die Hards v Heavy Swells

Engraver: Robert Bruce ca. 1839-1918
Artist: Oswald Rose Campbell 1820-1887
Monogram of Samuel Calvert engraved in image l.r.
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111668

Football 1875

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 12-Jun-1875 p41
We present our readers this month with an illustration of the, most popular sport, perhaps, in Victoria—namely, football. The scene chosen by our artist is the Melbourne football ground, and, we may suppose ourselves looking on at a match being played between the chosen twenties of two crack clubs, the Carlton and Melbourne or Albert-park, these being supposed to be the three strongest in the colony, and, indeed, the records of past matches played between them show that there is little to choose, as regards the skill and strength of the players, between the three clubs. '' Source on Trove

The 1875 image was later republished in the Australian Town and Country Journal as Waratah Club NSW v Carlton Victoria.
Australian Sketcher 12Jun1875 p41 Football - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 12Jun1875 p41 Football - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 12Jun1875 p41 Football - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 12Jun1875 p41 Football - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Town and Country Journal 30-Jun-1877 p20 NSW Waratah Club v Carlton
Australian Town and Country Journal 30-Jun-1877 p20 NSW Waratah Club v Carlton

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111667

Footballer Annual - Cover and Advertisement c1875

The Footballer Annual compiled by Thomas P. Power. 1875-1879
The Footballer Annual was first published at the end of the 1875 Season. The same prints appear in all the 1875-1879 volumes. The quality of the 1876 images are the highest and have been reproduced here. Although an annual rather than a newspaper, the prints are quite early and interesting in their representation of Australian Rules Football.
The Footballer 1876 Cover - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1876 Cover - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1879 Cover - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1879 Cover - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1876 p136 - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1876 p136 - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1879 Last Page - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Footballer 1879 Last Page - Source: State Library of Victoria

All images have 'Azzopardi' on them. The pictures are drawn by Carlton footballer Angelo J. Azzopardi son of printer Antonio Azzopardi

Police News 1876

The 'Frightful Occurrence' print shows Longden of Melbourne being kicked by a Carlton Imperials player.2 In another game that season, Carlton FC played the Carlton Imperials in July 1876 and after a spiteful game cancelled games between the clubs for the rest of the season.3 George Coulthard switched from Carlton Imperials to Carlton this year.

The Blueseum identifies the other game as 26-Aug-1876 vs Western District Combined at Pic-nic Reserve.4
The Carlton Football Club beats all the Western District - Police News, 7-Sep-1876
Frightful Occurrence at a football match in Carlton - Police News 5-Aug-1876 Engraved-JC SLV PN05_08_76_00 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Frightful Occurrence at a football match in Carlton - Police News 5-Aug-1876 Engraved-JC SLV PN05_08_76_00 - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Carlton Football Club beats all the Western District - Police News, 7-Sep-1876 - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Carlton Football Club beats all the Western District - Police News, 7-Sep-1876 - Source: State Library of Victoria

Both images engraved with JC
SLV Link to Frightful Occurrence: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111672
SLV Link to Carlton v Western District: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/240415

At the Football Match 1877

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 07-Jul-1877 p49
At the Football Match. There are no more popular out-door gatherings in winter time than those which take place on Saturday afternoons in Richmond-paddock to witness the football strife which on such occasions is in progress there. These contests attract an attendance which includes all classes, and sometimes numbers as many as 10,000 persons. The winter fashions displayed by ladies always find their full exemplification here, and many such an interesting group can be witnessed as that which our artist has depicted in our front engraving.'' - Source on Trove

Football was not allowed on the MCG in 1877, and matches were played on the adjacent Richmond Paddock.
Australian Sketcher 07Jul1877 p49 Ladies at the Football Match - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 07Jul1877 p49 Ladies at the Football Match - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 07Jul1877 p49 Ladies at the Football Match - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 07Jul1877 p49 Ladies at the Football Match - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/242155

Scene on the Melbourne Football Ground 1877

Police News 9-Jun-1877
Note that the 'Melbourne Football Ground' is probably Richmond Paddock and not the adjacent MCG.
Scene on the Melbourne Football Ground - Police News 9-Jun-1877 - SLV PN09_06_77_00 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Scene on the Melbourne Football Ground - Police News 9-Jun-1877 - SLV PN09_06_77_00 - Source: State Library of Victoria


The Parting Kick

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 29-Sep-1877 p105
The 'Parting Kick' commemorates the close of the football season ; that vigorous athletic sporty having given place to cricket for the summer months.'' - Source on Trove
Australian Sketcher 29Sep1877 p105 The Parting Kick - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 29Sep1877 p105 The Parting Kick - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 29Sep1877 p105 The Parting Kick - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 29Sep1877 p105 The Parting Kick - Source: Trove

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/242155

Football Commences 1878

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 11-May-1878 p24
Cricket has gone out of season; and football is now in the ascendant. . The matches which take place are witnessed by great crowds, and the game is very popular among the juvenile population, as may be seen by a glance at any vacant space of ground half an hour after school is out for the day.'' - Source on Trove

Australasian Sketcher 11-May-1878 p24 Full page - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 11-May-1878 p24 Full page - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 11-May-1878 p24 - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 11-May-1878 p24 - Source: Trove

Artist/Engraver Unknown

First Intercolonial Football Match

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 02-Aug-1879 p73
Football maintains its interest, and every 'big match’ collects its thousands of spectators. The match of Geelong v. Carlton, played on the East Melbourne cricket-ground in June, was witnessed by over 13,000 persons, and was won by Geelong. The South Australian team which came over to play here pitted themselves against 20 of Melbourne on July 1, and the match, which took place on the same ground, gathered at least 10,000 spectators. The result was seven goals to the Melbourne to their opponents' nil. A second match between virtually the same teams was played on the 5th July, and won by the Victorians, who obtained, four goals to their opponents' none. The Geelong team has since visited Adelaide, where it has played several matches.'' - Source on Trove
Australian Sketcher 02Aug1879 p73 Intercolonial Football Match - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 02Aug1879 p73 Intercolonial Football Match - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 02Aug1879 p73 Intercolonial Football Match - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 02Aug1879 p73 Intercolonial Football Match - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/136898

Football Under Lights 1879 (MCG)

Australasian Sketcher 30-Aug-1879 p84
Illustrated Australian News 30-Aug-1879 p137
This amazing match between East Melbourne Artillery and Collingwood Rifles was put on before Melbourne itself had a regular electricity supply. Both the Illustrated Australian News and the Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper produced pictures. An article about the match can be accessed here.
Australasian Sketcher 30Aug1879p84 Football Under Lights - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 30Aug1879p84 Football Under Lights - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 30-Aug-1879 p137 Football by Electric Light - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 30-Aug-1879 p137 Football by Electric Light - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 30-Aug-1879 p137 Football by Electric Light - Source: State Library of Victoria
Illustrated Australian News 30-Aug-1879 p137 Football by Electric Light - Source: State Library of Victoria

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper - Artist/Engraver Unknown
Illustrated Australian News - Monogram of James Waltham Curtis engraved in image l.l.
Illustrated Australian News - SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/136920

Sketches at Football Matches

Australian Pictorial Weekly 1880
George Coulthard was a star Carlton footballer who would tragically die of tuberculosis in 1883 aged 27. Coulthard was also a cricketer and Umpire and played in one, and umpired another two test matches. As a football umpire, Coulthard is reputed to have been the first to wear all-white when he umpired a game between Melbourne and Norwood (SA) on the 1st of July 1880. George Coulthard is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. The Australian Pictorial Weekly was a short lived publication which only ran in 1880.

Sketches at the Football Match Melbourne v Carlton - Australian Pictorial Weekly 12-Jun-1880- Source: State Library of Victoria
Sketches at the Football Match Melbourne v Carlton - Australian Pictorial Weekly 12-Jun-1880- Source: State Library of Victoria
Sketches at the Football Match Geelong v Melbourne - Australian Pictorial Weekly 26-Jun-1880 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Sketches at the Football Match Geelong v Melbourne - Australian Pictorial Weekly 26-Jun-1880 - Source: State Library of Victoria
George Coulthard running with the ball - Australian Pictorial Weekly, no. 7, Melbourne, July 24, 1880 - Source: State Library of Victoria
George Coulthard running with the ball - Australian Pictorial Weekly, no. 7, Melbourne, July 24, 1880 - Source: State Library of Victoria

Melbourne v Carlton - Artist/Engraver Unknown
Melbourne v Carlton - SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/136932
Geelong v Melbourne -Artist/Engraver Unknown
Geelong v Melbourne -SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111684
George Coulthard running with the ball - Artist/Engraver Unknown
George Coulthard running with the ball - SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/104291

Winter Sports

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 3-Jul-1880 p157
Australian Sketcher 3Jul 1880 p157 Winter Sports - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 3Jul 1880 p157 Winter Sports - Source: Trove


A Football Match - Carlton v Melbourne 1881

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 18-Jun-1881 p193
No outdoor sight save that of a great race attracts larger assemblages of Melbourne people than a big football match. If the match is one in which the Carlton club takes a part, this, owing to the known prowess of that club, is sure to prove an additional attraction. And thus it is that, after 10,000 people had on Saturday afternoon, May 28, witnessed Carlton play South Melbourne, an even greater number assembled on the following Saturday to see Carlton play against Melbourne. There are many causes to make these matches so attractive to the public. There is the strong interest of Australians in athletic games, their proximity to town, the inexpensive character of the amusement, and the circumstance that matches almost always take place on Saturday afternoons. The result of all is that the announcement of a match between two crack clubs is always pretty sure to draw together over 10,000 persons, among whom both sexes are almost equally represented, to witness the sport.'' - Source on Trove

Australian Sketcher 18Jun1881 p193 Carlton v Melbourne - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 18Jun1881 p193 Carlton v Melbourne - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 18Jun1881 p193 Carlton v Melbourne - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 18Jun1881 p193 Carlton v Melbourne - Source: State Library of Victoria

Engraved in image l.r.: G.R.A. (SLV identifies as George Rossi Ashton b. 1857.)
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/107131

Football on the MCG Ground 1881

Illustrated Australian News 27-Jul-1881 p132
In the winter months there is no game that takes such a hold of the public mind as football, and to a stranger the appearance of the ground and approaches where a match between the leading clubs is taking place must be a singular one. The games are usually played on one of the metropolitan cricket grounds, which with the contesting teams divides the receipts, and for an hour before the game commences, usually three o'clock, a stream of people commences to flow in- till at last some 10,000 or 12,000 persons are present. The Victorian game of football is entirely different to the English, as the rules of the latter have from time to time been modified until the objectionable features have been entirely removed, and the game, as now played in Victoria, is essentially one of skill, in which mere strength, though of course of some advantage, is not, as in the Rugby game, a sine qua non. The Victorian game has been adopted by all the other colonies with the exception of New South Wales, where, however, it is making considerable progress, and the verdict of those who have seen both games is that the one played under Victorian rules is much superior in every respect, and is certainly more exciting. Our artist in his sketch has depicted a scene that is common every Saturday afternoon. By skilful play one side has brought the ball up to their adversaries' goal, and the player in the foreground has kicked it clean through tho posts, scoring an unmistakable goal, though a dozen hands try to touch the ball as it is going through, in which case the goal would not count. The rough element in football is pretty well eliminated in the game played in Victoria, and though minor contusions are not uncommon, serious accidents are the exception; and the athletic of our youth pursue the game with great zest and vigor.'' - Source on Trove

Illustrated Australian News 27-Jul-1881 p132 Football on the MCG - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 27-Jul-1881 p132 Football on the MCG - Source: Trove
Illustrated Australian News 27-Jul-1881 p132 Football on the MCG - Source: State Library of Victoria
Illustrated Australian News 27-Jul-1881 p132 Football on the MCG - Source: State Library of Victoria

Engraved in image l.l.: SB (SLV identifies as S. Bennett)
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111656


Costume Football Match 1881

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 10-Sep-1881 p289
A charity match on behalf of the family of the late Marcus Clarke (Author of 'For the Term of his Natural Life.'), held at East Melbourne Cricket Club ground. Opera house v remaining theatres.
Australian Sketcher 10Sep1881 p289 - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 10Sep1881 p289 - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 10Sep1881 p289 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 10Sep1881 p289 - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
Link to digitised item: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/miscpics/gid/slv-pic-aab21742

A Great Match on the Melbourne Ground 1883

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 27-Aug-1883 p156
Among our most popular of out-door sports, football takes a very high place. The largest gatherings which take place to witness any form, of amusement— with the exception of our great race meetings — are those which assemble to watch a match between any of the leading football clubs on the Melbourne ground, Yarra-park, and it is one of these which our artist has depicted in our illustration. The crowd on the stand and around the enclosure often numbers from 10,000 to 13,000 spectators. The grandstand, which during the cricket season faces towards the cricket-ground, is during the football season reconstructed so as to face the other way, and, as shown in our engraving, then overlooks the football-ground. These contests provoke the keenest excitement, not only among the players, but also in the very large section of the public who attend them.'' - Source on Trove

Note the picture shows 'Richmond Paddock' rather than the MCG. (Note the lack of point posts)

Australasian Sketcher 27Aug1883 p156 A Great Match on the Melbourne Ground - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 27Aug1883 p156 A Great Match on the Melbourne Ground - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 27Aug1883 p156 A Great Match on the Melbourne Ground - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australasian Sketcher 27Aug1883 p156 A Great Match on the Melbourne Ground - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/136905

Our Match with the Wallaby Flat Football Club 1884

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 28-Jul-1884 p2-3
One my favourite engravings. A great series of images celebrating the trials of country football.

In this plate, dealing with a subject of considerable interest at this time of the year, our artist has depicted the holiday trip of a gallant metropolitan club to teach football to the members of the flourishing club which plays that game in the thriving township of Wallaby-flat. How they came, saw, and were seen, fought strenuously, and if they did not command success deserved it, and retired, if not victorious, at any rate glorious, from the scene of conflict, all this is shown in picturesque form by the pencil of our artist, who has been specially successful in seizing the graphic and humorous aspects of the trip and of the contest.'' - Source on Trove

Australasian Sketcher 28Jul1884 p2 Our Match with the Wallaby Flat Football Club - Source: Trove (2 pages combined)
Australasian Sketcher 28Jul1884 p2 Our Match with the Wallaby Flat Football Club - Source: Trove (2 pages combined)
Australasian Sketcher 28Jul1884 p2 Our Match with the Wallaby Flat Football Club - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australasian Sketcher 28Jul1884 p2 Our Match with the Wallaby Flat Football Club - Source: State Library of Victoria
The Start
The Start
Arrival For Breakfast
Arrival For Breakfast
Wallaby Flat Ground
Wallaby Flat Ground
We Entered the Field
We Entered the Field
An Incident Not in the Programme
An Incident Not in the Programme
Wanted on the Voyage
Wanted on the Voyage
Podger Kicks Our First Goal
Podger Kicks Our First Goal
Unintentional Header
Unintentional Header
The Game was Stopped
The Game was Stopped
Mid Riot Revelry
Mid Riot Revelry
Nuble kicks our last goal
Nuble kicks our last goal
The Way we Left the Field
The Way we Left the Field
Home
Home

Engraved below image l.r.: Troedel and Co., Lithos.
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/240374

Football and its Pleasures 1885

Australian Town and Country Journal 6-Jun-1885 p27
A New South Wales publication, it is probably intentionally blurry about which code of football it is about.
Football and its Pleasures - Australian Town and Country Journal 6-Jun-1885 p27 - Source: Trove
Football and its Pleasures - Australian Town and Country Journal 6-Jun-1885 p27 - Source: Trove
1 Out of Bounds - Note - caption moved and placed with image
1 Out of Bounds - Note - caption moved and placed with image
2 Suspected to be the Umpire - Note - caption moved and placed with image
2 Suspected to be the Umpire - Note - caption moved and placed with image
3 Miss Kick - Note - caption moved and placed with image
3 Miss Kick - Note - caption moved and placed with image
4 Drawn Game - Note - caption moved and placed with image
4 Drawn Game - Note - caption moved and placed with image
5 Hour of Victory - Note - caption moved and placed with image
5 Hour of Victory - Note - caption moved and placed with image
6 The Ball - Note - caption moved and placed with image
6 The Ball - Note - caption moved and placed with image
7 Dont Play Football Awh - Note - caption moved and placed with image
7 Dont Play Football Awh - Note - caption moved and placed with image

Artist/Engraver Unknown

A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum St. Kilda Road

Illustrated Australian News 2-Sep-1885
Football was played by a wide range of people in the community.
A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum St. Kilda Road F. A. Sleap SC - Illustrated Australian News 2-Sep-1885 SLV IAN02_09_85_149
A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum St. Kilda Road F. A. Sleap SC - Illustrated Australian News 2-Sep-1885 SLV IAN02_09_85_149
A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum St. Kilda Road F. A. Sleap SC - Illustrated Australian News 2-Sep-1885 SLV IAN02_09_85_149
A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum St. Kilda Road F. A. Sleap SC - Illustrated Australian News 2-Sep-1885 SLV IAN02_09_85_149


Northumberland Club 1887

Australian Town and Country Journal 24-Sep-1887
In this issue we give the portraits of the crack northern team of New South Wales for the past season; The Northumberland Club was formed in 1883 by Mr. E. J. Young, who saw the club through its first difficulties, acting as honorary secretary for two seasons. This club was the first to adopt tho Australian rules in the northern district of New South Wales; and considerable difficulty was experienced in raising a team of twenty players, as the feeling- against the Victorian, game (as it was then called) was rather bitter. During the first season of the club a series of scratch matches was indulged in; and it was thought at first that the club would have to disband, as there were no fields to conquer. However, early in the next season a match was arranged with the West Maitland Rugby team, which defeated the N.F.C. at its own game. Subsequently little difficulty was experienced in getting players together. The renowed Sydney Club visited Maitland, and gave quite an impetus to the game. Many gentlemen who had at first held back came forward, and by their exertions as players and in other ways greatly helped to place the club in the proud position it now occupies in the north. About this time also a club was started in Newcastle; and, having some able exponents of the game who hailed from Victoria, such as Le Neveu, Murrell, Woodlands, and others, it also managed to defeat tho pioneer club. These reverses naturally gare additional interest to the game, more especially as tho rivalry between Newcastle and Maitland in any kind of athletic exorcise is always very keen. Wallsend about this time made its debut; the matches between these three clubs being always close and exciting.''

During 1885 and 1880 tho Northumberlands, although they never went lower on the list than second for the northern premiership, could not manage to get to the top of the tree. First Newcastle and then Wallsend held the coveted position. During the Season just over the Northumberland Club gained that place, and made a bid for the premiership of the colony, having won and lost a match with the renowned metropolitan premiers. The following summary of the club's doings for the Season compares favorably with the record of any club in the colony.''

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Among the office bearers who have stuck to the club since it was started may be mentioned the Rev. Canon Tyrrell, president; M-ssrs; John Rourke and John Gillies, vice-presidents ; and the popular and genial Mr. H. Williams, who bas boon captain all through tho club's existence. Among the players of the 20 may be found some of the swiftest men in the north on the running track. Many of them are only just commencing to master tho difficulties of a game where experience and skill are required to make a team excel. Most of the players are young, and will no doubt greatly improve as the seasons roll on. Consequently we may hear of the N.F.C. making a successful bid of the premiership of the colony in the time to come.'' - Source on Trove

An etching of a team. The picture is very photographic in structure and could easily have been created based on a photographer. Within a couple of years, photos themselves would replace these prints.
Northumberland Club - Australian Town and Country Journal 24-Sep-1887 - Source: Trove
Northumberland Club - Australian Town and Country Journal 24-Sep-1887 - Source: Trove

Artist/Engraver Unknown

A Match for the Football Premiership 1891

The Illustrated Australian News 1-Oct-1891
The remarkable interest evineed season after season by all sections of the community in the competition for the football premiership of Victoria has furnished our artist with a subject for a spirited sketch, in which he has succeeded in conveying a vivid idea of the general surroundings of a match for the premiership, together with illustrations of some of the leading features of the game. The Australasian Game of football is a Victorian production evolved from the Rugby Union and British Association Game v of which it is in some respects a partial mixture, at the same time, however, possessing original and distinctive features which are not identified with either of the English games. The Victorian Game, as it was originally and for many years designated, was played, and played with, spirit, away back in the early sixties in this colony, at which; time there was no more prominent figure on the football field than Mr H.C.A. Harrison, the present Registrar of .Titles, for many .years the champion amateur runner of Victoria and captain of the then famous Melbourne Football Club. In those days the game was played on unenclosed grounds, the scene of many of the principal contests, notably between Melbourne, Carlton and South Yarra, being the hard ground patch on the north side of the Melbourne cricket ground, the fence of which formed one of the boundaries. As the popularity of the game increased and clubs sprang up in every suburb, so the necessity arose for some organised arrangement under which the leading matches should be conducted, the result being the formation of the Victorian Football Association, which is now the recognised ruling body and court of appeal Secretaries and committees of cricket clubs in want of revenue were not slow to perceive the rapidly growing popularity of the game, and overtures made for the use of leading grounds for football matches in winter soon led to business, nearly every cricket ground of importance in the metropolitan district being now the scene of matches for the football premiership during certain months of the year. By playing the game on these enclosed grounds - an enormous revenue has of course been obtained by the principal football clubs, which, however, has turned out to be not an unmixed blessing, continual squabbles having arisen as to the manner in which the various clubs have disposed of their funds, the principal grievance being the alleged existence of quasi-amateurs in numbers who, while not being openly avowed professionals, are declared to use the game as a means of support. The laws of the game very decisively prohibit professionalism in any shape or form, and as the existence of such an abuse as that referred to- must of course place tho poorer clubs at a disadvantage, the subject is just at the present time a burning question at meetings of the association The premiership contests, which were formally inaugurated in 1870, have year after year aroused increased public interest, the excitement having been sustained by the fact of Melbourne, Carlton, Geelong an' South Melbourne having in turn had their seasons of success, and being deposed by each other in the order named. During the last three months the principal cricket grounds have been densely packed every Saturday afternoon by spectators of these contests, the attendance on occasions of special importance having been known to approach 30,000, and it is one of these matches that our artist has taken as the subject of his sketch. A stranger, especially one of non-sporting proclivities, could hardly realise the overwhelming excitement of such a scene. Club colors are exhibited in profusion in rosettes, handkerchiefs and scarfs, and on parasols, umbrellas, hats, &c; even the dresses of babies, some of which may be seen on certain grounds where local enthusiasm runs high, frantically held aloft by people who. it must be allowed might have drawn the line at such a means of signalling in honor of a goal being kicked by the home team: The Victorian game is also played exclusively in South Australia and Tasmania, and has made considerable headway in New South Wales and Queensland, the result being an alteration of name to that of The Australasian Game, which, however, it is only fair to allow is not quite justified in its comprehensiveness, New Zealand absolutely declining to play it, and remaining firm in its allegiance to the old English Rugby Union Game. The Victorian season terminated on Saturday, the 26th Sept. the premiership being won by the Essendon club.'' - Source on Trove

A Match for the Football Premiership - The Illustrated Australian News 1-Oct-1891 - Source: Trove
A Match for the Football Premiership - The Illustrated Australian News 1-Oct-1891 - Source: Trove
A Match for the Football Premiership - The Illustrated Australian News 1-Oct-1891 - Source: State Library of Victoria
A Match for the Football Premiership - The Illustrated Australian News 1-Oct-1891 - Source: State Library of Victoria

Engraved in image l.l.: J.M
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/136917


Cricket Photos (Grounds and Grandstands)

Football was not allowed on the MCG on a regular basis until the 1880's. The adjacent Richmond Paddock was used instead. From 1877, a reversible grandstand separated the two grounds. The seats in the grandstand could be turned around at the end of the season to face either ground. This Grandstand burned down in 1884.

Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day 1874

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 24-Jan-1874 p184_185
Australian Sketcher 24Jan1874 p184_185 on Boxing Day - Source: Trove (2 pages combined)
Australian Sketcher 24Jan1874 p184_185 on Boxing Day - Source: Trove (2 pages combined)
Australian Sketcher 24Jan1874 p184_185 on Boxing Day - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 24Jan1874 p184_185 on Boxing Day - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab36404

Metropolitan Cricket Grounds 1874

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 28-Nov-1874 p141
A wonderful set of prints of some of Melbourne's most famous cricket grounds.
Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 Metropolitan Cricket Grounds - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 Metropolitan Cricket Grounds - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 Metropolitan Cricket Grounds - Source: State Library of Victoria
Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 Metropolitan Cricket Grounds - Source: State Library of Victoria

Artist/Engraver Unknown
SLV Link to digitised item: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/69181

Carlton CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Carlton CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p141 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Civil Service CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Civil Service CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
East Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
East Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Richmond CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
Richmond CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
South Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
South Melbourne CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
StKilda CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria
StKilda CC - Australian Sketcher 28 Nov 1874 p14 - Source: State Library of Victoria


Intercolonial Cricket Match 17876

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 22-Jan-1876 p168
Australian Sketcher 22Jan1876 p168 Intercolonial Cricket Match - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 22Jan1876 p168 Intercolonial Cricket Match - Source: Trove


Melbourne Cricket Ground - Play! 1877

Illustrated Sydney News 6-Jan-1877 p12
Melbourne Cricket Ground - Play! - Illustrated Sydney News 6-Jan-1877 p12 - Source: Trove
Melbourne Cricket Ground - Play! - Illustrated Sydney News 6-Jan-1877 p12 - Source: Trove


New MCG Grandstand 1877

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 20-Jan-1877 p168
A reversible Grandstand was built at the Northern end of the MCG in 1876/7. At this stage football was played n the Richmond Paddock beside the MCG and was not allowed on the MCG Cricket ground. The seating in this new grandstand could be turned around to face Richmond Paddock in the winter.
Australasian Sketcher 20-Jan-1877 p168 New MCG Grandstand - Source: Trove
Australasian Sketcher 20-Jan-1877 p168 New MCG Grandstand - Source: Trove


MCG Grandstand Fire 1884

Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Paper 22-Sep-1884 p149
The Reversible Grandstand built in 1876/7 burnt down in 1884.
Australian Sketcher 22Sep1884 p149 MCG Grandstand Fire - Source: Trove
Australian Sketcher 22Sep1884 p149 MCG Grandstand Fire - Source: Trove



Changing Technology - Early Newspaper Photos

Although photography had been around for a number of years, a process to enable photos to be included in newspapers was not developed until the late 1880s. This new technology, called half-tone printing, involved converting an image to a series dots which varied in size and spacing. The use of dots allowed an image to be printed with one colour. The Illustrated Sydney News became the first newspaper in Australia to produce a half-tone reproduction of a photograph in July 1888.5 As a consequence of the changing technology, pictorial newspapers began closing or including photos, the Australasian Sketcher closed in 1889. The domination of woodblock prints was over. The age of newspaper photography was about to begin.

Unsurprisingly, some early photos using this new technology include Australian Rules Football teams.

Australian Town and Country Journal 2-Nov-1889 p26 Wallsend FC Newcastle
Australian Town and Country Journal 2-Nov-1889 p26 Wallsend FC Newcastle
Australian Town and Country Journal 23 Nov 1889 p27 Hamilton FC Newcastle
Australian Town and Country Journal 23 Nov 1889 p27 Hamilton FC Newcastle
Illustrated Sydney News 19-Jul-1890 p6 Tasmanian Football Team
Illustrated Sydney News 19-Jul-1890 p6 Tasmanian Football Team
Illustrated Sydney News 13-Sep-1890 p3 Waratah FC
Illustrated Sydney News 13-Sep-1890 p3 Waratah FC





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End Notes


2. Player and club identified in 'A National Game: The History of Austtralian Rules Football' by Hess, Nicholson, Stewart and DeMoore 2008