North West Suburbs Police Team 1935c (SLV 122_115)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV

Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/115

Team: Possibly North West Suburbs Police
People: Col Williamson

Date: c1935


Cannot positively identify at this stage but possibly a Footscray team circa 1930’s, if the guernsey is anything to go by.

A quick scan through the published history of Footscray Football Club (see note below) indicates this is not a Footscray Senior Team. Circumstantial evidence that this group is indeed a Footscray side is that the photo has been taken in the exact same location (at South Melbourne, against the background of the grandstand wall) as seen in the image of the (circa 1936) South Melbourne Seconds team (Photo 58, H2008.122/42). This coincidence suggests that Photo 37 is possibly a shot of a Footscray Seconds team taken in the same session as the shot of the South Melbourne Seconds team. (Note South have black shorts; the ‘Footscray’ team have white). Significantly perhaps, Footscray won the VFL Seconds premiership in 1936. So Photo 37 may be a photo of the 1936 Bulldogs’ Reserves premiership side. On the other hand, the socks and jumpers in Photo 37 are not uniform. Note the polyglot nature of the players’ socks in the front row. Similar jumpers to Footscray but also a lack of uniformity in jumper style. Some have hoops up near neck while others have hoops low. Two players are wearing black shorts. The presence of a gent wearing an unusual hat and carrying a cane lends some intrigue to this photo. His central position in the photo may suggest a Services team or Footscray district team. Adding to the intrigue is the presence of two players who very much resemble top footballers from VFL clubs other than Footscray. The player fourth from left in the middle row resembles Colin Williamson (Northcote, St.Kilda, Brighton, not Footscray) and the player on the extreme right of top row resembles Neville Huggins (Fitzroy, North Melbourne, Williamstown, not Footscray). If not Footscray, then possibly Services or workplace team - circa late thirties/early forties.

Eighteen players. Photo 37 is the very same photo as Photo 17 version 8
(H2008.122/251). In photo 17/8 there is substantial emulsion damage at bottom of photo and at right (although no faces obscured). Photo 37 on the other hand is very clear. See John Lash, Chris McConville, Michael Small, Damien Wright (joint authors), Unleashed - A History of the Footscray Football Club, Aus-Sport Enterprises, 1996

Further Work Needed

This team is probably a Police League team.

The Gent in the middle appears to be wearing a police Badge from circa early 1930s. Below is a comparison of a 1901-1936 badge from http://www.ozbadge.com/victoria.html.
Image from this photo on left
Image from this photo on left

The identification of Neville Huggins and Colin Williamson and a subsequent search of Police teams lead to a match with the North West suburbs Police Team. The names of other players on the team appear to confirm this match.

Argus 18 Jun 1936
Argus 18 Jun 1936

POLICE GAMES. (1936, June 18). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 15. Retrieved July 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11043005

Jack Evans
With a nickname of 'Copper', we can easily identify his occupation. Evans was inducted into the Victoria Police Sporting Hall Of Fame in 2011. Evans played for Geelong 1929-38. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Evans_%28footballer%29 Compare his photo to his 1933 Wills card and another Geelong photo.
Jack Evans

Neville Huggins
Huggins played for Fitzroy in 1929, North Melbourne 31-36 and then Williamstown, winning the Recorder cup in 1937. He was also a Policeman by occupation - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Huggins. Compare the photo here to his 1933 Wills Football card and a photo from him in a North Melbourne team.
Neville Huggins

George Jerram
Jerram played with Geelong 1926-29 and North Melbourne 1930-35. Jerram was a Policeman by occupation ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jerram
G Jerram

A Williamstown player was also a policeman. A 1931 Williamstown Chronicle article mentions his injury in a Police match.
A DING—DONG FINISH. (1930, September 6). Williamstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1856 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved July 14, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article69521741

Jack Perkins
A ruckman, played for Northcote until debarred by VFA. Played for StKilda in 1934-36. Captian of StKilda in 1936
Only one player in this photo matches a player in a StKilda Photo and that is front Row far left. This player is probably Perkins

Duplicates - Near Identical Photos

122_115 - Possibly North West Suburbs Police Team circa 1935 V1 - This Image
122_251 - Possibly North West Suburbs Police Team circa 1935 V2

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