Brunswick Seconds 1930s (SLV 122_054)

Charles Boyles Collection SLV
Link to Photo at SLV Website
SLV Accession no. H2008.122/54

Team: Brunswick (VFA) Seconds
Location: Brunswick Oval (Brunswick)
Date: circa late 1930s, probably 1939-40.

BACK ROW - Unknown, E.Woodbridge, L.Averill, Davis, Sims, Hunt, Waugh, Don Gillon (brother of Alex), Claude Cheeseman, Charlie Kennett, Stan Walker (Assistant Secretary), Bert Rickards.

MIDDLE ROW - Keith Jones (Secretary), Fred Beaumont, Ray Foo, Bill McGrath, C.Gordon, C.Jones, Len Taggart, Bill Patterson (trainer).

FRONT ROW - umpire?, umpire?, Stan Waugh (player), Carroll, Bill Jacobs, Bill Gregg, Arthur Elsom, Les Patterson (trainer).


This is a Brunswick Second Eighteen VFA team, probably 1939-40, taken in front of the historic wooden grandstand at Brunswick.

The grandstand seen here is the original historic all-wooden stand destroyed by fire in July 1975. For a photo of the stand in 1908, see Barnes and Cunningham's history of the Brunswick Football Club, p. 37. The plaque appearing on the stand in this photo was not present in 1908.

Assistance of Bill Jacobs

When Ken distributed a paper (Research Guide to Boyles Photos SLV) in June 2010 with his initial identifications, a number of people responded positively and provided additional information. The North Ballarat Football Club, through their historian Stanley 'Digger' Roberts, were especially enthusiastic and organised a discussion/powerpoint presentation on Boyles at Eureka Stadium. Well-known football and cricket identity Bill Jacobs, accompanied by close friend Peter Bedford (the former state cricketer and Brownlow Medallist) attended the session and, seventy years on, identified most of his old team mates in this photo. Sadly, Bill Jacobs passed away in 2011. He is fondly remembered.

Bill Jacobs played football for Brunswick, but later became much better known as a cricketer and cricket administrator. He was Fitzroy's wicket-keeper in the VCA for a considerable period (nineteen seasons) after World War Two, and he managed touring Victorian Sheffield Shield teams and several Australian Test teams.

An Obituary for Bill Jacobs can be found at:

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