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Negative - Geelong, Victoria, pre 1920 Image Reg. No: MM 002776

Description Of Content:
Portrait of a football team. The location is given as 'Geelong' and they are wearing sweaters with horizontal stripes. The back row all wear army uniform and the word'...camp' has been written on the upper left-hand corner.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from J Hannaford, 1986
Acknowledgement:
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: australian army, camp sites, football, soldiers, sport, sporting clubs, military forces
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Australian Rules Football
Tertiary Classification: players
People Depicted: Homfray, R.W.G.
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, pre 1920

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Michael Rogers Posted on 25 Oct 2012 9:45 AM
The jumpers are the woolen alternative to canvas lace-ups worn by Victorian Football League club, Geelong 1897-1918. The man seated left front row is wearing the GFC 1912-18 lace-up guernsey but these were worn over a white shirt. (The tunic worn by the soldiers in the back row was introduced in 1912.)
But this not the Geelong VFL club, none of men pictured are recognisable as players of the club in the period from verified team photos from this period.
This appears to be a group of footballers at an army camp around 1912 wearing Geelong FC colours.
The Universal Service Scheme, the first system of compulsory military service in Australia was passed into law in 1911 - the above may be some of the first to do this duty. The location could be the rifle range adjacent to the Corio Oval in Geelong where the VFL team played at the time. The football uniforms may have been loaned by the club.

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