We found an interesting par. at the bottom of a report of a NSW v Queensland game played in June 1886.
What took our fancy was the reference to a rock carving at Middle Head and wonder if it still remains?
“PICNIC TO THE QUEENSLANDERS
A very enjoy able day was spent by the Queensland football team on Sunday. The New South Wales Association ten dered them a picnic and a sail round the harbor. After visiting Lane Cove and viewing its beauties, they proceeded to Middle Harbor, where luncheon was prepared in a recherche manner, the principal chef, Mr. Booth and his assistant, Mr. Neilson, coming in for great praise. After the inner man had been satisfied, McClerkin, of West Sydney, showed his ability as an artist by carving the name of Queensland on a rock, over which the two rival captains, Messrs. Gibson and Goer, broke a bottle of champagne, christening the rock in honor of the visitors. The Queenslanders were then taken to Watson’s Bay to see the Gap, and returned to Circular Quay shortly before 6 o’clock thoroughly well satisfied with their day’s outing.”
Source: Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931), Monday 21 June 1886, page 3
West Sydney was a club participating in the then NSW Football Association
T. Booth was a Waratah FC player
R. Neilson was the East Sydney FC secretary