Society officials unearthed a plethora of material today dating back to 1935 mostly relating to the Newcastle Football League. The photos show the president, Ian Granland working with Mrs Lyn Arnold to load the vehicle.
The documents were donated to the Society by the wife of a former long term official of the league, Jim Arnold, since deceased, which had been gathering dust in her garage for a number of years.
This is a significant find for the Society with most of the collection meticulously filed and catalogued revealing a detailed history of NSW country football, most particularly in Newcastle.
Included in the boxes of objects is a Football Record, cost three pence (3 cents), of an exhibition game at Newcastle Sports Ground between South Melbourne and Collingwood in 1935 when South boasted players like Nash, Bissett and Pratt while the Magpies team included the Collier brothers, Gordon Coventry, Jack Regan and Keith Stackpole, father of the famous former Australian cricketer.
Collingwood won the match 11.10 (76) to 10.13 (73) in what was described as a desperate and highly skilled encounter. The game was played on a Wednesday before an attendance of 2,000 with a further match between the two scheduled for the following Saturday on the SCG.
There are a myriad of photographs in Mr Arnold’s collection together with newspaper cuttings and Newcastle (National) Football League annual reports also dating back to 1935. In this year and for a number of seasons for the most part, prior to 1948, there was only one or two teams in Newcastle. These played either inter or intra-club games, matches against visiting Sydney clubs as well as in that particular year, the VFL exhibition match.
Some of the photographs are titled but many are not and officials have already made an approach to a former leading Newcastle AFL Official, Chris Arnold (no relation) to offer suggestions as to the identity of the images.
Interestingly, Mr Arnold kept two photo-lithographic blocks featuring footballers. Wooden blocks with a zinc face featuring the image, were universally used in a process to produce photographs in the printing trade up until the late seventies. These two were obviously utilised by the Newcastle Football League in their various periodicals.
Another interesting object is a poster advertising a match between the Perth Football Club and a Newcastle representative side at the Newcastle Showgrounds on 29 June 1957.
There is no doubt that Mr Arnold would be very pleased and proud to have his collection lodged with the History Society providing a home where the material will be very much treasured and valued. Also his father, elected to the Australian Senate in 1940 for NSW, J J Arnold, who was secretary of the Newcastle Football League for several years, was a man keen to put the game on the map in the coal city. His image also features in the many prints in the series.
Mr Granland said the Society is concerned that collections such as Mr Arnold’s may not be recognized for what they are and following the passing of their owner, these football treasurers are, on many occasions, just disposed of. He urges anyone with a similar collection to contact the Society for its eventual safekeeping.
Note: In 2000 the Newcastle Football League combined with the Central Coast FL to form the Black Diamond Australian Football League playing for the oldest continuous sporting trophy in Australia, the Black Diamond Cup.
|1957 Perth FC Poster
North Shore FC