– Podcasts on The Increase

Frank Dixon
      Frank Dixon

The Society has moved more seriously into posting podcasts on their website.

To those who are not familiar with podcasts, this might explain:  a digital audio file made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

In our case they are interviews with football personalities from Sydney whose experiences throw some light on what Australian football was like in years gone by.  We intend to carry out more of these in coming months.  The Society has A grade audio equipment which will be used in this pursuit

A number of interviews were carried out over the past 15 years but with no-where to keep or maintain them at the time, the tapes were lodged with the State Library of NSW.  Now there is a battle to get copies of these released back to the Society.

All of those interviewed are now deceased.

Nevertheless one or two or the tapes are still in the Society’s possession and they are currently undergoing the process of digitisation.

This interview with Frank Dixon has been segmented into nine parts and is slowly now being loaded onto the site.  It is a very interesting discussion recorded in 1997 by the president of the Society, Ian Granland.  Click Frank’s image to hear a short clip.

“I didn’t set out to make this a professional recording” Mr Granland said.  “I was living on the Central Coast of NSW, not far from Frank and full well knowing his involvement in the sport in NSW, I was keen to get some of his experiences down on tape, given that he was in his late eighties.  I just used an old reel to reel tape recorder that I purchased when I was in Vietnam.”

“The problem with these particular recordings is that the microphone I used was sub-standard so my voice might be a bit difficult to understand.  On the other hand Frank’s voice comes over loud and clear and he gives a wonderful insight of his life from birth until the 1960s.  I can really recommend you listening to these recordings if you are interested in local footy and his life in general.  Click here to check out the recordings so far posted.  A warning though, some of these are quite big files so may take a little longer than normal to load.  Utilise the option: Play In New Window for faster results.

Frank was young enough to play on the NSWAFL owned Australian Football Ground at North Botany (Alexandria).  He had a magnetic personality and was later captain-coach of the South Sydney Club during their stellar period in the 1930s.

He enlisted in the army early in the Second World War and was almost bombed out of existence at Tobruk where he was wounded.

After the war he was a vice president of the NSW Football League and tells of one of his experiences travelling to Melbourne in the train.

He coached the NSW state team between about 1948-55.  Later he was elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney and became involved in the East Sydney club’s successful bid for a licensed club.

Frank Dixon was a good man and one the code can be very proud of.  He is a member of the Sydney Football Hall of Fame.