A story from our president, Ian Granland:
“Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a 94 year old gentleman at his home in Carlingford, Sydney.
My purpose was to conduct and record an oral interview with Dick Wilson, a former player with both the St George and Eastern Suburbs Clubs.
My knowledge of Dick was provoked by his nephew, Andy Horton a former player and official with the Liverpool Club in Sydney. Andy visited our rooms at Croydon Park for some research last year when he mentioned that ‘Uncle Dick’, who represented NSW, was alive and well and living at Carlingford.
I kept this information in my memory bank until I began researching players for the Society’s Representative Games section which was started some time ago beginning with NSW representative games in 1881; I am now up to the 1947 All States Carnival in Hobart. Since starting, I have loaded 221 games together with their details as well over 1200 players and their bios and in many cases, images.
I saw Dick’s name pop up when documenting rep games after the war in 1946. In that year he played against Queensland, Broken Hill, Perth and Richmond Football Clubs. My interest in him deepened when I found that he was a local and had never played football until the same year.
Dick was a marvellous candidate to interview, now living alone in a modest cottage he built for himself and his family in the mid 1950s.
He loaned me some of his ‘football treasurers’ which included photographs, football records, letters and invitations which we shall scan and add to our digital collection.
I set up our digital recording equipment in his back room and as I asked him questions he gave an amazing account of his life, as a child born in Kensington, Sydney, only 300m from South Sydney’s home ground, his early working experience, a detailed record of his time in WWII, his football and how he moved into working with his brother as builders.
Unfortunately I failed to gain a photograph of Dick, although we do have a number of him when he played.
We will load the interview on our website in the podcast section and hope to have it available for listening in the very near future.”
The photograph we have posted here is from 1990 when the league invited all known members of the 1949 NSW team that played the VFL at the SCG to attend a function at the ground prior to another game against the VFL rep team. Dick is at the bottom right.