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Glory days of Anzac Oval in the 1950s

Sir – I’ve been researching NT football history for many years and I continue to do so. I have just commented on one of your stories that came up in response to a search I did on Hermannsburg Harriers.

Some of your Alice Springs News stories have been very helpful in my research. I recently spoke to John Smith in response to your stories on the St Francis Boys home in SA. I will be catching up with John in due course.

In 2015 I wrote Colour Bar: Remembering and Forgetting NT Football 1916-1955.

In it I cover the early years of Centralian footy, from the first games at the Winnecke Gold fields in 1903 to the CAFL in the 1950s. Interestingly the photos related to CA footy available on public websites are no where as prolific as for the Top End. Hence my query to you.
As per my comment on the ANZAC oval story I am seeking any photos of the Hermannsburg Harriers football team of the 1950s. In a general sense I am seeking photos of any football in Central Australia especially related to the remote communities. Part of research is tracking the history of AFL in the NT. Remarkably the history beyond Darwin and the CAFL has not been written so that is what I am working on.
I wondered if you might be interested in some sort of story on my work and assist me with a ‘call out’ for images and stories about Centralian Football?
Unfortunately I am in Adelaide at the moment waiting out the Covid 19 travel restrictions to the NT. When they are lifted I intend to return to Darwin and also do a trip for my research to Alice.
If you think you can assist me in my research it would be greatly appreciated.

Matthew Stephen


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