Robert McFarland

Melbourne Rules - Challenge Cup Competition
DOB: July 9 1847 Coleraine, Londonderry, Ireland
DOD: July 4 1876 Carlton, Victoria
Original Carlton Football Club player
First President of the Carlton Football Club: 1864, 1865
Secretary/Treasurer: 1867, 1868
Committee: 1866
Career: 1864-1869

(ancestry.com says he was born in 1848)

Robert Huston McFarland emigrated with his family from what is now Northern Ireland and arrived in Melbourne on board the "Albatross" on October 12 1849.
He was a lawyer and became the solictor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and he died in 1878.
His sons Archibald*, Robert, and Curtis went to school in Hotham and were also home schooled in the family home.
They either had a hand in establishing the Blues, and, or was a player.
Robert "Bot" Huston(?) McFarland, solicitor, was one of the founders of the Carlton Football Club, and the first President 1864 and 1865.

A pioneer player in 1864.

.*(See also Archibald McFarland below)

There is very little information on Carlton team lists prior to 1868.

1868 May 25
The Argus has McFarland named in the Carlton side to play Geelong on Monday 25th. May.

1868 May 30
Named in squad of 24 to play Melbourne on the Melbourne ground.

1868 June 6
Named in squad to play Emerald Hill at Emerald Hill.

1868 July 25
Named in Squad of 24 to play University at Royal Park.

1868 August 15
McFarland named in the 20 that played Melbourne at the Melbourne ground.

1868 August 22
McFarland named in squad of 25 to play South Yarra at South Yarra.


Writing 25 years later in 1893 George F. Bowen aka "Olympus," recalls that Robert McFarland was a shoe-in to continue on as the Hon Sec/Treasurer. Just before the night's proceedings got underway Charlie Hillsden and his brother Frank Hillsden proposed and seconded 25 additional new members. As they had paid their subscription dues they were entitled to vote. When the votes were cast for the Hon Sec./Treasurer position Charlie Hillsden just won and the new members votes were crucial in defeating McFarland.
(Melbourne Punch May 25 p10)

1869 May 22 Queen's Birthday
McFarland played in the opening match of 1869 against Geelong at Royal Park.

1876 July 4
Robert passed away of heart disease at his brother's house in Drummond Street Carlton. McFarland died 5 days short of his 30th. birthday.

Robert McFarland scored the first century for the Carlton Cricket Club.
(The Carlton Story, H. Buggy and H. Bell, P6, 18, 259)

Robert "Bob" McFarland played cricket for Victoria against N.S.W. in 1870.
See Cricket Archives web site.

Brother of Curtis McFarland & Archibald McFarland


From "A Biographical Register 1788 -1939 Vol 2 L-Z" (LaTrobe University)
Archibald McFarland
Born Co. Derry Ireland 01 Jan 1844
Public Servant
Titles Office Melbourne 1862 - 1895
Sheriff of Victoria 1895
A founder of the Carlton Cricket Club and the Carlton Football Club.
Died: March 03 1905 St.Kilda


Archibald McFarland
From "Table Talk," November 15 1895
Trove: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145921491



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