Playing Career: 1910
Debut: Round 17, 1910 v Richmond
Carlton Player No.: 242
Last game: Round 18, 1910 v St Kilda
John Tolson 'Jack' Massey was born in Hawthorn, he played 2 consecutive games for Carlton, kicking 1 goal, after debuting in 1910. He was recruited from Carlton Juniors.
For the first few years of the Blueseum, Massey was listed as 'Jack' but in late 2007 information came to light on John linking his playing career to his achievements off the field, after a researcher from the Australian Dictionary of Biography sought information on his playing career - which in turn led to Carlton making contact with Massey’s descendants in Longueville, New South Wales.
Indeed, the 1955 version of Who’s Who in Australia did not carry any information in respect of Massey’s playing career. But it did in part list John Tolson Massey MBE as the honorary Captain i/c of the YMCA with the AIF’s 4th Division from 1915-19; a National Staff Member of the YMCA in the United States in 1925; an Executive Secretary of the National YMCAs of England in 1939; and the National General Secretary of the YMCA of Australia from 1944.
Massey was also seconded to the Commonwealth Government as organiser of voluntary organisations and churches assisting assimilation of immigrants into Australian life in 1949.
Massey passed away at Camberwell on the 18th July, 1981 aged 84.
LinksArticles: John Massey's MBE
Blueseum: Summary of playing statistics for Massey | Achievements | Massey's Blueseum Image Gallery