William Oliver

Challenge Cup Competition - Victorian Football Association
DOB: 1853 Broadmeadows Stn. S.A.
DOD: 1950 November 21 South Yarra
Games: 1 - 2
Career: 1876

Oliver's name appears in a list of Geelong College students who played for Geelong and otherclubs. https://gnet.tgc.vic.edu.au/wiki/FOOTBALLERS-VFA-Australian-Rules-Pre-1897.ashx

1876 Oliver recruited from Geelong where he played 4 games..

1876 July 22
Carlton played Geelong on the Pivot's Argyle ground.
The Australasian 's report (July 29) of the match said;
"The blues rally up, and Oliver, a giant in the fray, takes the ball in hand, and rushes through the adversaries who surround him, and carries it on, assisted by Macgibbon and Robertson the greater, to Henry who marks it, and sends it with unerring aim between the sticks - Goal no.4 for Carlton..."

1876 August 12
Oliver named in the Carlton team that defeated Albert Park at Albert Park.
(The Argus)

1880 June 19
S. Oliver was named as an emergency for the match against Essendon. (same player?)

1885 May 25
A player named Oliver was named in the Carlton Second Twenty team squad of 23 that played Daylesford at Daylesford on the Queen's Birthday Holiday.
(same player?)

Trove; Herald November 22 1950 (p15)


"Mr. William Oliver, a retired pastoralist now living in South Yarra, is the only survior of the 1869 race*.
Mr. Oliver was born in 1853. He and Mr. G. H. Wise, of Sale, born the same year, are the oldest living Scotch Collegians.
Mr. Oliver holds the No.1 medallion of the Melbourne Cricket Club and also the Victoria Racing Club.
(Herald April 24 p4 1950)
(.* annual boat race between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College first run in 1868)

An article in a Kalgoorlie Miner November 24 1950 said William's father John was shot and killed by a bushranger in 1857.
His mother then rode on horse back with William, from Broadmeadows Station in South Australia to Geelong and back, a distance of 500 miles, to have William christened!
The Kalgoorlie Miner has misprinted the surname as Olwen.

Broadmeadows was in the S.E. border region of South Australia, just east of Naracoorte.
The name of the property was later changed to Hynams.

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