Chas Brownlow

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Chas Brownlow
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Born Charles Brownlow
(1861-07-25)25 July 1861
Geelong, Victoria
Died 23 January 1924(1924-01-23) (aged 62)
Geelong, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Occupation VFL administrator
Known for Brownlow Medal

Charles "Chas" Brownlow (25 July 1861 – 23 January 1924) was an Australian rules football administrator in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

He was born in Geelong and went to the Geelong College for his schooling.

Brownlow played football with the Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football Association (VFA), before the formation of the VFL, beginning his career in 1880 and playing regularly until 1884, with occasional games thereafter. He captained the club in 1883, leading it to a premiership in that season.[1]

Following his playing career, Brownlow spent many years as an administrator. He began as the Geelong Football Club secretary from 1885 and ending in 1923, a year before his death. He served as Geelong's delegate on the Victorian Football League board from 1902 until 1922, and in that capacity as the VFL's vice president and delegate to the Australasian Football Council from 1911 until 1916, and as chairman of the permit and umpires committee from 1911 until 1922. In addition to this, he was caretaker president of the VFL in 1918 and 1919.[1] He became president of the Australasian Football Council in 1919,[2] and served in that position until his death.[3]

Brownlow married Matilda Jane Barber and they had four children: Daisy, Ruby, Elsie and Charles junior. He earned his primary living as a watchmaker, operating a store in Geelong.[1]

He is known for having the Brownlow Medal named in his honour. It was first awarded in 1924, the season immediately following his death, and is still awarded in today's Australian Football League to the player judged by umpires to be the fairest and best player throughout the year. The Medal is engraved, "Chas Brownlow Trophy".

In 1997, Brownlow was inducted as an administrator into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Brownlow was also secretary of the Geelong Cricket Association between 1896-97 to 1912–13 and treasurer from 1899–1900 to 1912–13.


  1. ^ a b c Darrin Farrant (9 June 1995). "Legend of the game made his mark in the office". The Age. Melbourne. p. 36. 
  2. ^ "Australasian Football Council". The Age. Melbourne. 29 December 1919. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "personal". The Mercury. Hobart, TAS. 6 August 1924. p. 6. 

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