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After promoting the formation of, and captaining an 1858 incarnation of the club, Tom Wills co-wrote Melbourne's first laws.
After promoting the formation of, and captaining an 1858 incarnation of the club, Tom Wills co-wrote Melbourne's first laws.
Wills' cousin H. C. A. Harrison captained Melbourne from 1861 to 1872, and later served as club president.
Wills' cousin H. C. A. Harrison captained Melbourne from 1861 to 1872, and later served as club president.
Former Parade Hotel near the MCG, where in 1859 the "Rules of the Melbourne Football Club" were drafted
Former Parade Hotel near the MCG, where in 1859 the "Rules of the Melbourne Football Club" were drafted
Melbourne playing in Yarra Park at the start of the 1874 season
Melbourne playing in Yarra Park at the start of the 1874 season
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A ruckman leaps above his opponent to win the hit-out during a ball-up
A ruckman leaps above his opponent to win the hit-out during a ball-up
Statue next to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the approximate site of the 1858 football match between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. Tom Wills
Statue next to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the approximate site of the 1858 football match between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. Tom Wills is depicted umpiring behind two young players contesting the ball. The plaque reads that Wills "did more than any other person – as a footballer and umpire, co-writer of the rules and promoter of the game – to develop Australian football during its first decade."
Engraving of a football match at the Richmond Paddock, 1866. The MCG and its first pavilion are visible in the background, as are kick-off posts, the
Engraving of a football match at the Richmond Paddock, 1866. The MCG and its first pavilion are visible in the background, as are kick-off posts, the forerunner of today's behind posts.
Engraving of the first intercolonial football match between Victoria and South Australia, East Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1879
Engraving of the first intercolonial football match between Victoria and South Australia, East Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1879