John Holmes was one of the guests at the recent Mullagh-Wills Oration at the MCG. He reflects on what was an excellent event.
John Holmes has spent years researching and listing the location of our many Australian Sports Monuments and sportsmen’s grave sites. Many years ago after visiting Tommy Wills’ grave, he located that of his cousin HCAH.
Phil Dimitriadis explains why Bood from Croxton Cricket Club and Tom Wills are more than likely to be kindred spirits.
Russell Jackson from The Guardian writes about the Tom Wills Grave Restoration Restoration, after spending the morning with the Almanac’s own Phil Dimitriadis. [Another sensitive piece – JTH]
Tom Wills Grave has finally been restored. Phil Dimitriadis thanks the key people involved in this grand project and those that helped with financial support in a touching tribute. [The work of Phil in this project is not to be neglected, cheers to you Phil – Ed]
Colin Ritchie shares a link to an article that provides an in-depth analysis and historical overview of all aspects of the origins of Australian football. Very much worth a read.
Marius Cuming talks with ABC Radio’s Macca on Sunday morning about Tom Wills, his grave restoration project, cricket and local weather.
It is the last day of the Tom Wills Grave Restoration Project… Check out how it has gone!
With just a few days to go in the crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary cash to repair Tom Wills grave, Marius Cuming has penned this letter to Tom.
As part of the Tom Wills grave restoration project Gareth Andrews has donated a copy of the wonderful and rare book Wills Way. We are auctioning it here on the site.
Australia’s first sporting legend and the father of Australian football lies in a crumbling grave in a Melbourne cemetery. With a largely unknown but extraordinary life story, Tom Wills deserves a final resting place in better condition. With the blessing of the Wills family, The Footy Almanac is now raising funds to renovate the gravesite.
What do we know of Tom Wills? Here are a few books and other works where he is depicted. Please add others.