Almanac Footy: City of Melbourne Parking Officers football team

Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker, working mainly in rural communities. Over many years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects and exhibitions.


His current practice is mainly focused on documentary filmmaking and social history. His projects include Football Stories from Country Victoria, for the Victorian Country Football League, and Nukunu – stories of heritage & identity for Melrose Museum and the Nukunu Peoples’ Council in South Australia.



In 2007 Malcolm McKinnon curated an exhibition and made a short film about the surprisingly fascinating story of parking enforcement in the City of Melbourne, wherein cold-blooded bureaucracy collides with passionate civil libertarianism on wheels. 


One of the erudite and entertaining officers that he interviewed was a bloke called Graham McKinnon (no relation of Malcolm) who, amongst other things, told him about coaching a Melbourne City Council football team mainly comprised of parking officers, playing in a competition called the Australian Postal League. Graham reckoned it was a tough competition, with opposition teams sometimes seemingly ‘as keen to have a swipe at an officer as they were to get a kick of the footy’. He kindly gave Malcolm a copy of this team pic from the mid 1980s. Graham McKinnon is the mustachioed bloke in the blue tracksuit on the right-hand end of the line-up.


Not a premiership team, as far as Malcolm is aware, but a great momento from an era when workplace culture could still include a football team. 





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