Almanac Mystery: Help us solve the problem

 

 

 

 

Kathy Mikkelsen has provided us with a mystery photograph, hoping that someone in Almanacland is able to provide us with its circumstances, personnel or any other helpful information.

 

The photo probably originates from Kathy’s great-uncle’s collection. There may be links to the Narrabeen area and the Catholic Church there.

 

We’ll be happy to accept any helpful insights.

 

Over to you…

 

Later…

 

This from Jason Buffier via Trove:

 

 

And from Kieran Dempsey:

 

Ive done a quick newspaper search on TROVE for 1933 – 34 for Antonian
There are a few reports of a Sydney Rugby League team visiting Mudgee

 

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/161910638?searchTerm=Antonian

This is the teamlist extract from the 16 August 1934 Mudgee Guardian
Note the reference to their colours being ‘chocolate with a gold V’

‘The Antonian team is as follows:
Back, J. McCarthy; three-quarters,
A. Roy, B. MoGrath, T. Riley, J.
MoCauley; halves, P. Connell and
K. Woods; forwards, W. Shannon,
J. O’Grady, W. Kavanah, G. Vaug
han, F. O’Grady, T. Maher (cap
tain). The colors are chocolate with ,
gold V. 1
The Mudgee band will render se- j
lections during the afternoon.
Norman Parkes, the brilliant
three-quarter, will play in a new J
role on Saturday— (full-back— and it
will not be surprising if he scores
from that position, as he is a de
termined runner. N. Johnson should
also give the team added strength,
and Hoban is quite a good hooker,
and should give his three-quarters
a feast of the ball’

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Ive done a quick newspaper search on TROVE for 1933 – 34 for Antonian
    There are a few reports of a Sydney Rugby League team visiting Mudgee

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/161910638?searchTerm=Antonian

    This is the teamlist extract from the 16 August 1934 Mudgee Guardian
    Note the reference to their colours being ‘chocolate with a gold V’

    ‘The Antonian team is as follows:
    Back, J. McCarthy; three-quarters,
    A. Roy, B. MoGrath, T. Riley, J.
    MoCauley; halves, P. Connell and
    K. Woods; forwards, W. Shannon,
    J. O’Grady, W. Kavanah, G. Vaug
    han, F. O’Grady, T. Maher (cap
    tain). The colors are chocolate with ,
    gold V. 1
    The Mudgee band will render se- j
    lections during the afternoon.
    Norman Parkes, the brilliant
    three-quarter, will play in a new J
    role on Saturday— (full-back— and it
    will not be surprising if he scores
    from that position, as he is a de
    termined runner. N. Johnson should
    also give the team added strength,
    and Hoban is quite a good hooker,
    and should give his three-quarters
    a feast of the ball’

  2. Always the historian Kieran. Thanks for sussing that out. We’ll see what else turns up.

  3. Jason Buffier says

    I deferred to a learned friend and rugby league historian, Terry Williams.

    He believes that it a “Business House” team that played in a competition against other companies (Goodyear, Lowes menswear etc…)

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/search/advanced/category/newspapers?keyword=Antonian&keyword.phrase=rugby%20league&date.from=1933-01-01&date.to=1935-12-31

  4. Jason, thanks for that,and thanks to Terry too. I’ll dig out that reference and add it to the post as an image if I can make it work. Cheers. [St George this weekend? Surely?]

  5. Jason Buffier says

    No sweat. Terry was (is?) the curator of the museum at the NRL and he has written a couple of terrific history books on the famous Newtown Bluebags/Jets RLFC. He’s the best in the business.

    I live in hope for a victory over Manly on Friday night. I was on the hill at Brookvale Oval on 3 July 1994 when St. George got beaten 61-0. A record loss, then and now. The scars run deep. I still have the banner from the front of the newsagent on Monday that read “SAINTS SHAME 61-0”. I pull it out and look at whenever I feel my life couldn’t get any worse – and remind myself that it could.

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