Italian Team of the Century: Ian Stewart (Cervi)

To coincide with Ian Stewart’s appearance on ‘Open Mike’ we reprise Tony De Bolfo’s in depth profile of his family’s Italian heritage.
First published in 2010.

Charles Brooking Hannah – God’s footballer

Carlton’s Charles Brooking Hannah abandoned football for the perilous life of a Christian missionary in China at the turn of the 20th century. Tony De Bolfo reports.

Obituary: Carlton legend Jim Clark

Jim Clark, one of Carlton’s last surviving members of the infamous “Bloodbath” Grand Final of 1945, has died in his hometown of Echuca at the age of 88.

Italian Team of the Century- Alec Epis

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Italian Team of the Century- Charles Pettiona

If you wish to see the whole Italian Team of the Century, it’s available at: http://www.italianteamofthecentury.com.au/final-team.php By Tony De Bolfo Charles Joseph “Laddie” Pettiona Alma only saw Charles on a handful of occasions after she married into the Pettiona family. That was when Charles paid a call to her then address at 69 Poolman Street, Port [Read more]

Italian Team of the Century- Cecil Pettiona

If you wish to see the whole Italian Team of the Century, it’s available at: http://www.italianteamofthecentury.com.au/final-team.php by Tony De Bolfo Cecil William Pettiona It’s nigh on a quarter of a century now since members of the South Melbourne football team of 1933 last took to the Lake Oval. They’ve all gone now – the likes of [Read more]

Italian Team of the Century – Peter Bevilacqua

by Tony De Bolfo Peter Bevilacqua The Carlton Football Club has long been linked with Melbourne’s vibrant Italian community. The old Princes Park ground flanks what was once a tight-knit enclave of Italian migrants, who lugged their suitcases from the weather-beaten wharfs of Victoria Dock and Station Pier to the old boarding houses dotted in [Read more]

Italian Team of the Century- Peter Pianto

If you wish to see the whole Italian Team of the Century, it’s available at: http://www.italianteamofthecentury.com.au/final-team.php By Tony De Bolfo Peter Pianto The walls of Peter Pianto’s lounge room are cluttered with visible reminders of his glorious youth. There’s the Maskell Cup for best and fairest player in the Hampden Football League, as well as the [Read more]