The SANFL History Centre is continuing to evolve at its new Bowden headquarters, with a significant amount of memorabilia being cared for by a dedicated team of passionate volunteers.
Under the leadership of Manager Christine Halbert, the SANFL History Centre houses a wide variety of South Australian football artefacts, including pictures, trophies, footballs and archival video footage of past Grand Finals.
Halbert revealed the collection is expanding as more people become aware of its existence and the need to ensure the memorabilia is nurtured for generations to come.
Detailed scrapbooks of some of the SANFL’s greatest players – including West Torrens premiership captain Bob Hank – are carefully being digitally catalogued by retired Sturt great Malcolm Greenslade.
Perhaps the most expansive scrapbook is that of South Adelaide champion Peter Darley, who was initially unaware that his mother had been collecting newspaper articles throughout his glittering 13-year career with the Panthers.
Archival footage of SANFL matches of varying grades has been kindly donated by various Adelaide television stations, the challenge now being to digitise the vision which is currently on film reels.
Halbert has encouraged anyone with the ability to assist in this process to come forward while a call has also been put out to unearth the match ball from South Australia’s famous victory against Victoria at the MCG in 1963.
At least four major meetings were convened by the SANFL History Centre last year, with Historians from each of the SANFL clubs helping to share knowledge and pool resources.
Together with continuing to receive donations and catalogue artefacts, the SANFL History Centre’s next major project is preparing for a display of memorabilia at the South Australian Museum in the middle of next year.
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