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rbartlett

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Done.
I found his death notice which mentions his children, if you wanted to try to track some down (or their children more probably). Buried at Box Hill Cemetery. His wife died in 1972, buried in the same plot CE-226-0023.
Thank you ThePope. (I think from memory WhiteHartLane23 reached out to the great grandson through Ancestry, who didn't really know much about his relative.)

Ive also created a TigerlandArchive page for him if you need to link out to it from wiki
https://tigerlandarchive.org/tiki-index.php?page=Walter+Johnston
 

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rbartlett

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Update: I'm financing also the 1915 and 1916 Richmond Guardians.
Trove has just added the impending Richmond Guardian digitisations to the 'Newspaper titles coming' page
https://www.nla.gov.au/content/new-titles-coming
UPDATE: 7 months on, and the Richmond Guardian and Richmond Australian years that I've paid for are about complete. You will see on Trove that the pages are being loaded up but are not active yet
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q&l-advtitle=599&l-advtitle=310&notWords&requestHandler&anyWords&exactPhrase&dateTo&dateFrom&sortby=dateAsc&s=80
 
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rbartlett

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Well done, Rhett. Looks like a chunk of 1913-16 was released for active viewing yesterday !
Thank you.
So all going well ,very shortly online will be Richmond Guardian (1907-1909;1915-1916), and Richmond Australian (1912 - 1916)
 

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Seems the AFLs continued research on the origins of the game is producing some results:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-14/afl-latest-stance-proves-history-of-aussie-rules-is-in-debate/11202802

The AFL has adopted a new position on the origins of Australian football, now claiming it was influenced by Indigenous games.

Key points:
  • The AFL has recognised Indigenous game Marngrook as an "undoubted influence" on Australian Rules football
  • Historians of the game have disputed the AFL's latest stance, suggesting there is no evidence to prove the link
  • The AFL says the sharing of oral history by Aboriginal elders confirms the Indigenous connection to Australian Rules

The change was spelt out in the AFL's recent apology to Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes.

The statement, attributed to the AFL's general manager of social policy and inclusion Tanya Hosch, said: "Aboriginal history tells us that traditional forms of football were played by Australia's first peoples all over Australia, most notably in the form of Marngrook. It is Australia's only Indigenous football game — a game born from the ancient traditions of our country."

The ABC asked Ms Hosch for an interview to clarify whether the AFL believed there was an explicit link between the Indigenous football games, and the sport codified by Tom Wills and others in Melbourne in 1859.
She declined the interview request, but in a statement said: "Marngrook, a high-marking game played in Victoria's western districts, pre-European settlement, undoubtedly influenced what we now understand as the modern AFL football code."

Trust this is the correct thread for this post, if not pls move to a more relevant spot.
 

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