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Dave Adamson

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Carlton Captain: 1867
Committee Member: May 17 1865
Career: 1865 - 1868


Possibly a pioneer player in 1864.

"Modest Dave" Adamson one of three ( Frank Hillsden , Harry Chadwick ) to lead The Blues in 1867.
(Centenary Souvenir of Carlton Football Club p6)

1867 Adamson one of 10 Carlton players selected to play in North vs South match in last game of season. North won.

1868 The Argus has Adamson named as captain of the Carlton side to play Geelong on Monday 25th. May.
Adamson (captain) named in squad to play Emerald Hill at Emerald Hill, Saturday 6th. June 1868. (The Argus)

1868 Captained Carlton in the first match against Melbourne (drawn game) at the Melbourne ground.
Adamson was an outstanding player in the 1868 season.
(The Carton Story. H.Buggy and H.Bell p16)

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Mark Pennings in his book Origins of Australian Football Vol.1 speculates that the player holding the ball in this 1868 photo may be Dave Adamson. The only 1868 match in which Dave was named captain was for the opening game of the season against Geelong which was played at Royal Park.
Ben James is standing far left, Dave Adamson is holding the ball, Jack Conway is on our left of Adamson, Robert Robertson is the tall man in the black hat four players to the right of Adamson.

1893 May 25
Original Carlton player George F. Bowen writing under the name of "Olympus" in the Melbourne Punch (p10) recalls Dave Adamson crossing to Melbourne along with Harry Chadwick and James Byrne in 1868.
The 1958 publication The Carlton Story mentions Byrne, Chadwick and Charles Forrester crossing to Melbourne in 1868.
Perhaps George got confused with Forrester.

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