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Tom Power

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Melbourne Rules - Challenge Cup Competition
DOB: 1844 Bristol England.
DOD: 20 November 1904, Middle Brighton Vic.
Original Carlton Football Club player.
Life Member of the V.F.A.
Carlton Secretary: 1870-1877.
Carlton Treasurer: 1870-1879.
V.F.A. Treasurer: 1877
Second Twenty Captain: 1872
Career: 1864-1872












Above right; Could this be Tom Power?
See October 1881 for photo of former Carlton players.

Tom Peter Power

One of the co-founders of the Carlton Football Club Andy McHarg in an interview with The Referee newspaper Sydney March 03 1915;

"The earliest members included T. P. Power, who Mr. McHarg considers was mainly responsible for the improvements made in the pastime. He was the brains of the game in those days., and was always on the lookout for opportunities of advantageously amending the code."


Mark Pennings book "Origins of Australian Football" lists a T. P. Power playing football for Scotch College in 1858.

One of the pioneer players in 1864 and editor of "The Footballer" annual.

1868 May 05
The Argus (p5) reported;
"The treasurer of the Melbourne Hospital acknowledges the receipt of £20 from Mr. Thomas P. Power being a donation from the Carlton Original Popular Readings in aid of the funds of the institution."

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1868 May 30
The Argus has Power named in squad of 24 players, 20 to be selected to play Melbourne at the M.C.G.

1869 September 4
Power named in 24 man Second Twenty squad that played the Hobson's Bay Railway Club on the Melbourne Ground.

Tom Power played in the drawn Challenge Cup match against Albert Park June 18 1870.
The Royal Park ground was inches deep in slush.
It was the first time Carlton had played in a match where the ends were changed at half time.

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T. P. Power was the editor of "The Footballer" which ran from 1875-1881. It was the first publication devoted to Australian Football.
(To view the first edition of The Footballer, click here> www.slv.vic.gov.au/footballvicpam/gid/slv-pam-aaa19900/1 then click on thumbnails to enlarge the page)
(The Carlton Story, H.Buggy and H.Bell p24, 160)

1877 Tom Power was also the first Treasurer of the newly formed Victorian Football Association.

1877 The Melbourne Hurling Club sent a message of thanks to Carlton secretary Tom Power for helping the club in the drawing up of its rules.
(Age June 18 p3)

HINTS ON TRAINING

"In 1879 it was suggested that Carlton was were neglecting their training. Thomas P. Power, treasurer of the Blues, wrote to F. W. "Paddy" Gunn in his best copperplate - and let me tell you it was copperplate of the highest quality - the following letter of protest.
Mr. Dear Gunn - At this interesting stage of the season when Melbourne and Geelong clubs have recourse to systematic training for approaching great events your committee in friendliness would suggest the desirability of adopting similar tactics to maintain the club's old established prestige.
Where two or three players live in the same locality, by meeting together morning or evening for kicking, marking, picking up and otherwise judging the ball when running, they would rapidly acquire a proficiency and familiarity in these essentials of the game which would prove invaluable to them when they meet in the actual field of play.
The question of diet and the observance of the golden rule "Early to bed, etc." your committee leave to your own good sense to judge the value of, and will heartily rejoice with you if any temporary act of self denial will promote success at this all important juncture.
With your committee's continued expressions of friendship and admirations of your efforts.
Yours etc.
THOM. P. POWER. HON. TREAS."
(H. A. De Lacy - Sporting Globe April 29 1939 p5)

1886

FOOTBALL AT HOME AND HERE

Interview with Mr. T. P. Power

Tom Power who recently returned from a visit to Britain talks to the Sportsman newspaper (March 17 p6) about the British Association, Rugby and the Australian games.
To read click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article227679710

1889 June 30
At the VFA meeting at Young & Jacksons, Tom Power along with H.C.A. Harrison, H.H. Budd, and Jas. Boyd were made an honorary life members of the VFA.

1889

THE GOLD MEDALIST

Tom Power had a saddlery business.
"Under the heading "The Paris Exhibition," in Saturday's Argus appears the notification in Australasian Awards-
"Saddlery - Gold Medal, - Mr. T. P. Power Melbourne"
Now that's just splendid! There's my old Scotch College chum of the late fifties going and knocking the stuffing out of the Whole World! Of course it wasn't Thomas Peter himself as did it; Jim Dooley (his foreman) and the henchmen participate in the honour and glory, But the bald-headed fact remains that in a Colonial manufactory in Little Bourke-street Colonial workmen manufactured out of Colonial leather an exhibit that took the cake at Paree! I tell you it does us Colonials proud! Not Victorians alone; no! Nor New South Walesmen! Nor Tassies! But the Whole Blooming Lot of Us! It's honour to Australia! That's what it is! And that's what everybody said to Tom Power as they congratulated him on his splendid success last Saturday."
Olympus - The Melbourne Punch August 29 (p139)
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1904 November 26
"Another old identity passed away this week. In the palmy days of the Carlton Football Club there was no name better known in football circles than that of T. P. Power. He was a host in himself in furthering the interests of the Carlton club, and as hon. secretary for several seasons he was simply the personification of energy.
Those were the days of J. Donovan, O. T. L. O'Brien, T. Gorman, J. Gardiner, G. Kennedy, W. Dedman, Harry Guy, G. Coulthard, W. Monie, W. Goer, W. Newing, J. Clark, G. Robertson and others, when the ringing shouts went up Saturday after Saturday, and season after season. "Forward Carlton," "Now then, Carlton."
I shall never forget the pride Tom Power used to take in connection with the preparation of illuminated addresses for presentation to players. Robert Richardson who died some months ago, was a dab hand at ornamental penmanship, and many a Sunday he spent at Tom Power's request in producing really beautiful work, and the care bestowed on the ornamental work was only exceeded on the care bestowed on the composition of the address. The drafts were something to look at after all erasures, interlineations, and marginal corrections had been completed.
T. P. Power was a man of unbounded energy, and fine business capacity, and on the sport of football alone he published one of the most readable records ever printed in Victoria. Old Carltonians especially will read of his death with keen regret. He attained the age of 60 years."
("Felix" Australasian p20)

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Image: Australian Football Jubilee 1908
Could Tom be wearing the Gold Medal he won at the Paris Exhibition?


Articles: Tom Power Revealed

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