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Bill Walton        

Bill Walton


Victorian Football Association
Carlton Captain: 1892
Carlton Vice Captain: 1891
DOB: Circa 1867
DOD: 1938? see below
Career: 1889 - 1893/95*


1889 July 17
Walton selected in the Carlton squad to play N.S.W. at the M.C.G.

1889 September 21
Walton selected to play in the victory against Geelong at Geelong.

Bill Walton played with Carlton in the VFA, being our Captain in 1892.

Bill Walton's brother Ernie Walton was Carlton's first Vice Captain in the VFL.

1890 Among the best men in the season.

1891 Contributed to the success of the team.

1895. Played well at times
(Centenary Souvenir of Carlton Football Club p19,21)

1889 CFC Annual Report, Bill Walton scored 2 goals during the season.

1890 CFC Annual Report, Bill Walton scored 1 goal during the season.

1893 CFC Annual report, Bill Walton scored 2 goals during the season.

Bill Walton retired at the end of season 1895.
(The Carlton Story,H.Buggy and H.Bell p77)

1894 May 25
-*The Inquirer & Commercial News reports the W. Walton captained Rovers against Fremantle. The Freo team included former Blues Lorraine and Moorhouse.

1894 -*The Argus reports Walton now captain of the Rovers F.C. in Perth.
(The Argus June 7)
This item seems out of place with the report that he left Carlton at the end of 1895.

1896 The West Australian reports that "Walton from Carlton has a high reputation" is playing for West Perth.
(May 16 p3)

1935 March 23

Varied History -Billy Walton

"Billy Walton, now of East Perth, and 68 - and proud of it, is physically as young as 50 and could pass for less - but in 1891 and 1892 he captained the Carlton Football Club in the Melbourne League and staged historic battles with South Melbourne, Fitzroy, and Geelong. The four of them made up the then proud quartette of clubs playing Australian football in excelsis. In 1893 Billy played with the team under another captain, and in 1894 came West, attracted by the gold boom. His boat was the old Tasmanian, which was later wrecked on the New Zealand run.
In Gage Roads the Tasmanian was met by several launches hired by local football clubs, who were anxious to secure the services of Billy Walton and seeveral other Melbourne footballers who accompanied him. The (then) Fremantle Club had one launch and aboard were J. Hogden, Matt price, and J. A. Diamond and Harry Shaw, who were the chief executives of the clubs. Walton explained that he had a letter to Mr. Balharry, secretary of the West Perth Club, and could not talk business until he had an interview with that representative of the club to which he had been commended. In the end Walton played a couple of matches with West Perth in the season just ending. He then joined up with the Rover Club, the chief executive of which was Billy Reardon (of Parker and Parker), Prendergast and Doyle. Walton captained the Rovers for half a season and associated with him were "Punch" Liddelow, Syd Pasch, "Nugget" Edwards, Jack Ochiltree and others.

Goldfields Call

The call of the gold fields was insistent and Billy Walton went to Coolgardie in the middle of the season and varied the "chasing of the weight" with football. he played with the Union Club, which was then only opposed by the Civil Service. The games were played on the historic Fly Flat. Next Kalgoorlie called him and there he alternated digging with football. he played for the Kalgoorlie Club and one of his mates was Bob Robertson ("Robbie") the well-remembered bookmaker and racehorse owner, whose Snail won a Perth Cup.
One season sufficed in Kalgoorlie. The lure of gold called elsewhere. Lindon and Eurilla were next tried for gold and football filled on the week-ends. At Eurilla Walton played against a team from Niagara, 20 miles away, which was captained by "Minnie" Palmer, whose memory is fragrant among the old brigade of Western Australian footballers.

Club Disqualified

From Eurilla went to Paddington and joined up with a club there with the Kalgoorlie League, but after a brief period, and the experience of finding his club disqualified "for life" for rough play. He then retired from football as a player and has since contented himself as an onlooker from the outside of the pickets.
Active football gone, Walton managed "Squashs" sweeps at Kalgoorlie, ran the Grand Hotel in Hannan-street and the Boulder Block Hotel in Boulder for Cox, Beale and Powell and then came to Perth. He joined the Government service and after varying jobs wound up before retirement, with 11 years in the Tramways Department.
That is the life tale (not yet finished) of a captain of the great Carlton Football Club - one of the idols of Melbourne's many thousands every Saturday in the winter season." (Daily News, Perth p6)

Bill's Ghost Towns (courtesy of wikipedia)

Lindon was 180km north of Kalgoorlie near the southern edge of Lake Carey.
Yerilla/Eurilla was 140 km north of Kalgoorlie.
Paddington was 30km north of Kalgoorlie.
Niagara was 153km north of Kalgoorlie named after the US/Canada waterfall. It's waterfall was 3 metres high and only flowed after heavy rain!

1938 Western Mail August 11 reports a William John Walton died aged 71 at Subiaco July 28, same person?

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