Melbourne Rules - Challenge Cup Competition
DOB: 1847 Ireland*
Original Carlton Football Club player.
Captained Carlton at times in 1867.
Career: 1864 - 1872
Francis (Frank) Robert Hillsden.
Brother of Charlie Hillsden
Harriet D. and Robert Hillsden both aged 29 arrived in Sydney April 16 1850 on the "Elizabeth" (711 tons) with their children, Charles, Frank, Harriet and Lucy. They had departed Plymouth England on December 21 1849. (Ozships)
1864 Played at Royal Park in first ever Carlton Football Club game.
Frank (Francis) Hillsden was on the first committee for the Carlton Football Club.
1865 "Amongst the other men of the team who gave their usual number of spills to the opposing side, the committee particularly noticed the hard, splendid throw of the Warehouseman's captain, Mr. Clark, by Mr. Hillsden, who collared Mr. Clark whilst running with the ball and threw him over his shoulder in a splendid fall."
(The Herald June 14 1919)
1866 Captained the President's 20 against the Vice President's 20 during the practice period for a football donation by Mr. George Coppin (Carlton President) and distinguished himself for Carlton against South Yarra.
1867 F. Hillsden. One of the players to Captain Carlton during the season.
Known as the "Carlton Terror".
1868 An outstanding player for Carlton.
Frank Hillsden named in squad to play Emerald Hill at Emerald Hill Saturday 6th.June 1868.
1868 Recieved an illuminated address from members conveying expressions of esteem to Mr. Francis Hillsden.
(The Argus 19th. September)
1869 May 22
Played in the first game against Geelong at Royal Park on Queen's Birthday.
(The Carlton Story, H. Buggy and H. Bell. p6,14,15,17,18)
1876 Hillsden listed for this year. Frank, Charlie, or someone else?
.* Frank (aged 3) and Charles Hillsden (less than 1 year old) arrived on board the "Elizabeth" with their family on 16 April 1850 from Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Ireland. Blueseum believes this could be the Hillsdens associated with the early days of the club.
Table Talk March 15 (p28), mentions both Frank and Charlie Hillsden were sons-in-law of George Coppin. Later Coppin married Lucy Hillsden and became their brother-in-law!