Historical information

Essendon champion, John Coleman, was sensationally suspended before the 1951 VFL Grand Final. Many believe this cost Essendon the premiership.


The letter is significant because it is one of the few hand-written letters by John Coleman held by the Hall of Fame

Physical description

Sheet of cream writing paper with pale blue lines and buff envelope; handwritten letter (VEF 2230.2.1) in dark blue ink from John Coleman to Mrs Geary thanking her for her kind words over his suspension against Carlton and subsequent missing of the Grand Final. Letter is dated 16/10/51
and address in top right corner is 13 Belmont Avenue, Kew. Envelope (VEF 2230.2.2) is addressed to Mrs D. Geary / 463 Dryburgh Street / North Melbourne and has a blue Australian 3 ╜ pence stamp in top right corner.