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Football, AIF - Australian Rules Football

From the Collection of Dandenong/Cranbourne RSL Sub Branch 44 – 50 Clow Street Dandenong Victoria

Description
Brown leather football, deflated. Stitched together. Four leather threads at top of ball. Has stencil painted markings on both top sections.
Size
H17cm x W32cm x D22cm
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Object Registration
0507
Keywords
football, aif, afl, australian rules, sport, leather, wwi
Historical information
This ball was possibly made by Corporal C. McMullen during WWI. McMullen made footballs for the Australian Imperial Force, all of which were hand stitched. He made the original ball for the 1916 Australian Rules exhibition match held in London and watched by 3000 spectators. McMullen's balls were called "The AIF Ball", indicating that this might be one of them. The inscription "Match .II." suggests it was used for a later match.
When Made
Circa 1915-1919
Significance
The provenance of this object is unknown, but it was potentially made by Corporal C. McMullen for use in an AIF exhibition match. If so, it is a highly significant piece of sporting memorabilia, and holds national significance as an object that tells the early evolution of Australian Rules Football and the importance of sport to the armed forces.
Inscriptions & Markings
THE AIF BALL / MATCH .II.
Last updated
28 Aug 2018 at 10:47AM