The Hawks Museum 2019

The task of telling the Hawthorn Story has continued with over 3,750 visitors during 2019. Footy fans, schools, community and sporting organizations, many from interstate and overseas, have come to learn more and pay homage to their brown & gold heroes.

The Hawks Museum achieved a significant milestone in 2019 gaining Re-Accreditation with Museums Australia. The museum
had to demonstrate its ability to build a collection, store it safely, catalogue the objects, create innovative and informative displays, offer a positive visitor experience and provide historical content for publication and events. Hawthorn has the only re-accredited museum in the AFL that is open to the public.

We welcomed 29 new members to Glenferrie Gold, the Life Patrons of the Hawks Museum, which now numbers 174. 706 fans joined the ‘Friends of the Hawks Museum’ for 2019. Both of these valued groups offer marvelous support.

Former Club President, Ian Dicker is to be thanked in assisting the Hawks Museum with the acquisition of two Best & Fairest Trophies won by Leigh Matthews in 1976 and 1977.The 1976 trophy holds great significance. Two days after the 1976 Premiership, former captain and a member of the 1971 premiership, Peter Crimmins tragically died from cancer. To recognize his outstanding contribution to Hawthorn the Club bestowed the honour of having the Best & Fairest Award carry his name. Now known as the ‘Peter Crimmins Memorial Best & Fairest Trophy’, his teammate, Leigh Matthews won the renamed award in its inaugural year, 1976.

John Troucher, who resides in Western Australia, kindly donated Ian Mort’s guernsey worn in the Club’s first Premiership in 1961.Through John’s wonderful generosity the museum now has nine guernseys from 1961.The other guernseys were worn by Graham Arthur, Brendan Edwards, John Fisher, Les Kaine, John Peck, Garry Young, Colin Youren and John Winneke.

Our most recent acquisition was received from Tasmania.With the passing of her father Fred Wain, who played 34 games (1949-50, 1952) for the Hawks, his daughter Mandy Bannon donated her father’s 1948 Reserve 18 Best & Fairest trophy.

New exhibits presented during the year featured tributes to our Indigenous players, to Ian Dicker, VFLW, Hawks Netball and the premiership success of the VFL Blind Football team. This year’s ‘They made the Brown & Gold’ display honoured Andrew Angwin, Peter Schwab and James Morrissey.

The latest task that the museum has undertaken is the production of a book to mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1971 Premiership.We are seeking the loan of photos and memorabilia to copy and we would be very interested in hearing your stories of that epic season.

The museum would like to acknowledge Michael Derum for his service as our MC since the first Friends Function, held in 1994. He has indicated it is time for him to hang up his boots. Michael, a renowned storyteller with a wonderfully engaging personality held many an audience captive with his commanding knowledge of historical fact and infectious humor.

Club Legend Leigh Matthews & former Club president Ian Dicker presents Matthews 1976 Best & Fairest Trophy to the Hawks Museum

John Troucher presents the guernsey that Ian Mort wore in the 1961 Premiership to the Hawks Museum

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