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Richmond Football Club 'Team of the Century' medal awarded to Royce Hart

2015.0022.0019

Richmond Football Club 'Team of the Century' medal awarded to Royce Hart

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Physical description

A square bronze coloured medal on a black and yellow ribbon in a dark blue velvet pouch. On the front of the medal is text that reads RICHMOND FOOTBALL CLUB / TEAM / OF THE CENTURY / Proudly Acknowledged by TOMMY / HAFEY / CLUB' with a picture of a man. Inscribed on the back is text that reads 'Centre Half Forward / ROYCE HART / Tommy Hafey Club Luncheon / June 13 2008.

Statement of significance

The Royce Hart collection documents Hart's Australian Rules football career at Richmond Football Club from 1966 to 1977. Hart's career coincided with the club's most successful era during which Richmond and Hart played in five Grand Finals, winning four. Hart captained the team from 1972 to 1975 and was awarded the club's best and fairest medal, the Jack Dyer medal, on two occasions. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and, in 2013, was elevated to the status of 'Legend'. He was named in the AFL's team of the century in 1996, and in Richmond's team of the century. The collection includes team jumpers, blazers, trophies, medals, photographs, magazines, posters and documents.

Australian Rules football evolved in Melbourne in the mid-nineteenth century. Codified in 1859, the game drew on other ball games but developed a distinct style of play. It is Australia's most popular indigenous game and has spread from its Melbourne birthplace to all Australian states and territories where it is played and supported in increasing numbers.

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