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Jack Dyer medal awarded to Royce Hart


Jack Dyer medal awarded to Royce Hart

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Richmond's Best and Fairest award was named the Jack Dyer medal, after the former club captain, in 1964. No medals were presented until 1977 but in 2015, retrospective medals were given to those players who had won the award from 1964 to 1976. Royce Hart won the Jack Dyer medal in 1969 and 1972.

Physical description

Oval medal with on front 'Jack Dyer Medal/ RFC/ 1972', and on reverse 'Best and Fairest/ Royce Hart', with black and yellow ribbons, in wooden themed presentation case. The case is housed in a white cardboard box.

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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