- Jack Austin (footballer)
John William "Jack" Austin (9 December 1910 – 8 March 1983) was an
Australian rules footballplayer for the South Melbourne Swans from 1930 to 1938, playing 140 games in the back-pocket and at full-back. Austin was judged one of the best players in South Melbourne's 1933 premiership win over the Richmond Football Club.
Austin was born in Boort in country Victoria, and grew up in Montague in inner-south-suburban
Melbourne, where he excelled at various sports, including swimming and foot-running as well as winning trophies in the local district football competition. Recruited to South Melbourne from South Districts via Cheltenham in 1930, Austin played for the Swans throughout their glory years as the "Foreign Legion", playing in all four grand finals for the Swans between 1933-1936.
Austin was a fast, hard-tackling, high-marking player, and stylish right-footed kicker, versatile in competing in both defence and around the ground play. Austin retired from the South Melbourne team in 1938. He married Clare Hanrahan in 1939 and had two sons. During
World War IIhe served for five years in the Australian Army. After the war he worked in administrative positions in the transport, media, racing and brewing industries.
Austin joined the
Australian Labor Partyin his youth and was an active member of the Federated Clerks Union(now part of the Australian Services Union). He was also active in the Industrial Groups, which were set up by Labor in the Victorian trade unions to combat the Communist Party of Australia, which then controlled the Clerks Union as well as many others. In 1954, when Labor split over the issue of communism, Austin sided with the anti-communist "Movement" forces led by B.A. Santamaria, and against the party's federal leader, Dr H.V. Evatt.
As a result, Austin was twice a candidate for the House of Representatives, contesting the seat of Flinders in 1955 for the
Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist), the breakaway group opposed to Evatt, and in 1961 for its successor, the Democratic Labor Party(DLP). At both elections he polled 14.8 percent of the vote. In 1961 his preferences were decisive in the Liberal candidate retaining the seat. When the DLP was dissolved in the 1970s, Austin returned to supporting the ALP.
In retirement Austin lived a quiet life with his wife in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Chelsea. Diagnosed with
lung cancerin late 1982, Austin died in hospital on 8 March 1983 at the age of 72.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Jack Austin — Infobox CanadianSenator honorific prefix =The Honourable name=Jacob Austin cabinet= term start=August 19, 1975 term end=March 2, 2007 birth date=birth date and age|1932|3|2 birth place=Calgary, Alberta death date= death place= profession=Lawyer… … Wikipedia
Mark Austin (footballer) — Mark Austin Personal information Full name Mark Austin Date of birth 24 … Wikipedia
Jack Allen — may refer to:* Jack Allen (actor) * Jack Allen (Australian footballer) * Jack Allen (footballer) * Jack Allen (politician) a unionist in Northern Ireland * John F. Allen physicist * Jack Allen (Adventures in Odyssey) a character in a Christian… … Wikipedia
Jack Warner (disambiguation) — People named Jack Warner include:* Austin Jack Warner (b. 1943), Trinidadian football administrator, businessman and FIFA Vice President * Jack Warner (1892 1978), former head of Warner Brothers studio * Jack Warner (actor) (1896 1981), British… … Wikipedia
Austin Wonaeamirri — Infobox afl player NEW playername = Austin Wonaeamirri fullname = Austin Wonaeamirri image capt = Austin Wonaeamirri in action for AFL Mel birthdate = birth date and age|1988|10|02|df=y birthplace = Milikapiti, Melville Island, Northern Territory … Wikipedia
Matt Austin (Australian footballer) — Matt Austin Personal information Full name … Wikipedia
Mark Johnson (footballer) — Mark Johnson Mark Johnson while playing in his final season with Fremantle Personal information … Wikipedia
Nathan Brown (Australian footballer, born 1988) — For the Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, see Nathan Brown (Australian footballer, born 1976). For the Australian rules footballer who played for Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, see Nathan Brown (Australian footballer, born … Wikipedia
Mitch Brown (Australian footballer born 1988) — This article is about the West Coast Eagles footballer. For the Geelong footballer, see Mitchell Brown (Australian footballer born 1990). Mitch Brown Personal information Full name Mitchell Brown … Wikipedia
David Mackay (footballer) — This article is about the Australian rules footballer. For soccer players with the same name, see David MacKay (disambiguation). David Mackay Personal information Full name David Mackay … Wikipedia