The Queensland Australian Football Hall of Fame was launched on Thursday, 30 October, 2008, in front of a sell-out crowd of 680 people in the Legends Room at the Gabba to recognise the extraordinary contribution of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers, teams and events to the development of the game.
It was launched in Australian Football’s 150th year, and, appropriately, there were 150 inaugural inductees.
This list comprised the 100 nominations for the Queensland Team of the Century, chosen in 2003, plus the five nominations for the Coach of the Century, and the Umpire of the Century.
In addition, 40 people were chosen from other parts of the football family to recognise their outstanding service and contribution, and for ability, sportsmanship, integrity, commitment and character.
Among the 150 inaugural inductees were seven “legends” nominated to further recognise their extreme high achievement. The legends were:-
• Arthur Collinson – A long-time administrator considered to be the forefather of the game in Queensland in the early 1900s. In a 35-year stint he held every senior position with the Queensland Football League. Was also a top-level umpire.
• Harry O’Callaghan – A 50-year servant as player, coach, umpire and administrator from the 1920s to the ‘70s. Had close ties with South Brisbane Football Club before helping to form the all-conquoring Windsor Football Club and serving for 22 years as the Queensland delegate to the National Football Council.
• Dick Verdon - Fullback in the Queensland Team of the Century, he was a homegrown 240-game champion with Sandgate and Coorparoo, State captain and coach and 20-year football servant in Hervey Bay and Mackay.
• Tom McArthur – Queensland Umpire of the Century who officiated in a national record 502 senior games from 1950s to the ‘80s and this year was the first resident Queenslander inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
• Jason Dunstall – Originally from Coorparoo, he was a Hawthorn champion who ranks third on the all-time AFL goal-kicking list and was the first Queenslander inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
• Leigh Matthews – Hawthorn champion and AFL Team of the Century member who did so much to elevate the standing of the game in Queensland as coach of the Brisbane Lions triple premiership sides of 2001-02-03.
• Michael Voss – Originally form Morningside, he was captain of the Queensland Team of the Century, Queensland’s first Brownlow Medalist and captain of the Brisbane Lions triple premiership sides of 2001-02-03. Later became the first homegrown Queenslander to coach at AFL level when he took charge of the Lions in 2009.
Posted here is a brief background snapshot of the inaugural 150 inductees. Many of the details were kindly supplied by prominent football historian Greg Parker, the Hall of Fame inductees or their families, or was researched by the selection panel. For that help AFL Queensland is most grateful. But the job is not done. This is an important part of Queensland football history and will continue to grow.
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