Geelong Gallery – A Glimpse Into The History of The Geelong Football Club Formation

Posted 12 September 2019


A Glimpse Into The History of The Geelong Football Club Formation

We are Geelong, the greatest team of all…
We are Geelong; we’re always on the ball…
We play the game as it should be played…
At home or far away !
Our banners fly high, from dawn to dark…
Down at Kardinia Park….. !!!

Unknown Photographer 1895 team at Corio Oval Bob Gartland Collection, Image Courtesy Geelong Gallery

The Greatest Team of All – Treasures from the Bob Gartland Collection will be showcased at The Geelong Gallery!

Joining the wider community in celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Geelong Football Club’s formation in 1859, the Gallery is exhibiting a selection of extraordinary, treasured objects and images from the collection of Bob Gartland that tell the stories of the Geelong Football Club.

Bob Gartland is a life-long supporter of the Geelong Cats and a passionate historian of the Club, and of the lives and careers of its players. Over several decades, Gartland has collected tens of thousands of items of national importance.

Unknown Photographer Children in the backyard 1880’s Silver Gelatin Photograph Bob Gartland Collection

This exhibition provides an account of the club through a history of photography, graphic design, and uniform design across a century.


Bob Gartland has released from his collection for the first time precious 19th and early 20th century original photographs, film and sound recordings, and players’ garments.

These treasures present a rich timeline of the club in an exhibition that is a truly immersive experience of the mighty blue and white from 1859 to now.


Eye spy art adventures—The Greatest Team of All
Tuesday 1 October, at 10.15am

Members exclusive—Bob Gartland and Jason Smith
Thursday 24 October, from 5.30pm
This is a free event  |  Bookings essential




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