Tom Holland (Australian footballer)

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Tom Holland
Personal information
Full name Thomas Christie Holland
Date of birth(1885-09-15)15 September 1885
Place of birth Parkville, Victoria
Date of death 27 December 1946(1946-12-27) (aged 61)
Place of death Melbourne, Australia
Original team(s) North Melbourne (VFA)
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Half Back
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1904–06 North Melbourne (VFA) 16 (7)
1908 Collingwood 05 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1908.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Thomas Christie Holland (15 September 1885 – 27 December 1946) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL) [1] and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football Association.

Tom Holland was the youngest child of police sergeant Thomas Holland (1843-1901) and Johanna Quigley (1845-1911). He was educated at Xavier College in Kew. In 1904 he was a member of North Melbourne's Victorian Football Association premiership team. He was a premiership player after 5 games when North Melbourne were declared premiers after Richmond sensationally forfeited the Grand Final by refusing to play under the VFA-appointed umpire Mr Allen.

According to the report in the Argus newspaper of 5 October 1904, in the final that qualified North for the Grand Final Holland was involved in a major melee which resulted in him and 2 other players receiving suspensions for the entire 1905 season; fortunately for him and his teammate the melee was not brought to the attention of the VFA until a week or so after the scheduled Grand Final. Consequently Tom Holland received a premiership medallion for being eligible to play on the day of the Grand Final even though he subsequently received a heavy suspension for something that occurred the week before the Grand Final - a doubly fortuitous outcome for him, leaving aside that he did have to miss the 1905 season.

Tom Holland made five appearances for Collingwood in 1908 under the captaincy of fellow-policeman, Bob Nash.

On 16 October 1907 he joined the Victoria Police and served until 22 August 1945.

On 14 October 1914 he married Mary Josephine Harper and they had five children - James Christie, Mary Veronica, Patricia Marie, Thomas Joseph and John Francis Holland. His brother John Joseph Holland was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly between 1929 and 1956.

Notes

  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. p. 405. ISBN   978-1-921496-32-5.


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