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Johnny Lewis (1901–1973)

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Johnny Lewis, n.d.

Johnny Lewis, n.d.

John Francis (Johnny) Lewis (1901-1973) labourer, trade union official and footballer 

Birth: 13 September 1901 at Hotham West (West Melbourne), Victoria, son of native-born parents Henry (Harry) Lewis (1868-1953), wool store employee, and Josephine, née Danaher (1868-1935). Marriages (1) 6 January 1929 at Melbourne to Frances May Williams. They had one son. The marriage ended in divorce in 1946. (2) 1947 at Melbourne to Catherine Mary O’Connor (1905-1998). They had one daughter. Death: 3 July 1973 at Kew; usual address Grattan Street, Carlton. 

  • From 1921 was a champion footballer with North Melbourne and Melbourne. Also an interstate player. Standing 6 ft 4 inches ( and weighing 14 stone 8 lbs (92.5 kgs), he was described as a “giant ruckman”. Retired in 1938 after breaking his arm. Briefly coached Murtoa.
  • Organiser Storemen and Packers’ Union 1943. Assistant secretary 1951. Member of the union’s disputes committee about 1957.
  • Executive member of the Trades Hall Council. State secretary of the Storemen and Packers’ Union 1962.
  • Later worked as a security officer.
  • Cause of death: terminal hypostatic pneumonia (3 days) and carcinoma of lung (1 year).
  • In 1996 inducted in the AFL Hall of Fame.

2 August 1962 p 7.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Sporting Globe (Melbourne), 12 April 1930, p 6

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