WE ARE RED!!!!

It has been sixteen years since Queensland won the Super Rugby competition held between all of the major clubs from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Last Saturday – we did it! Those supporters who still had a voice by the end of the match would tell you the atmosphere in the stadium was electric!  

… and he’s OV-ER!! Claire Wharton and her father, Geoff Wharton (above) were part of the capacity crowd who cheered the St George Reds (Qld) to victory over the Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) last Saturday evening.

Thanks to Geoff Wharton, the John Oxley Library can add Super 15 Rugby memorabilia to its ephemera collection. Items he has donated include: 

  • Semi-final Super 15 Rugby game ticket, Suncorp Stadium, 2 July 2011.
  • Semi-final Super 15 Rugby Programme, Suncorp Stadium, 2 July 2011.
  • Final Super 15 Rugby Game Ticket, Suncorp Stadium, 9 July 2011.
  • Final Super 15 Rugby Game Programme, Suncorp Stadium, 9 July 2011.
  • Supporter’s banner used at final (pictured below)

Geoff and his brother, Dick Wharton, flash the Reds banner. Organisers distributed these banners throughout the stands for supporters to display during the match and keep as mementos. This one is part of the donation Geoff made to the John Oxley Library.

Geoff and his brother, Dick Wharton, flash the Reds banner. Organisers distributed these banners throughout the stands for supporters to display during the match and keep as mementos. This one is part of the donation Geoff made to the John Oxley Library. It is the survival of these so-called ‘throw away’ items that give later generations a glimpse of how things were done ‘way back then’.

Whether it is a ‘how to vote’ flyer, an invitation, a restaurant menu or a footy banner, these pieces of memorabilia are prized by heritage collections like the John Oxley Library where we make them available for researchers today and in the future. Thank you Geoff for thinking of us!! 

Dr Leanne Day

Queensland Authors Librarian

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