About the project

Established in 1877 as the South Australian Football Association, SANFL is the oldest State League competition in Australia, one week older than the Victorian Football Association. Renamed the South Australian Football League in 1907, the N was added in 1927 to reflect the national game of Australian Football.

Much has captivated the South Australian football audience since those formative years, with countless memorable moments and heroic deeds a feature at Adelaide Oval, Football Park and the suburban terraces across metropolitan Adelaide.

SANFL’s History Centre has become a national treasure trove of footy memorabilia. The centre, located at Bowden in Adelaide’s inner west, is home to thousands of South Australian football items, from photos, scrapbooks and classic grand final videos to trophies, blazers, guernseys, footballs and much more. The mission of the SANFL History Centre is to collect, preserve, catalogue and present to the public items of historical significance in the game of football 

The purpose of the SANFL History Centre is: 

  • to manage and maintain the SANFL History Centre and its collection 
  • to collect, preserve, protect, promote and display SANFL memorabilia 
  • to collect, preserve and display Magarey Medals 
  • to digitise films, tapes and other recordings of SANFL games, Magarey Medal presentations, special events & interviews, and, where appropriate, other media broadcasts 
  • to record audio-visual interviews with significant SANFL identities 
  • to conduct any other similar project having the purpose of enhancing, promoting and protecting the history of the SANFL.

In order for the SANFL History Centre continues to grow we need your support. By making a tax deductible donation, you will play a vital role in enhancing, promoting and protecting the history of the SANFL.

We also welcome physical donations of historic objects synonymous with SANFL history - if you have something you'd be willing to donate, your gift could become a valuable part of the collection for future generations. 

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