The Greatest Team of All—treasures from the Bob Gartland Collection
In September Geelong Gallery will join the wider community in celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Geelong Football Club’s formation in 1859, exhibiting a selection of extraordinary, treasured objects and images from the collection of Bob Gartland that tell the stories of the 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 including the original letter to the widow of Charles Brownlow offering to name an award in his honour; numerous early premiership gold medals; possibly the oldest football club membership card in the world, dating back to 1864; and more than 30,000 images of Geelong footballers. These treasures will present a rich timeline of the club in an exhibition that will be a truly immersive experience of the mighty blue and white from 1859 to the present day.