Dave Adamson

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Dave Adamson
Personal information
Full name David Hastie Adamson
Date of birth 14 June 1874
Date of death 10 October 1914(1914-10-10) (aged 40)
Place of death Beverley, Western Australia
Original team Napier Imperials
Position(s) Follower / Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1897–1903 South Melbourne 90 (11)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1903 season.

David Hastie 'Dave' Adamson (14 June 1874 - 10 October 1914) was an Australian rules footballer who played for South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Originally from the Napier Imperials, Adamson was a follower and made his South Melbourne debut in the first round of their inaugural VFL season. He captained South Melbourne in 1899 and led the club all the way to the Grand Final, where he played as a fullback in a narrow loss to Fitzroy. His brother, Jack, also played for South Melbourne, in the 1897 and 1898 seasons.

Adamson later moved to Western Australia and worked at the Bank of Australasia. He was found dead on the bank's premises on 10 October 1914, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his temple.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Suicide At Beverley.". Eastern Districts Chronicle (York, WA : 1877 - 1927) (York, WA: National Library of Australia). 16 October 1914. p. 5. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Obituary Notices.". Upper Murray and Mitta Herald (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 15 October 1914. p. 3. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  • Dave Adamson's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.