Edward Greeves, Jr.

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Edward Greeves
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Edward Greeves
Personal information
Full name Edward Goderich Greeves, Junior
Nickname(s) Carji
Date of birth (1903-11-01)1 November 1903
Place of birth Warragul, Victoria, Australia
Date of death 15 April 1963(1963-04-15) (aged 59)
Place of death Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Geelong College
Height / weight 175 cm / 76 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1923–33 Geelong 124 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1933.

Edward Goderich "Carji" Greeves, Junior (1 November 1903 – 15 April 1963) was an Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was the winner of the inaugural Brownlow Medal in 1924, for the fairest and best player in the VFL (it is now, since 1990, awarded to the fairest and best player in the Australian Football League).

Greeves played with the Geelong Football Club from 1923–31 and wore jumper number 20.

Best known by the nickname E "Carji" Greeves, he was given the nickname as a baby by a friend of the family, the New South Wales golfer Michael Scott,[1] most likely after he had seen A Country Girl, a popular musical play of the day, which was being performed in Sydney[2] and Melbourne[3] in the months after Greeves' birth in 1903 and featured a character, Carjillo, the Rajah of Bhong [4] who was an Englishman disguised as an Indian rajah. In the 1860s, Greeves' grandmother Julie (née Anderson) was briefly engaged to Tom Wills, the famed cricketer and pioneer of Australian rules football. Historian Col Hutchinson noted that "If Tom Wills had married Julie, we wouldn't have had Carji Greeves".[5]

Greeves was honoured with having the Geelong Football Club's best and fairest award named after him, the Carji Greeves Medal. In 1996 Greeves was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Greeves represented Victoria seven times.

Greeves also attended The Geelong College.


  • Brownlow Medal, 1924
  • Runner-up Brownlow Medal 1925, 1926, 1928
  • Geelong premiership player 1925, 1931
  • Inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • Geelong Team of the Century


  1. ^ Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 71. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X. 
  2. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14576439
  3. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10588719
  4. ^ http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/greeves-edward-goderich-carji-6476
  5. ^ Critchley, Cheryl (12 June 2013). "The mad catter", The Weekly Review. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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