George Jerram

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George Jerram
Personal information
Full name George Henry William Jerram
Date of birth (1904-08-15)15 August 1904
Date of death 20 May 1948(1948-05-20) (aged 43)
Place of death Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne[1]
Original team(s) Queenscliff Garrison Artillery
Height / weight 185 cm / 89 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1926–1929 Geelong 67 (31)
1930–1935 North Melbourne 77 (10)
Total 144 (41)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1935.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

George Henry William Jerram (15 August 1904 – 20 May 1948) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong and North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Jerrem, a utility, was used as a half forward flanker, back pocket and in the ruck during his career.[2] An interstate player in just his second season, Jerram represented the VFL in the 1927 Melbourne Carnival. He also finished equal sixth in the Brownlow Medal that year, after a good season with Geelong. In 1930 he switched to North Melbourne and didn't miss a game in his first two seasons.[3] He made his last appearance with North Melbourne in 1935 and the following year went to Williamstown, who he captain-coached in 1938.

In 144 VFL games, Jerram was never reported by the umpires and off the field worked as a policeman. After leaving the police force, Jerram became a boiler attendant.

He died in 1948, from a fractured skull as well as other injuries sustained when he fell on a South Melbourne footpath. Accounts of how he fell varied, with the inquest having an open finding, unable to determine whether it was accidental or as a result of an alleged brawl.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Argus, "Man's death in brawl investigated", 21 May 1948. p. 3
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  3. ^ "George Jerram". AFL Tables. 
  4. ^ The Argus, "Open Finding On Ex-Policeman's Death", 1 July 1948. p. 5