|Full name||August D. Kearney|
|Date of birth||22 November 1870|
|Date of death||10 March 1907(aged 36)|
|Place of death||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Geelong College|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1898.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
August D. "Gus" Kearney (22 November 1870 – 10 March 1907) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), and was a part of the Bombers' 1897 premiership team.
Kearney died young on 10 March 1907, after a nasal operation.
The Prize "was first awarded in 1908 in memory of Dr 'Gus' Kearney, an outstanding sportsman and former captain of the School who died at the young age of thirty-six years in March, 1907. The award was provided by the Old Collegians’ Association. In 1908, Norman Morrison described the award ‘to be awarded annually on the lines of the Rhodes Scholarships, for proficiency in school work, combined with prowess in athletic sports’."
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