Henry Gunstone

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Henry Gunstone
Personal information
Full name Henry Gunstone
Date of birth (1940-07-19)19 July 1940
Date of death 1 June 2024(2024-06-01) (aged 83)
Debut Round 11, 1960, South Melbourne vs. Footscray, at Western Oval
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1960–1962 South Melbourne 13 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1962.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Henry Gunstone (19 July 1940 – 1 June 2024) was an Australian rules football and cricketer.[1] He played thirteen games for the then South Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL)[2] and played eleven games in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition for the Richmond Cricket Club.[3]

Gunstone was nicknamed the "Bradman of the Bush" during his long sporting career as a player and administrator in the Ararat region. In local cricket he scored 129 centuries, including several double and triple centuries. He played for the Victorian Country XI against touring Test teams from England, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies between 1964 and 1982.[4][5]

Gunstone worked for 36 years for the Ararat Rural City Council. He was instrumental in the town's celebration of its Chinese links with the establishment of the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre and Ararat's sister city agreement with Taishan, Guangdong.[4] He died on 1 June 2024, at the age of 83.[2] He and his wife Joy had a daughter and a son.[4]


  1. ^ Greg Baum (16 September 2011). "Loyalty above all for former Swan". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Australian Football - Henry Gunstone". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Victoria Premier Cricket Matches played by Henry Gunstone". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Henry, Lauren (5 June 2024). "Farewell to an Ararat icon Henry Gunstone". The Weekly Advertiser. Retrieved 9 July 2024.
  5. ^ "Almanac Cricket: Vale Henry Gunstone – A cricket icon passes". www.footyalmanac.com.au. Retrieved 6 June 2024.