Hugh Purse

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Hugh Purse
Hugh Purse (before 1915).jpg
Personal information
Full name Hugh L. Purse
Date of birth 2 October 1881
Date of death 6 September 1952(1952-09-06) (aged 70)
Original team(s) Brighton (VFA)
Position(s) Half forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1904–1915 Melbourne 84 (26)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1915.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Hugh L. Purse (2 October 1881 – 6 September 1952) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Purse, originally from Victorian Football Association (VFA) club Brighton, was the younger brother of Melbourne's 1900 premiership player Jack Purse.[1] Noted for his strong marking, Purse played many of his early games as a half forward.[2] He represented Victoria at the 1908 Melbourne Carnival and was also club captain of Melbourne that year.[3]

Purse returned to Brighton, as captain, in 1910, but came back to Melbourne for a final season in 1912 before retiring.[4][5]

Purse's son, Hugh C. Purse, was a leading athlete who became an Australian Army officer and died from wounds inflicted at Tobruk in 1941.[6]

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  1. ^ The Argus, "The Second Half-Season", 27 June 1908, p. 17
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7. 
  4. ^ The Argus, "Williamstown's Bad Shooting", 23 May 1910, p. 5
  5. ^ AFL Tables: Hugh Purse
  6. ^ The Argus, "Personal Notes", 1 August 1941, p. 3.

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