Peter Burns

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Peter Burns
Peter Burns, Australian rules footballer.jpg
Personal information
Full name Peter Burns
Date of birth (1866-01-05)5 January 1866
Date of death 11 October 1952(1952-10-11) (aged 86)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1897–1902 Geelong 89 (7)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1902 season.
Career highlights
  • Geelong captain 1896 (VFA), 1900
  • South Melbourne (VFA) premierships 1885, 1889, 1890, 1891
  • Victorian representative 14 matches
  • Captained Victoria 1899

Peter Burns (5 January 1866 – 11 October 1952) was an Australian rules footballer in the (then) Victorian Football Association (VFA) and Victorian Football League (VFL).

Burns was a tall ruckman and full-back. Playing originally with Ballarat Football Club in the VFA, he later played with the VFA's South Melbourne and joined the Geelong Football Club in 1892, at which time it was also a VFA club. Geelong became a foundation VFL club in 1896 and Burns played in its first VFL season 1897.

In 1996 Burns was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Conway
Captain of Geelong
Succeeded by
Henry Young