Sir Ross Hutchinson
Hutchinson playing Australian rules football
|Member of the Western Australian Parliament
|Preceded by||New creation|
|Succeeded by||Bill Hassell|
10 September 1914|
Worsley, Western Australia, Australia
|Died||19 December 1999
North Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australia
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)|
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1942–46|
|Hon. Sir Ross Hutchinson|
|1937–39||East Fremantle||70 (48–19–3)|
|1941–42 1946||West Perth||41 (31–10–0)|
|1947–49||South Fremantle||62 (48–14–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1949.
Sir Ross Hutchinson, DFC (10 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was an Australian rules footballer, coach and politician. He played for and coached East Fremantle, West Perth and South Fremantle in the West Australian National Football League (WANFL) before spending 27 years as a member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.
Hutchinson attended Wesley College.
Hutchinson was used in a variety of positions during his football career including centreman, half back and half forward. Hutchinson, who was born in Worsley, won the Lynn Medal as East Fremantle’s ‘Fairest and Best’ in his first two seasons. He captain-coached the club to a premiership in 1937, as a half back flanker. The following two seasons ended in Grand Final losses, both to Claremont. In 1939 he was captain-coach of the Western Australian interstate football team which took on Victoria.
Hutchinson sought a clearance to West Perth for the 1940 season but as it wasn’t granted by East Fremantle he had to sit out the entire season. He was able to coach West Perth in 1941 and not only steered them to that year's premiership but also to the 1942 'under-age' premiership.
When he returned to coaching in 1946 he had received the clearance which meant that he was able to take the field for West Perth and steer the club to a losing Grand Final.
He made the move to South Fremantle in 1947 and was captain-coach of their premiership team that year, kicking two goals in the Grand Final from the half forward flank. In 1948 he again coached the club to a premiership, but he had retired as a player and it was only in an off-field capacity. Hutchinson continued as non playing coach in 1949, his final season. South Fremantle finished in third position, the only time he failed to coach a WANFL club into the Grand Final.
He is one of only two people to have coached three separate WA(N)FL clubs to premierships, with John Todd being the other. Perhaps most remarkably, he steered each of the clubs to premierships in his very first year. He coached 176 WANFL games in total, 72.4% of which were won.
In 1950 he successfully ran for the newly created seat of Cottesloe in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for the Liberal Party, holding this seat until his retirement in 1977. After David Brand led the Liberals to victory in 1959, Hutchinson was named Chief Secretary, Minister for Health and Minister for Fisheries, posts he held in both the Brand-Watts and Brand-Nalder Ministries. From May 1974 to February 1977, Hutchinson was speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly.
He was knighted for services to the state of Western Australia when he retired from politics.
- "West Australian Football Hall of Fame - Playing Record of all Members @ March 2012". West Australian Football Commission. p. 2. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- Ross Hutchinson's profile from AustralianFootball.com
|Western Australian Legislative Assembly|
|New seat||Member for Cottesloe
|Speaker of the
Western Australian Legislative Assembly