Ipswich research project in search of vigoro memorabilia

WANTED: Vigoro memorabilia from a wonderful era of Ipswich sport.

All past and current players, umpires and committee members from Ipswich Vigoro are asked to offer any items from the era 1929-2013.

This includes team photos, trophies or uniforms of players from that time.

The memorabilia is for an Ipswich Sporting Legends research project being overseen by dedicated co-ordinator Sue Ward, working with Ipswich City Council.

Ward is assisting USQ students with an exciting project capturing Ipswich sporting history.

Vigoro is one of the sports being explored during an open day at the vigoro grounds next Sunday from 10am.

"It is planned to capture footage of a game and any memorabilia and short stories the players have of the games in the early days,'' Ward said.

Ipswich Vigoro's proud history dates back to the first team, Hibernian Pastimes, formed in 1929 at Brassall.

The Ipswich Vigoro Association was formed in 1930.

The association supported many teams in A and B grades, and, over the years, teams joined in from Peak Crossing, Glenore Grove, Goodna, Boonah, Booval, Redbank Plains, Bundamba and Ipswich.

It is believed vigoro was the first ladies sporting organisation in Queensland to own its grounds.

Ipswich developed many fine players chosen to represent the state in national competitions.

Various committee members over the years have also formed part of the state and national association.

Vigoro was played at about 14 venues in the Ipswich region in the past.

In 1935, vigoro had six floats of teams in a procession "Back to Ipswich" where a movie was made.

Some teams entertained the inmates at Goodna and Challinor Centre in the early days and shilling evenings were held in the East Honour Hall as club fundraisers.

The umpires also have a colourful history, which will shared at the September 8 open day at the Joyce St grounds at East Ipswich.

Ipswich Vigoro officials Janet Savage and Melinda Park have been actively involved in ensuring the history is preserved for future generations.

However, the public is invited to assist by locating other old photos, uniforms, trophies or memorabilia to be videoed.

A demonstration game of vigoro will be played next Sunday, to allow the USQ students to capture footage of the game for archival purposes.

Did you know?

In the early days of vigoro, many of the committee were also well-known political identities of local and state governments.

Many Ipswich players were captain or vice-captain of the Queensland team and committee members were Queensland team managers.

If you remember these players and managers, share your knowledge at the September 8 open day.



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