Jack Austin: "Victoria's Chifley"
An article from the Sandringham News -- Thursday, June 9, 1955
"In the 1933 grand final, hard-hitting, high-flying full-back Austin broke down many an attack on South Melbourne's goal. Today, in a political atmosphere far more tense and critical than any football final, he wears his party's guernsey in the most important electoral battle in the history of the Labor movement.
He's fighting this election the way he played football -- hard and fair. As one of his organisers told his big team of canvassers: "We're kicking against the wind. We're going straight to the goal, and if anybody gets in the way we hit him fair and square, with the shoulders and hips."
The team is putting everything into the biggest and most enthusiastic A.L.P. campaign in the history of the electorate. They're confident, because they have a solid, unspectacular candidate who has already earned himself a reputation in Labor circles as "the Victorian Chifley."
THE PARALLEL between Jack Austin and the late Labor Prime Minister is quite striking, and the longer you look at it, the stronger it gets. For he's a man who has literally lifted himself by his own bootstraps above the disabilities of his environment -- a self-taught, self-made man who, in his story and person, largely typifies Australian Labor. ..."
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Jack Austin (footballer) - Wikipedia biography ... by grandson Paul M. Austin
The Sydney Swans - Official Web Site
History of the Sydney Swans
RWO - RedAndWhiteOnline.com
Other general information about my father
Portrait of Jack Austin painted in his later life (late 1970s or early 1980s) ...
Portrait copy 1 ....... Portrait copy 2
World War II Veteran information
Sergeant John William Austin
Australian Army service medals 1939-1945
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