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Key Facts

Full name
Carlisle Melrose Byron Jarvis

Known as
Carlisle 'Bub' Jarvis


10 December 1906

Place of birth
East Fremantle, WA (6158)

6 November 1979 (aged 72)

Place of death
Mount Lawley, WA (6050)

Senior clubs
East Fremantle

State of origin

Hall of fame
Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2004)

Carlisle 'Bub' Jarvis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East FremantleWANFL1924-1937163180.11

Nicknamed ‘Bub’, Jarvis enjoyed an illustrious 14-season (1924-37) league career with Old Easts during which he gained almost universal recognition as Western Australia’s foremost defender. A Lynn Medallist in 1934, his last full season, he was runner up in the Sandover Medal the same year. In the highly informed view of Dolph Heinrichs, Jarvis was “beyond any doubt (East Fremantle’s) greatest defender”.¹ This assessment was rubber-stamped in 1997 with his inclusion at centre half back in the club’s official ‘Team of the Century'. His league career with Old Easts comprised 163 games during which he kicked 18 goals.

A key member of no fewer than seven blue and white premiership teams, Jarvis surprisingly only represented the state on eight occasions, in large part because of his refusal to travel interstate. He also suffered several debilitating injuries, one of which barred him from selection for the 1927 Melbourne carnival (although it is quite likely that he would have refused to go in any case).

East Perth’s Harry Gepp said: “I think he plays with four hands.” Subiaco’s Tom Outridge added: “I’d rather play against any South Australian or Victorian than I would against him.” Educated at Fremantle Boys’ School, he also represented played first class cricket for Western Australia. 

Author - John Devaney


1. The South Fremantle Story 1900-1975 Volume 2 by Frank Harrison and Jack Lee, page 177.


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.