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Key Facts

Full name
David Elliman

Known as
Dave Elliman

17 March 1902

7 July 1995 (aged 93)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 166d
Last game: 23y 67d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 35, 11
Hawthorn: 23

Recruited from
Melbourne (1925)

Dave Elliman

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1919, 1922-192420180.9025%0
V/AFL1919, 1922-192523231.0022%0
Total1919, 1922-192523231.0022%0

AFL: 2,477th player to appear, 6,056th most games played, 3,343rd most goals kickedMelbourne: 360th player to appear, 578th most games played, 316th most goals kickedHawthorn: 2nd player to appear, 767th most games played, 432nd most goals kicked

David Elliman was a handy forward who played with Melbourne (20 games, 10 goals, 1919 and 1922-4), Williamstown (12 games, two goals, 1921) and Hawthorn (three games, five goals, 1925), following which he joined Camberwell for that club’s debut season in the VFA in 1926. He spent two seasons with the Tricolours, playing 30 matches and booting 22 goals. The 1929 season saw him in Sydney embarking on a four season stint with North Shore. During this phase of his career he represented New South Wales 10 times, including all five matches at the 1930 Adelaide carnival when the New South Welshmen beat both Tasmania and Queensland to finish a creditable fourth out of six teams. His final interstate appearance was against the VFL at the SCG in 1932 when, playing in a forward pocket, he contributed five goals to New South Wales’ losing tally of 9.9. He was a Provan Trophy winner for best and fairest in the Sydney competition in 1930.

Elliman moved to Canberra in 1933 where, as well as playing for Acton, he coached the ACT team at that year’s Sydney carnival. In 1935 he transferred to Eastlake where he remained until his retirement as a player in 1940. He was a premiership player with Eastlake in 1937.

Author - John Devaney


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