Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
George David Challis

Known as
George Challis

9 February 1891

Place of birth
Cleveland, TAS (7211)

15 July 1916 (aged 25)

Place of death
France (Armentières)

Teacher, Clerk (Victorian Railways)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 78d
Last game: 24y 221d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 5, 12

Recruited from
Launceston (1912)

State of origin

Family links
Levi Casboult (Great great nephew)

George Challis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 1,856th player to appear, 3,320th most games played, 4,048th most goals kickedCarlton: 262nd player to appear, 250th most games played, 335th most goals kicked

George Challis, a pacy and highly skilled wingman, commenced his senior football career in 1909 with Launceston and was a member the same year of the club’s NTFA premiership-winning team. In 1911 he represented Tasmania at the Adelaide carnival after which he was awarded the Bibby Trophy as his team’s best player in the competition.

The 1912 season saw Challis at Carlton where he played 70 games and kicked 16 goals in four seasons. A Victorian interstate representative in 1912, he rounded off his career in the best way imaginable by being one of the Blues’ best in their 11.12 to 6.9 grand final defeat of Collingwood.

George Challis went on to enlist and serve abroad in the AIF. He died in action in March 1916 aged just twenty-six.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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