Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Peter Bourke

Known as
Peter Bourke

28 June 1883

18 March 1951 (aged 67)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 311d
Last game: 23y 310d

Senior clubs
South Ballarat; South Melbourne

Peter Bourke

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South Ballarat
South MelbourneV/AFL1906-19071780.4735%0

AFL: 1,111th player to appear, 6,885th most games played, 5,306th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 172nd player to appear, 625th most games played, 512th most goals kicked

During the two decades or so prior to the First World War, the standard of football played in Ballarat was, at times, the equal of that played anywhere else in Australia, and it is at least arguable that games played by footballers in the Ballarat Football Association should be regarded as having been of league standard. By whatever yardstick you care to adopt, South Ballarat's Peter Bourke was an accomplished footballer. He played numerous games for the blue and reds in two separate spells, in between which was sandwiched a two-season (1905-6), 17-game stint with South Melbourne in the VFL. Bourke, who was a member of South Ballarat's 1909 premiership team, was a regular BFA representative player, with arguably his best performance coming in a 41-point loss to a South Australian number two combination at Jubilee Oval in 1910, when the visitors created a good impression and were heartily applauded for their uphill game¹.

Author - John Devaney


  1. A contemporary, but unnamed, press report, quoted in 100 Years On: Centenary Ballarat Football League, page 45.


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