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Local football over the decades

22 October 2020

Victoria might not be hosting this year, but that hasn't gotten in the way of our footy finals fever!

Ahead of the 2020 AFL Grand Final, we've scoured our digital collection to bring you some of the best and rarest images of local football.

From a 1933 women’s footy match that drew over 10,000 spectators, to Fitzroy's last VFL game at Junction Oval in the 1980s and a 1905 country footy team photo.

Watch the video above to see how both the fans and the game have evolved over time.

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From the Vault is a video series that delves into the surprising, poignant and sometimes funny stories behind the unique archival images held in the State Library Victoria collection.

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