Photograph, Southland Rugby Team; Crown Studios; 1925; WW.2018.3661.1


Photograph, Southland Rugby Team

About this object

This is a photograph of the 1925 Southland Rugby Football Union Team who were known as the Maroons. Taken by Crown Studios in Wellington, the photograph was likely taken when Southland met Wellington on August 5, 1925.

The Match:

While Southland had previously put up a good fight against Canterbury, they lost to Wellington 19-3 at a time when tries were only worth 3 points.
In the first half Southland were playing with the breeze behind them but only managed to grab one unconverted try. Wellington met this with their own try which they successfully converted. In the second half, Wellington furthered their points by 14 to make the final score of 19-3.

News reports state that the Southland “forwards played with considerable dash but lacked the finish of the home team” and though they had several penalty opportunities, they failed to turn these into points.

Southland Rugby in 1925:

Overall, the 1925 season for Southland was an average year. They won some like the 15-5 score over Otago and they lost some like the match against Wellington.

Who is the photograph?

Back Row L-R: J Lilly, B.A Mahoney, N McDonald, G. Duston, P. Rice, G. Cleland

Second Row: D. Murray. N.W. Burt, W. Hazlett, W. MacDonald, G. Alley, S.P. Batchelor, E. Ottrey

Third Row: A.H. Courtis (Manager), C. Mills, J.R. Bell (Vice-Capt), A.J. Geddis (Manager), T. Roberts, F.C. Jarvis (Trainer)

Front Row: A.T. Walsh, G. Oughton, F. Kilby, E. McIvor, Geoff Haldane, T.W. Preston

Geoff Haldane:

Geoff Haldane played for the Waikawa Rovers Rugby Team who were based at Niagara and was selected from this team to play for Southland. The Waikawa Museum has Geoff's Southland Cap in our collection. If you want to find out more about Geoff, check out our story cap.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Wellington


Crown Studios

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Collection number in black pen on top of the back of the frame: 'WW.2018.3661a'


h 455 mm x w 540 mm x d 50 mm



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

Sport and Leisure

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material paper, card
organic, vegetal, processed material, wood

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