163. George Vautin

Player Inductee

City (Launceston)/Essendon, 1887-1998

> Played four games for Tasmania
> Essendon premierships, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894 (VFA) and 1897 (VFL)
> Awarded Champion of the Colony for Victorian best and fairest, 1895
> Played around 150 senior games in Tasmania and Victoria

One of the first Tasmanians to make a significant impact in Victorian football, George Vautin began his senior career with Launceston-based NTFA side City. In 1889 he was a member of a Tasmanian representative side that played four matches in Victoria. He came to the attention of Essendon officials and in the 1890 season he lined up for the ‘Same Old’.

Renowned for his pace, elusiveness and guile, Vautin quickly established himself as one of the VFA’s top rovers and players. Still a top quality performer when Essendon became a founder member of the VFL in 1897, Vautin was a key contributor to the club’s flag win that year.