18. Jack Charlesworth

Player Inductee

Cananore, Defender, 1912-29

> Around 200 games for Cananore, 1912-13, 1919-29
> Cananore TFL premierships, 1913, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927
> Cananore state premierships, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927
> Cananore captain, 1924-29
> Tasmanian National Carnival representative, 1924 (Hobart) and captain, 1927 (Melbourne)
> Represented Tasmania v SANFL in Adelaide, 1923

Known as a ‘Collingwood six-footer’ due to his 5’11” stature, Jack Charlesworth was one of the star performers during Cananore’s golden era of the 1920s. Starting with Cananore while still attending the old Queens College in 1912, Charlesworth played in the Canaries’ 1913 TFL premiership before he was transferred to the west coast in 1914, where he continued to play football with Silver King in the Zeehan Football Association. Returning to Hobart at the conclusion of World War One, Charlesworth resumed with Cananore in 1919 and became one of their leading players for more than a decade, playing in a further five league and five state premierships, including the hat trick of league/state doubles from 1925-27.

Universally regarded as one of the finest players in the TFL, he was one of the first picked when it came to intrastate and interstate selection, donning the map guernsey for Australian Football carnivals in both 1924 and 1927, the latter as Tasmanian captain. Arguably his greatest representative success came during the TFL team’s tour of South Australia in 1923, however. In a match against the SANFL team in Adelaide, Charlesworth completely blanketed star Sturt centreman and future test cricketer Victor Richardson – regarded by many at the time to be the best in his position in the country – contributing to a famous Tasmanian victory. Back at home, Charlesworth was appointed Cananore captain late in 1924 and retained the position until his retirement in 1929. One of the most popular personalities in the game in his day, Charlesworth passed away in 1960.