Past: Our Heritage

The Geelong Football Club was founded in July 1859 by the co-founder of Australian Rules Football, Thomas Wentworth Wills. Our Club is the second oldest Club of any code worldwide, hence its history and tradition is rich and varied.  Along with winning 9 AFL premierships and many at other levels, the Geelong Cats history is significant, dating from when The Cats was founded. History from non-premiership years is also important, existing in local folklore and memorabilia which is also on display and can be viewed at Kardinia Park. One of our proudest pieces currently on display is the very first Brownlow medal, presented to Edward “Carji” Greeves in 1924.

Geelong Cats History

The Geelong Cats History

The Mighty Cats are proud of, and committed to caring for Geelong Cats history and ensuring it is displayed safely and responsibly for everyone to see and enjoy. Your tax-deductible donation will greatly assist us in achieving our commitment.  Your donation will be directed towards important Geelong Cats history initiatives such as those outlined below so that the club can tell its story through:

  • restoration and conservation of our collection and archives;
  • the ongoing display and management of memorabilia;
  • acquisition of significant additions to the Geelong Cats history collection; and
  • undertaking research and specialist projects.

To donate memorabilia, contact the Honouring the Past Co-ordinator at



If you would like to further support our club’s history and heritage by donating to the Geelong Cats Community Football and Heritage Foundation please donate online or email

The Geelong Cats Community Foundation is a registered deductible gift recipient and all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible to the donor.