|Ref: Andre Elliot, Thomas in full flight for the try-line, by kind permission of the photographer, 2014|
Ponsonby is well known as a ‘feeder’ club, with hundreds of its players having gone on to represent Auckland, an impressive 53 players are on its Honours Board for wearing the All Black jersey, and 21 for representing NZ Māori.
|Ref: Ephemera from Ponsonby Rugby Club, 140th Queen's Birthday weekend commemorative badge, 1874-2014|
George Nicholson was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 1914, his commitment resulting in the nickname ‘Mr Ponsonby.’ Shortly before his death at age 90 he presented the Club with his impressive collection of old jerseys and caps; they remain on display in the clubroom’s George Nicholson Trophy Cabinet.
The article below from the New Zealand Herald in June 1874 is believed to the first match report on a Ponsonby game:
|Ref: Excerpt from New Zealand Herald, Volume XI, Issue 3928, 15 June 1874, p. 2, Papers Past|
|Ref: Excerpt from Auckland Star, Volume VI, Issue 1631, 11 May 1875, p. 2, Papers Past|
The 1891 photograph below showcases a successful team:
|Ref: FW Edwards, Ponsonby Football Club, winners of the ARU Senior Cup, no location, 1891, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A5986|
|Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Ponsonby 6th Grade Football Team, no location, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-WP1368|
|Ref: Photographer unknown, Auckland Rugby Union District Cup Competition, Ponsonby vs City, Alexandra Park, 1907, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19070627-11-2|
|Ref: A N Brecon, Ponsonby vs University, no location, 1911, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19110518-4-3|
- Neazor, Paul. (1991). ‘Ponsonby Rugby Club: Passion and pride’
- Ponsonby District Rugby Football Club. (1974). 'Centennial album 1874-1974’.
- Search the Heritage Images database for photographs - use keyword search terms such as Ponsonby rugby and Ponsonby football
- Find newspaper articles and other items via the Index Auckland database - use the subject search term: Ponsonby district rugby football club and also through the New Zealand Card Index database - use the keyword search term: Ponsonby football club
- Search the Papers Past database for full text newspaper articles - use the exact phrase search terms: Ponsonby football club and Ponsonby district football
- And finally (but by no means least) you can find souvenir and match programmes via the Ephemera Index database - use the keyword search term: Ponsonby and rugby.
Author: Rachel, Central Auckland Research Centre