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Joe Fogarty
Born (1887-12-24)24 December 1887
Hotham, Victoria
Died 28 June 1954(1954-06-28) (aged 66)
Armadale, Victoria

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Fogarty (24 December 1887 – 28 June 1954), MC, OBE, M.B.B.S. (Melbourne), is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne, Essendon and University in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He is one of four Fogarty brothers that played senior VFL football. He also served in the Australian Army Medical Corps in World War I, eventually attaining the rank of Major.


One of the ten children, six boys and four girls, of the wealthy wine merchant and former Mayor of Hotham (now known as "North Melbourne") Thomas Fogarty (1836–1900) and Cecilia Mary Fogarty (1854–1933), née Cullen, Joe Fogarty was born on 24 December 1887 in Hotham, Victoria. He married Gladys Willshear (1890–1979), at Brompton Oratory, in England, on 24 December 1916.[1] He died at Armadale, Victoria on 28 June 1954.

Australian 21st Battalion innoculation parade Egypt 1915 AWM photo A00752

Medical Officer Captain J.P. Fogarty (centre)
vaccinating Australian soldiers against cholera, in Egypt, August 1915, prior to them leaving for Gallipoli.


Four of the six Fogarty brothers played VFL football: Thomas Bernard "Tom" Fogarty (1878–1922), played for St Kilda, South Melbourne, and University for a total of 95 games,[2] John Joseph Fogarty (1882–1952), played a single game for South Melbourne,[3] Andrew Christopher "Chris" Fogarty (1884–1915), played for Essendon and University for a total of 28 games,[4] and Joseph Patrick "Joe" Fogarty (1887–1954), played with South Melbourne, Essendon, and University for a total of 16 games.[5]

His nephew, Thomas Bernard Fogarty (1909–1984), son of his brother Tom, played 13 senior VFL games for St Kilda.[6]


Enlisting in the Australian Army Medical Corps on 26 March 1915, Fogarty served in the Middle East and France with the 21st Battalion during World War I. On his way to the Dardanelles, his transport ship, the Southport, was torpedoed.[7]

He was appointed Captain on his enlistment, and was promoted to Major on 27 April 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Pozieres in July 1916, and was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire for valuable special services during the war in December 1919.[8]

Medical practitionerEdit

After the war, he took up a medical practice in Barkers Road, Kew, Victoria.[9]

See alsoEdit



  • Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
  • Main, J. & Allen, D., "Fogarty, Chris", pp. 65–67 in Main, J. & Allen, D., Fallen – The Ultimate Heroes: Footballers Who Never Returned From War, Crown Content, (Melbourne), 2002.
  • Deaths: Fogarty, The Argus, (Tuesday, 29 June 1954), p.11.

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