Charles Brownlow

Charles Brownlow dedicated his life to sport and the Geelong community. His influence on the Geelong Cricket and Football Clubs, as well as the impact he made on the development of Australian football, is unrivalled. 

Highly respected for his leadership and integrity both on and off the field, Brownlow embodied everything it means to be a true sportsman. As we commemorate a century since the passing of this local legend, we acknowledge a century of the prestigious Brownlow Medal. It’s fitting that the highest individual award in football carries the Brownlow name. Awarded for both exceptional skill and fairness, the Brownlow Medal ensures that his name, along with his legacy and values, will endure forever.

This exhibition shares stories of Brownlow’s early years, his sporting life, his role in expanding the game of Australian football, and the creation of the Brownlow Medal. Geelong legend Paul Couch, winner of the 1989 Brownlow Medal is also honoured in our celebration of the Brownlow story.