On May 18, 1984, the National Gallery of Victoria unveiled an 18th-century painting by Canaletto, ‘The Bacino di San Marco’, the gallery’s most expensive acquisition to date. The unveiling came soon after the discovery that one of the NGV’s Rembrandts was not genuine.
- by Anthony Clarke
In one of the most memorable games in Eagles history, some of the club’s biggest ever names stood tallest - Dean Cox, Chris Judd, Ben Cousins, Daniel Kerr, and Andrew Embley. They booked their place in the grand final, where they’d get their revenge from 2005 against the Swans.
- by Ashley Porter
Carlton obliterated Melbourne by 98 points in Round 13, 2000, and looked on track for a comfortable victory again in the qualifying final before the Demons rebounded in style - en route to an eventual grand final berth against Essendon.
- by Jake Niall and Michael Lynch
In their inaugural AFL campaign, the Power charged home to famously snare the points at Princes Park. The Dogs opened up with eight goals to one in the opening term but were kept to just four majors over the next three quarters as the Power won outside of Adelaide for the first time.
- by Stephen Howell and Bruce Eva
The first ever ‘Q-Clash’ between Brisbane and the Gold Coast remains arguably its most memorable. The Suns won the bragging rights after Brandon Matera kicked the sealer. Lions icon Simon Black’s “mercenaries” comments about Brisbane defectors Michael Rischitelli and Jared Brennan only added more spice.
- by Andrew Stafford
Hawthorn and North faced off in three grand finals in a four-year stretch in the 1970s. But it’s the 1994 qualifying final that’s remembered as a genuine classic. As part of perhaps the best ever opening weekend of finals footy, North prevailed in extra time - with Wayne Carey utterly dominant.
In one of the most famous moments in VFL/AFL history, Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett passed Collingwood icon Gordon Coventry’s all-time leading goal-kicking mark of 1299, which had stood since 1937. After the clash ‘Plugger’ said “it just floated through”, adding “if you’re going to duff it, you might as well duff it straight”.
- by Mark Ray
In front of a mammoth crowd of 99,251, Geelong won by just two goals to win their eighth VFL/AFL premiership. The decider was a ferocious physical contest, but it also featured some sublime examples of individual skill - such as ‘that toe-poke’ from champion full-back Matthew Scarlett to Gary Ablett Jr that led to the game-clinching goal.
- by Rohan Connolly
In 2004, Mary Donaldson of Tasmania married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in a fairytale wedding in Copenhagen. The ceremony, attended by many of Europe’s royals, was watched on TV by millions of people around the world.
- by Peter Fray
On May 13, 1983, the Victorian Football League board of directors met at VFL House to discuss the immediate future of the financially stricken Sydney Swans. The board decided to take control of the struggling club and delivered a $900,000 bailout subsidy.
- by Ron Carter