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East Melbourne Harriers

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East Melbourne Harriers (EMH) was an amateur athletics club founded on 4 April 1895 at the Trinity gymnasium in Melbourne, Australia. The first club president was Sir William John Clarke, a local landowner and philanthropist.[1][2]

The first organised running meeting occurred on 4 May 1895 starting at the Brighton Beach baths with 28 participants in attendance[3][4]

EMH experienced a golden era of athletics under the coaching of Neville Sillitoe. Notable Olympians who trained at the club included Gary Holdsworth, Peter Norman, Greg Lewis, Lawrie D'Arcy and Don Hanly.[5]

EMH merged with the Essendon Harriers in August 1978 to form the Essendon-EMH athletics club.

Then in 1993 they merged with Essendon Aberfeldie Incorporated to form Athletics Essendon Incorporated.[5]


  1. "Amateur Athletics". The Australasian. 13 April 1895.
  2. Clarke, William (12 Jun 2021). Clarke, Sir William John (1831-1897). National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Amateur Athletics". The Age. 4 May 1895.
  4. "Amateur Athletics". Sportsman. 7 May 1895.
  5. 5.0 5.1 History of Athletics Essendon (PDF). 2016. pp. Appendix 4. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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