John Mulrooney MVO MBE
John was born in Melbourne in 1894 and came to live in Canberra in 1927. Although he never played the game, John was an outstanding administrator for the Australian Football League.
John has received many awards for the years that he devoted to the Australian sporting community. John was elected as president of the Canberra Australian Football League in 1928.
He continued as president until 1946, except in 1935 when he acted as secretary. During this time, John was largely responsible for the introduction of AFL into the schools in Canberra. During 1939 to 1941, John was also president of the Acton and Ainslie football clubs. From 1928 to 1946 John was Canberra’s delegate to the National Football Council.
In 1936 the Canberra Australian Football League initiated an award for the best and fairest player in each season’s competition and named it the Mulrooney Medal. This award serves as reminder of John’s long and outstanding commitment to AFL in the ACT.
In 1940 he was made a Life Member of the Canberra Australian Football League, and the Australian Football Council honoured John with Life Membership in 1946. John’s devotion to the sport of AFL continues to be recognised by the ACT AFL community.