Brian Dixon

Brian James Dixon (born 20 May 1936) is a former Australian rules footballer and Victorian politician.

Brian Dixon
Personal information
Full name Brian James Dixon
Date of birth (1936-05-20) 20 May 1936
Original team(s) Melbourne High School
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Position(s) Wing
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1954–1968 Melbourne 252 (41)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1971–1972 North Melbourne 44 (6–37–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1972.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Dixon played 252 VFL games for Melbourne between 1954 and 1968, playing mostly on the wing. He had a stellar football career, playing in five premierships, winning Melbourne's best and fairest in 1960, while in 1961 he was selected in the All-Australian team and he also won the Tassie Medal for his performances at the 1961 Brisbane Carnival. In 2000 he was named in Melbourne's Team of the Century.

Despite still playing football for Melbourne, he entered parliament in 1964, as the member for the now abolished seat of St Kilda, representing the Liberal Party. Being from the moderate wing of the party he clashed with then Premier Henry Bolte, especially over the hanging of Ronald Ryan which Dixon strongly opposed.[1]

After Rupert Hamer took over as Liberal Party leader and Premier, Dixon was promoted to the ministry. He variously served in several portfolios including youth, sport and recreation, housing and Aboriginal affairs. His most remembered achievement was introducing the iconic Life. Be in it. program.[2]

In 1979 Dixon won St Kilda by an extremely narrow margin, which crucially gave the Hamer Liberal government a majority of one seat in the Legislative Assembly and meant that the Liberal Party did not need to form a Coalition with the National Party with whom relations were traditionally poor in Victoria. However, in 1982 Dixon was defeated as the Liberals lost government after 27 years in office.

After his defeat, Dixon has worked predominantly in sports administration and he currently runs public speaking seminars.

Brian currently travels the world representing TAFISA and ASFAA. He is also president of AFL South Africa and takes a keen interest in other countries playing Australian rules football.[3]

Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1954 Melbourne 982N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.3N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1955 Melbourne 9167N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.4N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1956 Melbourne 9175N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.3N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1957 Melbourne 9212N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1958 Melbourne 9,16202N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1959 Melbourne 9202N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1960 Melbourne 9204N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1961 Melbourne 9162N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1962 Melbourne 9182N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1963 Melbourne 9183N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1964 Melbourne 9171N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
1965 Melbourne 913122602328378N/A0.
1966 Melbourne 911032222024248N/A0.00.320.21.822.04.4N/A
1967 Melbourne 918663575641377N/A0.30.319.
1968 Melbourne 9192139551446123N/A0.
Career 252 41 12 1234 150 1384 326 N/A 0.2 0.2 20.2 2.5 22.7 5.3 N/A


Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Baron Snider
Member for St Kilda
Succeeded by
Andrew McCutcheon
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