Morton Browne

Morton Browne (born 11 September 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the VFL during the 1960s.

Morton Browne
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-09-11)11 September 1939
Original team(s) University Blacks (VAFA)
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1960–1967 Hawthorn 80 (107)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1967.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Browne usually played on the half back or half forward flanks and debuted for Hawthorn in 1960. He was a member of Hawthorn's inaugural premiership side in 1961, kicking 3 goals in the Grand Final. He didn't play at all in the 1963 season as he was studying law. Browne returned the following season however and in 1966 he represented Victoria at the Hobart Carnival.

Browne played with Melbourne University Blacks before joining Hawthorn. During undergraduate studies he penned a controversial Blacks report recommending the Blacks & Blues amalgamate, as it was originally. The report was not well received with the words referring to the Blacks was crossed out to prevent any unnecessary ill feeling. The next season two secretaries were appointed to better allow the committee dealing with known sources of friction with discretion.[1]

His father, also called Morton Browne, played seconds football for Essendon in the late 1920s and early 1930s and one senior VFL game for Footscray in 1931 [2]

His younger brother Noel played with Hawthorn seconds before joining Sorrento in the MPFL (1964–67) where he played 54 seniors matches, including the 1966 grand final.[3]


  1. Black & Blue, The Story of Football at the University of Melbourne, by John Cordner, David Allen, Paul Daffey, Robin Grow, June Senyard, 2007
  2. By John Devaney of Slattery Group "Australian Football" website:
  3. Roger Dunkley, Sorrento Football Club assistant historian
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