Neil Benjamin "Nipper" Trezise (8 February 1931 – 20 August 2006) was an Australian rules footballer who represented Geelong in the Victorian Football League and later a politician who represented the Labor Party in the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He was of Cornish descent.
|Date of birth||8 February 1931|
|Place of birth||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Date of death||20 August 2006 75)(aged|
16 July 1949, Geelong|
vs. Footscray, at Kardinia Park
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1959.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Originally from Redan, Victoria, Trezise played 185 games for 272 goals between 1949 and 1959 at the Geelong Football Club in the VFL, playing in the 1951 and 1952 premiership sides. Following his retirement in 1959 (a year in which he was Geelong captain), Trezise continued his service to the club, coaching the reserves side and then becoming club president in 1974.
After leaving football, Trezise pursued a political career with the Labor Party. He stood unsuccessfully for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Geelong in 1961, but won the seat of Geelong West in 1964, and held the seat and its subsequent successor Geelong North until 1992. In 1982 he became Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation (from 1985 just Minister for Sport and Recreation), a portfolio he held until 1992—throughout the entire terms of Premiers John Cain and Joan Kirner.
Trezise died of a heart attack on 20 August 2006, with his funeral held on 24 August.
- Payton, Philip, Making Moonta: The Invention of Australia's Little Cornwall
- Neil Trezise, AFL Tables.
- Neil Trezise was a champ, Herald Sun, 22 August 2006.
- Strong, Geoff (25 August 2006). "Nipper farewelled at his old 'church'". The Age. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Trezise, Neil Benjamin, Re-Member ('Biographical Register of the Victorian Parliament).
- Former Vic Govt minister Trezise dies, ABC News Online, 21 August 2006.
- Neil Trezise at AustralianFootball.com
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Geelong West
|District created|| Member for Geelong North
| Minister for Youth, Sport and Recreation
|Youth portfolio abolished|
|Youth portfolio abolished|| Minister for Sport and Recreation