Stanley McKenzie

Matthew Stanley McKenzie (17 May 1890 – 8 December 1915) was an Australian first-class cricketer and Australian rules footballer.

Stan McKenzie
Personal information
Full name Matthew Stanley McKenzie
Date of birth (1890-05-17)17 May 1890
Place of birth Launceston, Tasmania
Date of death 8 December 1915(1915-12-08) (aged 25)
Place of death HMHS Gloucester Castle, Alexandria, Egypt
Original team(s) Launceston
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1914 Carlton 14 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1914.
Sources: AFL Tables,


The son of Henry McKenzie (1850-1929), and Jane Danks McKenzie, née Young, Matthew Stanley McKenzie was born in Launceston, Tasmania on 17 May 1890.

His brother, George Frank McKenzie (1892-), was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1915.[1]


He was educated at Scotch College, Launceston.[2]


A right-handed opening batsman, he played five first-class matches for Tasmania between 1910 and 1913.[3]


McKenzie was also an accomplished footballer, and he represented Tasmania at the 1911 Adelaide Carnival. He played club football for Launceston in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association in the early 1910s. He was part of the team which forfeited the 1913 Tasmanian State Premiership match, and he along with team-mates were consequently issued amateur sports suspensions by the Tasmanian Football League, which became a major off-field dispute between Northern Tasmania and Southern Tasmania in the months that followed.[4] In the fall-out, when McKenzie was selected by the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association (which refused to recognise the validity of the suspension) to play for the North XI in an intrastate cricket match against the South XI team in December 1913, the South called off the match.[5]

He moved to Victoria at the start of 1914, and joined both the Carlton Football Club and the Carlton Cricket Club. His senior VFL career with Carlton did not begin until June 1914,[6] when the dispute in Tasmania had ended and his suspension was lifted. He played 14 VFL games for the year, including a Preliminary Final, but he was omitted from the winning 1914 Grand Final team on form.[7] McKenzie's final game for Carlton was in the 1914 Championship of Australia match against Port Adelaide.[8][9]

Military service

McKenzie enlisted with the First AIF (on 17 November 1914) as a medical orderly. He was a Sergeant with the 1st Australian Clearing Hospital, First A.I.F., and spent some time at Gallipoli before being moved to Alexandria in Egypt.


He died of appendicitis on the hospital ship HMHS Gloucester Castle, in Alexandria Harbour, Egypt, on 8 December 1915,[10] and was buried at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military Cemetery.

See also


  1. Distinguished Conduct Medal: Sapper G F McKenzie, 3 Field Company Engineers, AIF, Collection of the Australian War Memorial.
  2. Roll of Honour Circular.
  3. "Stanley McKenzie". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. "Athletic Chaos in Tasmania". Sunday Times. Sydney, NSW. 28 December 1913. p. 32.
  5. "North v. South match". Examiner. Launceston, TAS. 13 December 1913. p. 5.
  6. "Football: an ex-Tasmanian". Zeehan and Dundas Herald. 19 May 1914. p. 3.
  7. "Football: the Grand Final". The Australasian. XCVII (2531). Melbourne, VIC. 3 October 1914. p. 757.
  8. "Champions of Australia". Daily Herald. Adelaide, SA. 5 October 1914. p. 2.
  9. 1914 Championship of Australia, Blueseum.
  10. Deaths: McKenzie, The Launceston Examiner, (Monday, 27 December 1915), p.1.


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