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Alphonsus Vincent (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.
Jul 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Talk by Des Tobin – ‘A. V. (Phonse) Tobin – Irish (and North Melbourne) to his core.
Alphonsus Vincent Tobin (1905–1993), funeral director and football administrator, was born on 23 August 1905 in Melbourne, third of six surviving children of Irish-born Thomas Tobin, labourer, and his Victorian-born second wife Alice, née O’Dowd. Phonse’s twin brother, Bernard, died two days later. His father struggled financially and the family moved frequently. For a brief period they lived at an undertaker’s premises where Thomas worked as an assistant while Alice sewed casket linings, cleaned, and attended to customers.