Lew Roberts

Lew Roberts
Personal information
Full name Lewis Edgar Roberts
Date of birth (1918-04-02)2 April 1918
Place of birth Evandale, South Australia
Date of death 3 March 2001(2001-03-03) (aged 82)
Position(s) Centre
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1937–1941 Port Adelaide
1942–1944 Port Adelaide/West Torrens
1945–1948 Port Adelaide
Total 179 (50)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 6
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1948 Port Adelaide 17 (4–13–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1948.
Career highlights
  • Port Adelaide best and fairest (1946)
  • Port Adelaide/West Torrens captain (1942–1944)
  • Port Adelaide captain-coach (1948)
  • Port Adelaide hall of fame inductee
Source: AustralianFootball.com

Lewis Edgar Roberts (2 April 1918 – 3 March 2001) was an Australian rules footballer, railwayman and businessman, best known as a prominent player for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Early life

Roberts was born in Evandale, South Australia, into a family that lived in Dublin, South Australia. He attended Adelaide High School.

Football career

Roberts began his football career with Port Adelaide in 1937. He captained the club during the SANFL's war time competition from 1942–1944. After the war, he won the club's best and fairest award in 1946.

In 1948, Roberts again took the captaincy of the club along with coaching responsibilities in what was his last year playing for the club. Roberts' ability to kick the ball accurately to advantageous positions for his team mates was a notable part of his game.

Railway and business career

After beginning his working life as a junior porter in the carriage shed of the South Australian Railways, Roberts rose to be a train controller for the Railways. Then, at the beginning of 1953, he took office as General Manager of the Silverton Tramway Company, a position he held until the end of 1971. In that capacity, he oversaw the restructure and dieselisation of the tramway operated by the company between Broken Hill, New South Wales, and Cockburn, South Australia, and in the 1960s the creation of four subsidiaries.

In 1972, in the wake of the closure of the tramway and its replacement by a government-operated standard gauge line two years earlier, Roberts became Corporate Managing Director of the renamed Silverton Limited and subsidiaries. Under his leadership, the company, relocated to Melbourne, continued mine shunting in Broken Hill, and began working on property development and rail construction projects around Australia.

Personal life

Following Roberts' move to Broken Hill to further his career as a railwayman, he continued his sporting interests as Chairman of the Broken Hill Football League. He also became Chairman of the Barrier District Cricket League, and Vice President of the Broken Hill Golf Club.


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