Colour digital photograph of Jason Johannisen in his school uniform, first day of school at WH Coetzer Primary School, Johannesburg, 1999.

Jason was born in Johannesburg in South Africa in 1992, and he migrated to Perth in Western Australia with his family in 2000. His mother Sonya was born in Zambia and his father Eldrid in Durban, South Africa. He commenced playing football at the age of 15 for suburban clubs and was drafted by the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2012, debuting that same year. He is the first Australian Football League player of South African descent.

Part of a collection of clothing, awards, documents and photographs dating between 2001 and 2016 relating to the Australian Rules football career of AFL Western Bulldogs player Jason Johannisen. They represent Jason's early suburban career in Perth and Fremantle (Australian Rules and other sports) through to his senior AFL team selection and participation in the Western Bulldogs AFL winning team in 2016. Jason is of South African and Zambian heritage and he represents an increasingly visible culturally diverse presence in the AFL.

Description of Content

Portrait of Jason Johannisen in school uniform. He is carrying his school backpack.

Physical Description

Colour digital image.


Statement of Historical Significance:
This material forms part of a collection which provides a snapshot of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2017. The collection includes early and recent sporting items relates to the evolving football careers of Lin Jong and Jason Johannisen, two of the AFLs higher profile emerging players, and ambassadors for cultural diversity in football for the AFL. It also includes guernseys representing the Western Bulldogs' recognition of the diversification of AFL cultural and gender representation through guernseys from the 2017 Indigenous and Multicultural Rounds and a guernsey signed by the inaugural 2017 Western Bulldogs' AFL Women's team.

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