PICTURED in full flight on the MCG, in the Round 3 match of the 1995 Premiership season against the Western Bulldogs, is Carlton’s longest-serving captain and leading career goalkicker Stephen Kernahan.

This photograph is thought to have been taken when Kernahan booted the third of ten goals in the contest – and the 601st of a record 738 goals through 12 seasons for the club.

Stephen Kernahan boots the third of his ten goals v Western Bulldogs, MCG, R3, 1995 - photo taken by Lorrie Parkin

Moments earlier, and despite the best efforts of his direct opponent Matthew Croft, Kernahan had marked on the lead to a pass fired into the pocket by the then Carlton ruckman Matthew Allan.

The image was captured as Kernahan kicked to the city end by amateur photographic enthusiast Lorrie Parkin (no relation to David) – a former teacher who recently saw fit to donate it to the Carlton archive.

Though Parkin rarely patronised football games, she clearly had a good eye in snapping a frame – as was the case on this particular autumn Saturday – because she’d been taking photographs from as far back as 14 when she first put the family’s ‘box brownie’ to use.

“I had only been to the football two or three times before the Carlton-Bulldogs game because I was never a big footy fan, but I was interested in photographing the action and I remember getting a few pics of Gary Ablett senior when he played,” said Parkin, whom it must be said is no relation to the former Carlton Senior Coach David Parkin.


“I was near the fence when I took this photograph of Stephen Kernahan with a Canon camera I always used and a telephoto lens I purchased later on. I’m 83 now, I’ve gone blind in one eye and the other’s a bit dodgy,  so I thought the club might be interested in the picture and I’m pleased that it has found a home.”

Notwithstanding his achievement of the 600-goal milestone, Kernahan, with his 10th goal, broke the record for most goals kicked by a Carlton player in a match involving Footscray – the nine booted by Harry ‘Soapy’ Vallence at Princes Park in Round 8, 1933.

Vallence was also the Blues’ leading career goalkicker with 722 goals – the last of them posted in the 1938 Grand Final - until Kernahan eclipsed that record almost 60 years later.

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