The 1956 Perth Carnival was the 13th edition of the Australian National Football Carnival, an Australian rules football interstate competition. It took place from 11 to 23 June at Subiaco Oval, Perth.

Five teams automatically qualified for the carnival as a result of their finishing positions at the 1953 Adelaide Carnival: two Victorian teams Victoria (VFL) and Victoria (VFA), the hosts Western Australia, South Australia &. Tasmania, which had finished last at the 1953 Carnival, qualified only after defeating the winners of the lower division, the Australian Amateurs, in a playoff at North Hobart Oval on 10 July 1954, by the score of 16.21 (117) to 9.10 (64).[1]

Victoria finished the fortnight unbeaten while Tasmania equaled their best performance ever by finishing third.


Game One

Team Score
South Australia 16.14 (110)
Victoria (VFA) 11.10 (76)

Game Three

Team Score
Victoria (VFL) 21.17 (143)
Victoria (VFA) 3.5 (23)

Game Five

Team Score
Tasmania 27.22 (184)
Victoria (VFA) 12.12 (84)

Game Seven

Team Score
Western Australia 22.20 (152)
Victoria (VFA) 9.15 (69)

Game Nine

Team Score
Tasmania 10.20 (80)
South Australia 8.19 (67)

Game Two

Team Score
Western Australia 14.19 (103)
Tasmania 11.14 (80)

Game Four

Team Score
Western Australia 11.9 (75)
South Australia 9.10 (64)

Game Six

Team Score
Victoria (VFL) 14.27 (111)
South Australia 9.7 (61)

Game Eight

Team Score
Victoria (VFL) 22.19 (151)
Tasmania 14.6 (90)

Game Ten

Team Score
Victoria (VFL) 20.17 (137)
Western Australia 9.19 (73)

All-Australian team

In 1956 the All-Australian team was picked based on the performances at the Perth Carnival.

1956 All-Australian Team

Perth Carnival

Name State/League Club
John Abley South Australia Port Adelaide
Haydn Bunton, Jr South Australia North Adelaide
Stan Costello South Australia West Adelaide
Lindsay Head South Australia West Torrens
Geoff Long Tasmania City
Barry Strange Tasmania New Town
Frank Johnson Victoria (VFA) Port Melbourne (captain)
Ron Barassi Victoria Melbourne
John Chick Victoria Carlton
Jack Clarke Victoria Essendon
Bill Hutchison Victoria Essendon
Peter Pianto Victoria Geelong
Des Rowe Victoria Richmond
Ted Whitten Victoria Footscray
Roy Wright Victoria Richmond
Jack Clarke Western Australia East Fremantle
Graham Farmer Western Australia East Perth
John Gerovich Western Australia South Fremantle
Keith Harper Western Australia Perth
Cliff Hillier Western Australia South Fremantle

Tassie Medal

Ruckman Graham Farmer won the Tassie Medal, making it four wins out of five in carnivals for Western Australian players.

Ranking Player Votes
1 Graham Farmer 6 Western Australia
2 Ron Barassi 4 Victoria
Peter Pianto 4 Victoria


Ranking Player Goals Team
1 Jock Spencer 17 Victoria
2 Noel Clarke 15 Tasmania
3 John Gerovich 13 Western Australia
4 Lindsay Head 12 South Australia


  1. ^ Flanker (12 July 1954). "Tasmania easily retains senior status in rugged match with amateurs". The Advocate. Burnie, Tas. p. 10.