Career: 1894 to 1895
Joseph Darling was born on 21 November 1870 at Glen Osmond. He was educated at Prince Alfred College and the day before his fifteenth birthday he set a schoolboy record with 252 runs in a match against St Peters College. The following year he was selected in a combined fifteen team to play against an Australian eleven, a team which included another former Norwood footballer, George Giffen.
After leaving school Darling briefly attended Roseworthy Agricultural College before working in a bank and then managing one of the family’s farms. In 1893 he returned to Adelaide and married Alice Minna Blanche Francis.
1894 proved to be a busy sporting year for Darling as he played his first games for Norwood including a deciding game to determine the premiership against South Adelaide which Norwood won by one goal.
In 1894 he also played his first Test match against a touring English side. He played for Norwood again in 1895 but his sporting destiny lay with cricket and he toured England in 1896, 1899, 1902 and 1905, captaining Australia on the last three tours. On the 1905 tour of England Darling was joined by another Norwood footballer, Phil Newland who was selected as second wicket- keeper.
Darling did not play football with Norwood again but went on to represent Australia in thirty one tests against England including eighteen as captain.
After retiring from cricket Darling moved to Tasmania where he ran a sheep station. He was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council from 1921 to 1946 and was awarded a CBE in 1938.
Joe Darling died after an operation for peritonitis on 2 January 1946 at Hobart and was survived by his wife and twelve children.
D. K. Darling, 'Darling, Joseph (1870–1946)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/darling-joseph-5885/text10015, accessed 16 August 2013.
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