Henry Monteith joined Norwood in 1884, which was a season of experimentation after the club's initial flurry of six successive premierships. Norwood tried several newcomers, including Monteith, George Duncan and Albert Flight, against the visiting Melbourne team on 23 August. None of the rookies stood out, but it was nevertheless a spirited encounter before Melbourne broke through for a win, 5.7 to 3.6, after two draws and a loss on tour.
A week later Port Adelaide showed the form which would deliver its first premiership with a 3.13 to 0.11 defeat of Norwood, prompting 'Follower' to comment in The Evening Journal that Monteith was "a duffer", Duncan was "streaky" and Harry Hamilton was "not much better".
These three players, along with Flight, switched from Norwood to Adelaide in 1885. Monteith tried hard for St Peter's in an old scholars' match in May 1885, but his Adelaide teammates James Stephens and Duncan had the better of the argument as Prince Alfred romped home, 8.7 to 3.4.
Henry Monteith was born at Glenelg on 24 August 1860 and attended St Peter's College. He kicked a goal in helping St Peter's defeat Prince Alfred by 4 goals to 1 in the intercollegiate match of August 1877. Monteith was a team-mate of the Hamilton brothers, Henry and Fred, in the North Adelaide Juniors in 1880. He was a public servant and died at Henley Beach on 9 January 1942.
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