Harry Mumme was a member of North Adelaide's first premiership team, in 1900, before transferring to Norwood two years later.
He was a smart footballer but played only three seasons in senior ranks before making his way in the liquor industry. He also was an accomplished singer who trained at the Adelaide Conservatorium. Harry and the famous baritone Peter Dawson were at Pulteney Grammar School together. Some five decades later, when both were 67, they recalled incidents of their schooldays and how they smoked dried loquat leaves in bamboo pipes.
Harry was born at Woodside on 29 January 1881 to Albert Mumme and his wife Sarah (née Warren). He regularly made the best players in his 16 games with North Adelaide and six with Norwood. His biggest day, though perhaps not his personal best, was when North clinched the 1900 premiership with a late rush against an inaccurate South Adelaide, winning 4.3 to 1.8.
Harry was the publican at the Globe Hotel, Jamestown, spent 16 years on the road with Tolley's and ran the Royal Arms Hotel at Port Adelaide from 1920 until he was declared bankrupt in 1933. He was a notable midweek cricketer and in 1922 was an emergency for a charity football match in aid of the Largs Bay Orphanage. During the 1920s he served on the committee of the Licensed Victuallers' Association (SA).
Harry married Muriel Swan at Christ Church, North Adelaide, in 1913. They had five children - Walter, Helen, Leonard, Peggy and Mary.
Harry and Muriel were living at Toorak Gardens when their younger son, Lance Corporal Leonard Warren Mumme, 26, perished as a prisoner of war at Sandakan, Borneo, on 2 May 1945.
Harry Mumme was 75 when he died on 26 September 1956.
P Robins Oct 2018
* Picture kindly supplied by Glenda Mumme, the Mumme family historian.