John Brophy was a talented follower from Ballarat who achieved high honours in the early days of South Australian football. He was a little boy named John Evans when his father was killed in a Ballarat mining accident. John was adopted and took the surname Brophy after his mother, Ellen, married eloquent Irishman Daniel Brophy, the businessman and philanthropist who served as Mayor of Ballarat City and MP for East Ballarat, John was born in 1857 and educated at Bain’s High School and St Patrick’s College, Melbourne. He began work with the Victorian Public Service and then joined the English, Scottish & Australian Bank.
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