Born January 21, 1866 - Died July 29, 1952
Club Committee
President (VFA)
Vice President
1914-1915, 1921-1927
Life Member
VFA & VFL Club Delegate
Carnival Organiser
1929, 1935
Number One Ticket Holder

William H. Hulse played a major role in the Club’s entry to the Victorian Football association in 1914. He stepped up as Club President in 1916, ensuring the Club’s survival when the VFA went into recess during WWI. To assist local morale, Hulse organised Patriotic football matches and Carnivals at Glenferrie Oval to raise funds for the war effort.  

In his role with the Victorian Tourist Bureau, Hulse organised a very important Club Trip to Bairnsdale in 1924, which included a cricket match against an Aboriginal team from Lake Tyers.  He also organised Scouting trips to country towns, including Ballarat in 1926, where the word was that ‘he was more interested in passing on inducements to certain Ballarat footballers to settle in Melbourne and play for Hawthorn.’  

He took leave from the Club in 1927 to visit the land of his ancestors, England.  On his return his deep love for the club saw him run countless fund-raising Carnival days, a forerunner of today’s very popular Family Day, held on Glenferrie Oval.

In 1948, he stepped back from active involvement, becoming a respected supporter at home games at Glenferrie. An inspiration to the future club officials who followed him, he passed away in 1952.  His 39 years as Number 1 ticket holder is a record that exceeds the length of Michael Tuck’s career with Hawthorn.