Richard Henry (Boase) Buttery was a Norwood premiership player in 1882 and remained a lifelong supporter. Norwood's fifth premiership in a row was well-deserved but assisted by two forfeits from Port Adelaide, the second in a dispute over where the last game of the season should be played. Port wanted Alberton Oval to be in the draw but the SA Football Association insisted on Kensington Oval.
Boase first came to notice with some fine displays with the Norwood Alberts junior team in 1880.
In 1882, most of the Norwood senior 20 visited Melbourne. After a rough 60-hour sea passage, they got home on the Saturday morning of their 2 July match with South Adelaide and several players were feeling seedy. As reported by The Express and Telegraph: "Negotiations were consequently opened up with the South Adelaides with a view to postponing the match, but those gentlemen evidently do not believe in generosity towards their opponents, and declined to agree to a postponement." Boase was one of Norwood's best players in a depleted team, but South won the match 2.7 to 1.3. Boase also kicked a goal as Norwood overran South Park 9.14 to 4.3 on 19 September that year.
Boase ran a cabinet-making business with his father Henry and was a valuable member of the Norwood community. He was a foundation member of the Norwood Volunteer Fire Brigade and, possessing an excellent bass voice, was a member of the Norwood Baptist Church choir and choirmaster of Clayton Congregational Church.
He was a member of the Mercantile Rowing Club and in later years played bowls at Norwood, Grange and Henley Beach.
Boase died at Prospect on 11 January 1940, 30 years after his wife Maude, and was survived by his daughter Gwen, sister Caroline and brother C. F. Buttery.
P Robins April 2017