Ted Sleeman came to the Ringwood area with a background that included farming in Queensland, South Africa, and country Victoria after which he entered the timber industry. He went on to be the editor of the Ringwood Mail and Croydon Chronicle and he eventually became the proprietor of the Ringwood newspaper.
Ted appears on the RDCA player registration listings for the years 1927-28 through to 1930-31 for the Ringwood Centrals Cricket Club. Ringwood Centrals was previously known as Ringwood Churches and the club was to eventually become the Ringwood Cricket Club.
Our records show that Ted gave many years of dedicated service to the Association (as well as considerable exposure in the local press). He served as Secretary from 1926-27 until 1945-46 and was also the Treasurer from 1926-27 until 1936-37. We should remember that this era was extremely challenging – depression, fires and the Second World War yet the Association continued with the assistance of Ted Sleeman. For some time the A Grade Premiership Trophy was named after him.
Ted was awarded Life Membership of the Association at the Association’s Annual General Meeting held at the Ringwood Town Hall on 29th August 1933.