|Birth:||30 July 1917|
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
|Age:||103 years, 327 days|
Keith Stanley Rae (born 30 July 1917) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton and Richmond in the Victorian Football League.
Keith Rae was born in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia on 30 July 1917.
Rae attended Footscray Technical School and did a welding course at the Williamstown Dockyards. He was spotted by Carlton's recruiter Newton Chandler whilst playing for the Williamstown Football Club and was invited to try out for the Carlton team as a wingman or pivot (centre). After playing two games for Carlton in 1939, he was called up by the Navy to serve on HMAS Nestor in World War II. In June 1942, Rae was on board when the Nestor was attacked and sunk. He survived, and returned to Australia in 1943.
After returning to service in 1944 and 1945, he switched to play for Richmond in 1946.
In December 2017, Rae became the oldest living former AFL footballer.
Rae currently lives in McKenzie’s Rosebrook facility, situated in Mornington Peninsula (near Melbourne), Victoria, Australia, at the age of 103 years, 327 days.
- Will Rae Hold Carlton Pivot? Sporting Globe, 16 August 1939 (page 10)
- Two New Men at Richmond The Argus, 17 May 1946 (page 15)
- 100 up for one in a million Rae Carlton Football Club, 29 July 2017
- Keith Rae’s 100th Spirit of Carlton, 30 July 2017
- Oldest Surviving Footballers – Keith Rae The Footy Almanac, 3 July 2018
- 103 not out – A tribute to Carlton's Keith Rae Carlton Football Club, 29 July 2020