Pat McMahon - Rugby League

Pat McMahon – Rugby League Legend Series

Patrick McMahon was born in Brisbane on 21st June, 1927. For his parents, Patrick and Dorothy, Brisbane in the late 1920s was not a particularly attractive option for raising a family. Queensland was in the midst of a recession, and this situation was further exacerbated by the collapse of stock markets all over the world […]
Wide Bay Rugby League State Champions 1966

A Brief History of the Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay Division

Wide Bay State Champions 1966   Bundaberg – A Major Factor in Establishing Rugby League in Australia – 1908-1909 The city of Bundaberg was a major contributor to the establishment of rugby league in Australia. Between 1908 and 1909, five Bundaberg players were chosen to represent both Queensland and Australia. Bill Heidke (centre/half-back/winger) and Mick […]
1924-25 Toowoomba Clydesdales - Rugby League

The All-Conquering 1924-25 Toowoomba Clydesdales

The crowning achievement of the 1924/25 undefeated Toowoomba Clydesdales was beating England in 1924. The English touring side was a team full of talent and were confident of success in Australia. They were the holders of the Ashes, and would go on to retain them by beating Australia two Tests to one just a short […]
Bulimba Cup - Rugby League

History of the Bulimba Cup

Bulimba Cup Records Winners: 1925 – 1972                                                            Team Records Brisbane         19 times                          Most consecutive championships: 6 – Toowoomba Toowoomba  16 times                             Most Bulimba Cups retained: 4 – Brisbane Ipswich           11 times                      Most club representatives: 120 – Toowoomba Valleys Individual Records Most points in a game: 27 – Lionel Morgan (5 tries, 6 goals vs Ipswich, […]
Test Match Battle of Brisbane 1970

Test Match Battles of Brisbane

The Australian Test Team in the Battle of Brisbane III   Battle of Brisbane I Date: June 18th, 1932 Venue: The ’Gabba Score: Australia 15 – Great Britain 6 Before the game, the Australian coach, Harry Sunderland, made an audacious visit to the visitors’ dressing room. He proceeded to give a ‘helpful’ explanation of how […]
Duncan Thompson - The Downs Fox

Duncan Thompson – The Downs Fox

‘The Downs Fox’ was born in Warwick, Queensland in 1895. At 17, he started playing for Starlights in the Ipswich competition and debuted for Queensland in 1915. Although he was shot at Dernancourt, France in the right lung in World War I, he survived to become the captain of the Queensland team. He made his […]
American All Starts Tour 1953 Rugby League

American All Stars Rugby League Tour – 1953

Organiser, manager and second-rower Mike Dimitro brought 21 players with him for the American All Stars Tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1953. Dimitro was an elite American football player who had come to Australia during World War II and developed a keen interest in rugby league while being involved in services wrestling and […]