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38. Broken arm
can't stop little
CLIVE CHURCHILL CLINCHES WIN DESPITE
BROKEN WRIST: AUGUST, 1955
Rugby league’s “Little Master”, Merewether-
born Clive Churchill, had numerous glory days in
his illustrious career, but on August 13, 1955, he
displayed extraordinary ability and courage in a
semi-ﬁnal for South Sydney against Manly.
Arguably the most inspiring ﬁgure in Australian
rugby league and considered by many the greatest
player the code has produced, Churchill played
virtually the entire match with a broken arm,
winning the game with a sideline conversion
after the bell with his smashed arm wrapped in
cardboard and dangling at his side, so bad he
needed someone else to set up the kick for him.
Souths went on to win the grand ﬁnal, although
Churchill was unable to play.
That was just one memorable moment in the
career of Churchill, a graduate of St Joseph’s,
Merewether, and Marist Brothers, Hamilton, whose
career was so outstanding both the Clive Churchill
Stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Clive
Churchill Medal for best player in the rugby league
grand ﬁnal are named after him.
Churchill revolutionised the role of fullback, ﬁrst
for Central Charlestown, then South Sydney, NSW
He played with Central from 1945 until moving
to South Sydney in 1947, making his Test debut in
1948 against New Zealand before being picked for
the 1948/49 Kangaroo tour of Britain and France.
In 1950, aged just 23, he led Australia to its ﬁrst
Ashes win against Britain since 1920, one of his 24
matches as Australian captain. In all he went on
four Kangaroo tours, including 1959/60 as coach,
making his ﬁnal Test appearance against England
on the 1956/57 tour.
With Souths he won premierships in 1950, ’51,
’53, ’54 and ’55. After captain/coaching Souths
in 1958 he went to Queensland where he captain-
coached Norths to the 1959 premiership and
coached and played for Queensland.
In 1961 he was back in NSW coaching the state
and Moree, moving to Canterbury in 1962. He
coached Australia again before returning to
Souths in 1966 for 10 seasons as coach, winning
premierships in 1967, ’68, ’70 and ’71, before
retiring in 1975.
Churchill died on August 9, 1985, shortly after
being honoured with an Order of Australia for
his services to sport and the community. He was
named one of the four initial Immortals of League,
in 2002 was inducted into the Australian Rugby
League Hall of Fame, has been named in the South
Sydney team of the last century, in 2008 was
named among Australia’s 100 greatest players and
named as fullback in the ARL’s team of the century.
STATUE CELEBRATING THE BLUE HEELER
UNVEILED: MARCH, 2001
The real glory day for the true-blue Aussie cattle
dog was more than 170 years ago in 1840 when
it was bred by Thomas Hall on his Dartbrook
property some ﬁve kilometres north of Aberdeen,
but the birth of the Australian icon was celebrated
in Muswellbrook in 2001 when a two-metre statue
was erected in the main street.
Hall bred the blue heeler through a cross
between a dingo and a Northumberland blue
merle drover’s dog, and initially they were called
Despite protests from Aberdeen, which pulled
out the history books to show the breed came
from Aberdeen rather than Muswellbrook,
Muswellbrook claimed the title “blue-heeler
country” when it erected the statue and used a
blue heeler logo on council letterheads to give the
town a greater regional identity and help attract
Aberdeen’s critics said the new statue “looked
like Basil Brush”, but it still stands proudly at the
corner of Hill and Bridge streets, named Hunter the
Heeler after a school competition to give it a name.
40. Ship of dreams
ARRIVAL OF MIGRANT SHIP FAIRSEA IN NEWCASTLE:
No one really knew what a momentous day the arrival of the
migrant ship Fairsea was when it docked at Lee Wharf on August
Looking back it can be seen that the arrival from Naples,
Italy, positively changed the dynamic of the Hunter forever by
refashioning its social mix. It helped shape not only the Hunter but
The 1896 migrants on board - more than the 1014 First Fleet
settlers in 1788 - were the ﬁrst refugees from war-torn Europe
allowed to disembark at a port other than Sydney, Melbourne,
Adelaide or Fremantle, and were among the ﬁrst of millions of
post-war migrants. They were the biggest single load of settlers
ever to the Hunter and included the 50,000th displaced person to
arrive from Europe.
The new arrivals were taken by train to Greta and were the ﬁrst
to settle at its migrant camp, which eventually took in more than
100,000 migrants from 1949 to 1961, the second-largest migrant
camp in Australia’s post-war period.
Some 14 nationalities settled at Greta, including Lithuanians,
Estonians, Poles, Serbians, Ukrainians, Russians and Germans.
Many had to work for two years to pay off their passage, providing
the labour for Newcastle’s steel mills, Queensland’s cane ﬁelds and
schemes such as the Snowy Mountains Authority.
The Fairsea made several journeys to Australia under contract
to the International Refugee Organisation from 1949 to 1951,
carrying displaced persons, and when the contract ended the
company, Sitmar, offered paid passage.
In 1955, the Fairsea was chartered by the Australian Government
to transport assisted immigrants from Britain, which she continued
to do until an extensive reﬁt in late 1957.
The Fairsea made 81 voyages to and from Australia between
1949 and 1969, but in 1969, west of Panama, a ﬁre broke out and
damaged its engine room. It was uneconomical to repair, and on
July 9, 1969, the Fairsea took its last journey to a shipbreakers at
La Spezia, Italy.
Clive Churchill, 1954
Fairsea arrives, 1949
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