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Dinny Lutge : 26-September-2014
Dinny Lutge : 26-September-2014

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A plaque on the grave commemorates Dinny Lutge.

Lutge played in Australia`s first rugby Test against New Zealand in August 1903 and in all three Tests against Great Britain in 1904. In 1908 he became a foundation member of the North Sydney Rugby League Football Club and played in the first official Test series against New Zealand. During the six-week journey to England with the first Kangaroos aboard the RMS Macedonia, Lutge was elected tour captain by his teammates.

The legendary Dally Messenger was vice-captain. He only played five of the 45 games after breaking his arm and Messenger took over as skipper. Lutge died in 1953 aged 73. In a situation which did neither rugby code any credit, our first Kangaroo skipper and rugby Test pioneer was buried in an unmarked grave. While Lutge played a major role in the history of both union and league, he has never received the recognition he deserved.

Location

Address:Delhi & Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park Cemetery, Macquarie Park, 2113
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.793691
Long: 151.141953
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2008
Front Inscription
DENIS 'DINNY' LUTGE
1879-1953
A RUGBY IMMORTAL
CAPTAIN OF THE FIRST RUGBY LEAGUE "KANGAROOS" TO BRITAIN 1908
PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST RUGBY UNION TESTS
AGAINST NEW ZEALAND IN 1903 AND GREAT BRITAIN IN 1904
PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST RUGBY LEAGUE TESTS
AGAINST NEW ZEALAND 1908
RUGBY UNION
MOSMAN FOOTBALL CLUB 1890-99,
NORTH SYDNEY DISTRICT FOOTBALL CLUB 1900-07
NEW SOUTH WALES 1901-04, AUSTRALIA 1903-04
RUGBY LEAGUE -
NORTH SYDNEY RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB 1908 - 1910
AUSTRALIA 1908 - 09
DIED 18TH FEBRUARY 1953
ERECTED BY NORTH SYDNEY DISTRICT RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB
Source: MA
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