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A plaque commemorates the Centenary of Rugby League in 2008 and the historical significance of the site.

Dicey Rileys Hotel is regarded as the birthplace of rugby league in the Illawarra. Formerly known as the old Terminus, near Wollongong Railway Station, the hotel was also referred to as Dr Macs. The first meeting of the new rugby code dates back to 1910, with the competition kicking off in 1911. Teams participating were Dapto, Unanderra, Mt Keira, Helensburgh and Wollongong, with Wollongong being the inaugural premiers.

The Centenary Plaques Programme was put in place by the Centenary of Rugby League Committee to commemorate sites of historical significance to Rugby League - such as stadiums, suburban grounds and club formation sites. Nearly every aspect of Australia’s Rugby League landscape is covered by a Centenary Plaque – with plaques dedicated to the commemoration of Indigenous Rugby League, National Rugby League (NRL) first-grade clubs, foundation clubs, former Premiership clubs, New South Wales and Queensland Country, and those sites which were host to the foundation of the game itself in Australia.


Address:333 Crown Street, Dicey Rileys Hotel, Wollongong, 2500
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.425833
Long: 150.888889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1908
Approx. Event End Date:2008


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 7th July, 2008
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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