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The plaque commemorates the centenary of Rugby League and the site of the first Rugby League matches played in Australia.

This ground was the site of two matches played on April 20, 1908, the opening day of club rugby league in Australia. South Sydney defeated North Sydney 11-7 in the first game then Balmain defeated Western Suburbs 24-0. Birchgrove Oval was the home ground of the Balmain DRLFC from 1908 until 1932.

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:The Terrace, Birchgrove Oval, Birchgrove, 2041
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.850237
Long: 151.180841
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:20-April-1908
Actual Event End Date:20-April-2008


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th April, 2008
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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