Bob Lulham

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Bobby Lulham
Personal information
Full name Robert John Lulham[1]
Nickname Bobby
Born 2 November 1926
Died 24 December 1986
Tenterfield, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Three-quarter back
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–53 Balmain 85 85 45 0 345
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–49 New South Wales 9 8 0 0 24
1948–49 Australia 3 1 0 0 3

Bob Lulham (born 1926 - died 1986[2]) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1940s and '50s. An Australia national and New South Wales state representative three-quarter back, he played in Sydney for the Balmain club, with whom he won the 1947 NSWRFL Premiership.

A quick-paced winger, Lulham came to Sydney from Newcastle and in his first season in the NSWRFL premiership represented New South Wales in all matches. In the 1947 NSWRFL season he was also the League's top try-scorer, breaking the record for most tries in a debut season with 28 and most tries in a season for Balmain Tigers in the club's history. At the end of the season he played in Balmain's grand final win. At the end of the following season he was selected to tour Europe with the 1948-49 Kangaroos, making his debut in the Third Test against Great Britain before going on to play two Tests against France.

In 1953, Lulham was in the headlines after his mother-in-law, Veronica Monty, with whom he was having a sexual relationship, was charged with attempting to poison him with thallium.[3][4][5] At the time Monty was living with her daughter and son-in-law following separation from her husband. In the end, the verdict was 'not guilty'. However, Judith Lulham divorced him over his admission during the trial of "intimacies" with Monty.[3] Lulham never played football again.

Lulham died at his home in Tenterfield, New South Wales on 24 December 1986, age 60. He was later buried at the Tenterfield Cemetery. [6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/23308827
  2. ^ "Player Profile - Bob Lulham". yesterdayshero.com.au. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Two Divorce Suits Filed". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 October 1954. 
  4. ^ Ray Chesterton (25 April 2008). "Real headline acts". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  5. ^ http://www.hht.net.au/whats_on/past_exhibitions/jpm/crimes_of_passion
  6. ^ Tenetrfield Cemetery database, Robert John Lulham: Grave location TC Lawn, lot 196

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