J J Giltinan

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James Joseph Giltinan (1866–1950) was an Australian entrepreneur who helped to found the sport of rugby league football in Australia.[1]

Founder and Administrator[edit]

Founder of Rugby League in Australia[edit]

On 8 August 1907 at Bateman's Crystal Hotel, George Street, Sydney politician Henry Hoyle chaired a meeting of fifty, comprising several leading rugby players and officials. The New South Wales Rugby Football League, the body that would go on to conduct the major national rugby league premiership of Australia, was founded and Giltinan was elected its first secretary. Before that he had invited the 1907 "All Golds" New Zealand professional rugby team to tour Australia en route to Britain.

J.J.Giltinan led the first Kangaroo tour to England in 1908.

An all round sports enthusiast, Giltinan had also officiated as an umpire in representative cricket matches.[2]

At the begninning of the season, the 1909 NSWRFL season the League had met and kicked out its founders, Giltinan, Victor Trumper and Henry Hoyle [3] although, J.J. Giltinan remained Hon. Secretary of the New South Wales Rugby League from its inception until the final six months of his life, resigning due to ill health in the early months of 1950. [4]

J.J. Giltinan was also President of the Annandale Rugby League Club during the club's early years. [5]

Sailing administrator[edit]

In 1935, Giltinan formed a breakaway from the established Sydney Flying Squadron.[6] His tenure at the Australian 18 Footers League culminated in his founding the JJ Giltinan International Trophy. This event is effectively the world championships for the spectacular 18ft Skiff class and is contested each year on Sydney Harbour.

Death, Funeral and Tributes[edit]

J.J. Giltinan's last public appearance was when he watched the Kangaroo's win the ashes at the S.C.G. on 22 July 1950.[7] He died less than 3 months later on 6 September 1950.

His funeral was held the following day at St. Clement's Church, Marrickville and many former Rugby League identities where on hand to say farewell including several members of the 1907 Pioneers and several members of the original Kangaroo's of 1908-1909 including Alf Dobbs, Sid Deane, Dan Frawley, Ed Fry, Bob Graves, Harry Glanville, Arthur Hennessy, Andy Morton and Larry O'Malley. The President of the New South Wales Rugby League, Harry "Jersey" Flegg also attended the large funeral.[8]

The J J Giltinan Shield was created for the following New South Wales Rugby Football League season in his honour.

J.J. Giltinan was awarded life membership of the New South Wales Rugby League in 1914. [9]

Giltinan was born on 30 August 1866 and is a relative of notable Australian tennis professional Bob Giltinan.

In The First Kangaroos, a 1988 BritishAustralian made for TV sports film, the role of James Giltinan was played by well known Australian actor Chris Haywood.

Giltinan (2nd row centre in suit) Pioneer Kangaroos 1908-09
Giltinan 2nd row centre with the NSW rugby team who played the All Golds in Sydney 1907

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Fagan, Sean (2008). League of Legends: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia. National Museum of Australia. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-876944-64-3. 
  2. ^ Cunneen, Chris (2001). The best ever Australian Sports Writing. Australia: Black Inc. p. 315. ISBN 1-86395-266-7. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Heads, Ian. "Controversy". League of Legends. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald. 07/09.1950
  5. ^ Referee, Sydney. 3 March 1915 (page 13)
  6. ^ "J.Giltinan Dies at 84". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 September 1950. p. 8. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Sydney Morning Herald; Tom Goodman's League Column. 31/08/1950 (page 8)
  8. ^ Pioneers Paid Last Tribute - Sydney Morning Herald. 08/09/1950. (page 10)
  9. ^ Referr, Sydney. Life Members of The N.S.W. Rugby League.13th May 1914 (page 12)


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