Barney Dalton

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Barney Dalton
Personal information
Full name Bernard Hugh Dalton
Nickname Barney
Born 1891
Died 9 November 1929
East Sydney, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1910–1915 Eastern Suburbs 61 16 0 0 48
Source: Whiticker/Hudson

Bernard Hugh (Barney) Dalton (1891–1929) was a pioneer rugby league player In the Australian competition – the New South Wales Rugby League. He was born in 1891 in Sydney.

Rugby league career[edit]

A winger, Barney Dalton played for the Eastern Suburbs club side in the years (1910–12) and (1914–15). He was a member of Eastern Suburbs first premiership winning side that defeated Glebe in the final of the competition in 1911, and backed up the following season in 1912 as Easts took their second title. The winger was also a member of the Easts' sides that won City Cups in 1914 and 1915. Dalton is recognised as the 43rd player to join the Sydney Roosters club.

Dalton played 61 first grade games for the Eastern Suburbs – Sydney Roosters and scored 16 tries in his first grade career.

His brother William Dalton also played with him at the Sydney Roosters.[1]

Criminal career[edit]

Barney Dalton became a gangland figure, and was reportedly mixed up with some of Sydney's most dangerous criminals in the 1920s. He was a member of Kate Leigh's razor gang during the Sydney gang wars that also involved Tilly Devine and Phil Jeffs.

Dalton was shot dead outside the Strand Hotel, on the corner of Crown Street and William Street, East Sydney on 9 November 1929 by notorious criminal Frank Green.[2][3]

His funeral was held at St Mary's Cathedral on 12 November 1929, and was attended by 200 mourners.[4] He was buried at Botany Catholic Cemetery, now known as Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park.[5][6]

In popular culture[edit]

Rick Donald played Barney Dalton in the 2011 Channel 9 television series Underbelly: Razor, based on the 1920-30s razor gang wars in Sydney.


  • Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen, The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gary Allen Pty Ltd, Wetherill Park, New South Wales (ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1)
  • Writer, Larry, Razor, Pan Macmillan Publishers, Australia. 2001. (ISBN 0 7329 1074 9)
  • Massoud, Josh, Daily Telegraph 14 August 2011, 'FOUND: Barney Dalton, the baddest man ever to play rugby league'


  1. ^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson. The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players Gary Allen Publishers, Australia,1995 (ISBN 1 875 16957 1).
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (article) 'Dramatic Scenes. Arrest of F.D. GREEN. Wounded Man's Remarkable Story'. 4 December 1929, page 15
  3. ^ 'Sydney Morning Herald', 12 November 1929, death notice, Bernard Hugh Dalton, page 10.
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (article) 'Gang War Victim. Scenes At Mass. 13 November 1929', page 19.
  5. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 12 November 1929, Funeral Notices: Bernard Hugh Dalton, p9.
  6. ^ Botany Catholic Cemetery grave location: Section BD, Grave 116.