Denis Cordner

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Denis Cordner
Denis Cordner 1950.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1924-06-28)28 June 1924
Place of birth Diamond Creek, Victoria
Date of death 17 October 1990(1990-10-17) (aged 66)
Place of death Kew East, Victoria
Original team(s) University Blacks (VAFA)
Debut Round 5, 1943, Melbourne
vs. Richmond, at the MCG
Height / weight 191 cm / 91 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1943, 1948–56 Melbourne 152 (82)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1956.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

George Denis Pruen Cordner (28 June 1924 – 17 October 1990) was an Australian rules football player and diplomat. His brothers Don, John and Ted were also notable sportsmen.

Denis Cordner played in the ruck in the Melbourne premiership teams in the 1948, 1955 and 1956.

He was named in the Melbourne's "Team of the Century" in 2000 as the starting ruckman.

In September 1981, Cordner was appointed Australian Consul-General in New York.[1] He took up the post in March 1982.[2] Cordner's wife Pat was mugged on her first day out in New York city.[3] In March 1984, Cordner was asked to return to Australia within three months.[4]

Cordner died of coronary heart disease on 17 October 1990, at home in East Kew.[2]


  1. ^ "New consul". The Canberra Times. ACT. 17 September 1981. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b Hibbins, Gillian M., "Cordner, George Denis Pruen (1924–1990)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, archived from the original on 27 February 2016 
  3. ^ "Australia's Consul-General... at home in the Big Apple", The Australian Women's Weekly, p. 42, 24 November 1982 
  4. ^ "Envoy in New York asked to return". The Canberra Times. ACT. 21 March 1984. p. 3. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bob Cotton
Australian Consul General in New York
Succeeded by
John Taylor