Dick Vest

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Dick Vest
Personal information
Full nameRichard Veserema
Barmedman, New South Wales
Died11 June 1974
Enfield, New South Wales
Playing information
PositionWing, Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1914–23 Wests (Sydney) 85 22 8 0 82
1924–?? Cootamundra
Total 85 22 8 0 82
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–22 New South Wales 9 10 0 0 30
1919–22 Australia 7 4 0 0 12
1920–22 City NSW 2 4 1 0 14

Dick Vest (1897-1974) was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1910s and 1920s . An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative three-quarter back, he played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership for Sydney's Western Suburbs club.

The son of an Austrian immigrant, Vest was born Gregoria Richard Veserema in the country New South Wales town of Barmedman. Following the death of his father in a mine accident, Vest and his two older brothers were sent to a boys home in the Western Sydney suburb Westmead, playing junior rugby league for local club Parramatta.[1] Vest commenced his New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership first grade career with Western Suburbs in the 1914 NSWRFL season.[2]

During the 1920 Great Britain Lions tour Vest played in all three Tests for Australia as they won the Ashes for the very first time. He was later selected to go on the 1921–22 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain. He played for West Wyalong and Barmedman in the Maher Cup.

Dick Vest died at Enfield, New South Wales on 11 June 1974.[3]


  1. ^ Alan Whiticker. "Dick Vest". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Dick Vest". nrlstats.com. Sports Data. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald - death notice "Richard Vest" 13/06/1974