|Full name||George Joshua Francis Parkinson|
|Date of birth||27 January 1884|
|Place of birth||Sandhurst, Victoria|
|Date of death||22 October 1913(aged 29)|
|Place of death||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||South Bendigo|
|Height / weight||184 cm|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1912.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
In 1908, Parkinson made 18 appearances, including Essendon's semi-final win over Collingwood, but wasn't selected for the grand final. His best performance that season came in round 16 when he played up forward and kicked seven goals against Melbourne at East Melbourne.
He was a regular in the Essendon team again in 1909, with 15 games, then only played five games in 1910, but did make another semi-final appearance, for the third year in a row.
Off the field, Parkinson was a railways worker, initially at Bendigo railway station before he moved to Melbourne. On 21 October 1913, Parkinson was alighting from a train at South Yarra station, on his way home from work, when his leg slipped in between the train and platform. The train was already in motion and Parkinson received severe leg injuries. He died from shock the following day, at The Alfred Hospital.
- Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
- "Parkinson, G. J. Fred". Essendon Football Club. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012.
- "Fred Parkinson". AFL Tables.
- Bendigo Advertiser, "Metropolitan Matches", 4 June 1912, p. 2
- Bendigo Advertiser, "Fatal Railway Accident", 23 October 1913, p. 5
- The Argus, "Man's Leg Crushed", 22 October 1913, p. 13
- Riverine Herald, "Footballer Fatally Injured", 23 October 1913, p. 3