George Dickinson

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George Dickinson
Full name George Ritchie Dickinson
Date of birth (1903-03-11)11 March 1903
Place of birth Dunedin, New Zealand
Date of death 17 March 1978(1978-03-17) (aged 75)
Place of death Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
School Otago Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth, second five-eighth, centre
New Zealand No. 263
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1922–24 Otago 12 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1922 New Zealand 0 ((0))
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 4) 10 January 1930 v England
Last Test 4 March 1932 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1921/22–1937/38 Otago
1943/44 Wellington
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 3 39
Runs scored 31 1013
Batting average 6.20 18.75
100s/50s 0/0 1/4
Top score 11 104
Balls bowled 451 8546
Wickets 8 150
Bowling average 30.62 26.96
5 wickets in innings 0 11
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling 3/66 7/90
Catches/stumpings 3/- 19/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 April 2017

George Ritchie Dickinson (11 March 1903 – 17 March 1978) was a New Zealand cricketer and rugby union player. He played three tests for the New Zealand cricket team between 1930 and 1932, and five matches for the New Zealand national rugby side, the All Blacks, in 1922.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Dunedin on 11 March 1903,[1] Dickinson was the son of Henry Dickinson[2] and Eliza Jane Dickinson (née McDonald). He was educated at Otago Boys' High School.[1] On 11 June 1929 he married Rua Belle Milne at First Church in Dunedin.[2]

Sporting career[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

While at Otago Boys' High School, Dickinson played as a five-eighth in the school's 1st XV rugby team between 1918 and 1921. He made his debut for the All Blacks in 1922 on their tour of New South Wales, playing five matches and scoring three tries. He went on to play 12 matches for Otago between 1922 and 1924, scoring five tries, 11 conversions and one penalty goal. Dickinson also played for the South Island in 1922. He retired from first-class rugby at the age of 21.[1]


A fast bowler, Dickinson became the first so-called "double All Black" when he represented New Zealand at cricket against Victoria in the 1924-25 season.[3] He played a match against Australia in 1927-28, then in New Zealand's first two official Tests, against England in 1929-30, and a final Test against South Africa in 1931-32. He took eight wickets at an average of 30.62 in his three Tests.[4]

Dickinson played for Otago from 1920-21 to 1937-38, and one match for Wellington in the 1943-44 season. His best performances were 6 for 43 and 5 for 46 against Canterbury in 1924-25, and 7 for 90 and 4 for 55 against Wellington the next season. He also scored useful runs in the lower order, with one century, 104, against Wellington in 1927-28.[1][4]

Working life and death[edit]

Dickinson worked as a salesman,[5] store manager,[6] and clerk.[7] He died in Lower Hutt on 17 March 1978,[1] and his ashes were buried at Taitā Lawn Cemetery.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Knight, Lindsay. "George Dickinson". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Personal and social". Otago Daily Times. 14 June 1929. p. 14. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Meikle, Hayden (16 September 2011). "Greatest moments in Otago sport - number 53". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b George Dickinson at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  5. ^ Electoral district of Dunedin West: general roll of persons entitled to vote for Members of Parliament of New Zealand. 1928. p. 49. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand, World War II ballot lists, 1940–1945". Operations. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2017. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b "Deceased search". Hutt City Council. Retrieved 21 January 2017.