|Full name||Herbert F. Tonkes|
|Date of birth||4 April 1921|
|Date of death||10 September 1991(aged 70)|
|Original team(s)||Preston Jnrs / Essendon United|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1944, 1946–47||Essendon||37 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Tonkes could play a variety of positions, from defence, the wing to half back. He played his early football at Preston Juniors and was recruited to the VFL from Essendon United. War duties limited him to seven appearances in 1944 and he missed the entire 1945 season as he was serving in the Pacific. The following year he returned to the league and was a half back flanker in the victorious 1946 VFL Grand Final team. After one final season, Tonkes joined VFA club Brunswick.
- Herbie Tonkes's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
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