Jack Bonnyman

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John "Jack" Bonnyman (born in 1920 ) was a rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs and New South Wales.


Jack Bonnyman started his career at the Central-Newcastle Rugby League club. He was all set to join St. George Dragons, but changed his mind at the last minute and joined Canterbury-Bankstown.[1]

He went on to play 5 seasons with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs between 1940-1945. Bonnyman captained the Berries in their 24-14 loss to the Eastern Suburbs in the 1940 premiership final, although he did score a nice try during the match.

Success followed two years later when he played half-back in the victorious 1942 Grand Final Canterbury team that defeated the St. George Dragons 11-9.

He finished his career at Picton in the late 1940s.

Representative career[edit]

Jack Bonnyman represented Country Firsts in 1938 and New South Wales in 1939 - all before joining Canterbury-Bankstown in 1940.


He is recognized as Canterbury Bankstown player No. 64.

Jack Bonnyman was selected in the 70th Anniversary Berries to Bulldogs Team of Champions.[2]


  1. ^ Newcastle Morning Herald: "J.Bonnyman Changes His Minhd and Club." 11/03/1940 (page 12)
  2. ^ Bulldogs.com.au/Jack Bonnyman