Patrick Carew

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Patrick Carew
Patrick Carew Aust RU.jpg
Birth namePatrick James S. Carew[1]
Date of birth(1876-09-10)10 September 1876[1]
Place of birthPine Mountain, Queensland, Australia[1]
Date of death31 March 1942(1942-03-31) (aged 65)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock,[1] Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

City (Brisbane)
Toowng (Brisbane)
Eastern Suburbs (Sydney)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
New South Wales
17 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1899[1] Australia 4[1] (0)[1]
Carew back row right in the inaugural Australian rugby union team, 1899
Carew appears back row 2nd from left,[2] after the 1 July Queensland match against the 1899 British Lions.[3]

Patrick James S. "Paddy" Carew (10 September 1875 – 31 March 1942) was an Australian rugby union national and state representative and a first-class cricketer and public servant. He was born in Pine Mountain in southern Queensland.

Sporting life[edit]

Carew, a prop, claimed a total of four international rugby caps for Australia. All of those caps came in matches against Great Britain in 1899.[1] His debut game was against Great Britain, at Sydney, on 24 June 1899, the inaugural rugby Test match played by an Australian national representative side. He was one of only five Queenslanders selected in that first Test. Four weeks later he played in the second Test at Brisbane. His performance in that match was noted as excellent by the press.[4] He played in all four Tests of the series and made a Queensland state appearance against those same tourists in Brisbane on 1 July 1899.

Paddy represented Queensland in rugby from 1898 to 1901, and was named to the “Gallery of Great Players” on the occasion of Queensland Rugby Union’s Jubilee in 1932 for representing the State on more than 10 occasions. He played a total of 17 matches: 16 against NSW as a forward and one against Great Britain. He captained Queensland in two games against NSW in 1901.

In 1903 Paddy joined Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club and contributed to the club’s first premiership that same year playing variously as a centre and forward. He was elected Easts’ captain in 1904. He represented NSW against Queensland, and in 1903 against New Zealand.

At cricket he played as a right arm bowler and in five first-class matches with Queensland, between the 1899/00 and 1902/03 seasons, took nine wickets at 35.77.[5] His brother James also represented Queensland at cricket.

Later life[edit]

Carew made a career in local government administration, serving as Shire Clerk for the Warringah Shire Council in Sydney from 1907 to 1913. He had a long commercial career as manager of the Manly Brick and Tile Company. in 1930 returned to public service as the Town Clerk of Cobar, and briefly as Shire Clerk in Dalgety for a few months in 1932.[6] Finally he became the Town Clerk of Queanbeyan in September 1932, a post he held until his death in 1942.[7][8][9] He was instrumental in establishing the Queanbeyan Bowling Club in 1934.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paddy Carew".
  2. ^ "The Battle-Stained Queensland Team As Photographed Immediately After The Match" (Photograph with caption.). The Queenslander. Brisbane, Australia. 8 July 1899. p. 73 S. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  3. ^ "International Football". The Queenslander. Brisbane, Australia. 8 July 1899. p. 73 S. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL". Queanbeyan Age. 26 July 1899. p. 2. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  5. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Patrick Carew". CricketArchive.
  6. ^ "SEND-OFF". Western Age. 22, (1591). New South Wales, Australia. 6 May 1932. p. 2. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  7. ^ "MR. P. J. CAREW". The Canberra Times. 7, (1532). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 20 September 1932. p. 4. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ "OBITUARY". The Canberra Times. 16, (4383). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 1 April 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 30 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. ^ "Obituary: Mr. P. Carew". Goulburn Evening Post. 2 April 1942. p. 2. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

Published references[edit]

  • Collection (1995) Gordon Bray presents The Spirit of Rugby, Harper Collins Publishers Sydney
  • Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead - Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland NZ

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
William S. Miller
Shire Clerk of Warringah
Succeeded by
Robert George Jamieson
Preceded by
L. R. Humphries
Town Clerk of Cobar
Succeeded by
John McCormack
Preceded by
T. N. Ayling
Shire Clerk of Dalgety
Succeeded by
F. B. D'Arcey
Preceded by
T. J. Murray
Town Clerk of Queanbeyan
Succeeded by
A. C. Turner