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This is a collection of data arranged by Andy Purcell. The writer will appreciate any reader who has more details, information or corrections contacting:

A.G.Purcell
15 Brooklands Street
Eight Mile Plains Q 4113
Phone 07 33411587
e-mail apurcell@gil.com.au
These notes have been collated and edited by Dave Nicolson.

THE ORIGINS OF RUGBY (DARLING DOWNS)

The original football played on the Darling Downs was based on Gaelic Football.The outstanding players were Fred Groom and ames Tolmie afterwards Speaker of the Legislative Council of the Queensland Parliament which was abolished in
1922.

Between 1882 and 1886 there were constant arguments over whether to adopt Melbourne Rules or Rugby Rules. In 1886 due to the efforts of Neil McPhie, JobStone, Gerald Barlow, Fred Way, Harry Hatton and J.C. Bain a Toowoomba Rugby Union was formed. This became the popular football code, although Melbourne Rules or to give it the modern term Australian Rules (AFL), survived in Toowoomba until the World War 1. The first teams were Moonlights, Paddingtons, Rockliffe, Gordon, Aubigny and Rangers.

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