Alfred James “Joe” Smith


BIRTH: 20 February 1889
Leichhardt, NSW
DEATH: 18 April 1948 Punchbowl, NSW
DEATH: 18 April 1948
Punchbowl, NSW

OCCUPATION: Clerk, 1913; Butcher, 1930 - 1948

RESIDENCE: Highclere Ave Punchbowl, NSW, 1930; Ilma Ave Sylvania. NSW, 1931, 1933; Burwood Rd Concord, NSW, 1935, 1936, 1937; Norton St Leichhardt, NSW, 1943


  • Wests RU 1912
  • Annandale RL 1913, 1914
  • Wests RL First Grade 1915, 1916
  • Wests City Cup 1915, 1916
  • Wests RL First Grade Squad 1917


Alfred “Joe” Smith has been a challenge to identify. With a surname such as Smith, there is often many possibilities. With the assistance of rugby league historian, Tony McCarron, some vital information was found to enable a profile for this player to be built.

It is known that this player was recorded as A. J. Smith in 1912, so an extensive search was undertaken to identify any candidates with the name of A. J. Smith that lived in the Leichhardt/Annandale district or the Concord/Burwood/Ashfield district, circa 1913, that might have been of the right age. This included a search of NSW Birth, Deaths and Marriages, NSW Electoral Rolls and the web site.

This narrowed the possibilities and lead to the person known as Alfred James “Joe” Smith.

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