Alexander Woodford “Alec” McDonald

Australia Military Forces


BIRTH: 1 April 1907
Woodford Park, Maclean, NSW
DEATH: 21 December 1989 St Ives, NSW
DEATH: 21 December 1989
St Ives, NSW

OCCUPATION: Student, 1930; Teacher, 1931

RESIDENCE: Breillat St Kentville (Annandale), NSW, 1930; Cedar St Woodburn South, NSW, 1931; Redmyre Rd Strathfield, NSW, 1934


  • Maclean Royals RL 1927
  • Hawkesbury Agricultural College RU 1928
  • Country Week RU Carnival 1928
  • Metropolitan RU Country Tour 1928
  • Western Suburbs RU 1928
  • Maclean Rovers 1929
  • Glebe-Balmain RU 1929
  • Lower North Coast RL v Kempsey RL 1929
  • Lower North Coast RL v Far West RL (Country Carnival) 1929
  • Lower North Coast RL v Balmain RL (Country Carnival) 1929
  • Woodburn Hornets RL 1931, 1932, 1933
  • Far North Coast RL v England RL 1932
  • Lower Richmond RL Representative Team 1933
  • Wests RL First Grade 1934
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1934, 1935
  • Burnside School Coach 1936, 1937, 1938
  • Parramatta RU First Grade Coach 1936, 1938, 1939
  • Parramatta RU Selector 1937


Alexander “Alec” McDonald was born at Woodford Park, Maclean on the  NSW north coast. Alec learned his football while playing for the local Woodburn team.

He was from a teaching family and in the late 1920’s he came to Sydney and attended the Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

The College had a  proud history of producing rugby union players. It is likely that Alec honed his skills there while studying.

Alec McDonald was called up by Wests Rugby Union Club in 1928.  He replaced regular five-eighth Harry Bartley who was on tour with the Australian Wallabies in New Zealand.

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