Francis Anthony “Frank” Sponberg


BIRTH: 18 May 1912
Hurstville, NSW
DEATH: 17 June 2000 Punchbowl, NSW
DEATH: 17 June 2000
Punchbowl, NSW

OCCUPATION: Labourer, 1935

RESIDENCE: McDonald St Lakemba, NSW, 1932: Hillcrest St Punchbowl, NSW, 1935


  • Punchbowl, Lakemba junior RL
  • Canterbury Bankstown President’s Cup RL 1931
  • Wests RL 3rd Grade 1932
  • Wests RL2nd Grade 1932
  • Wests RL First Grade 1932, 1933, 1934
  • Canterbury Bankstown RL 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944
  • Canterbury Bankstown RL City Cup 1937, 1942
  • Canterbury Bankstown RL State Championships 1939, 1941, 1943, 1944
  • NSW RL Firsts v Queensland RL Firsts 1933, 1934
  • City RL Firsts v Country RL Firsts 1933, 1934, 1935
  • City RL Possibles v City RL Probables 1933
  • Sydney RL Firsts v Police RL 1936
  • City RL Seconds v Country RL Seconds 1938
  • Wollongong RL 1940
  • Southern Districts RL 1940
  • Rest of NSW RL Firsts v Fighting Services RL 1942


Frank Sponberg’s birth was registered at Hurstville, NSW in 1912 under the name of Spongberg. He was born about the time that his family moved from Balmain to the Sydney suburb of Lakemba.

The Sponberg family was originally from Millers Point at the base of what is now the Sydney Harbor Bridge. In those days Millers Point housed workers for the nearby wharves.

It is likely that Frank’s family eventually moved to the Balmain area to undertake similar work on the Balmain wharves.

Franks father and uncles played rugby union in the Millers Point area and were recorded with the Gipps Electorate team and the Sydney Rugby Union Club which formed as an offshoot of the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club.

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