Frederick James “Jim” Plater


BIRTH: 4 November 1929
Mullumbimby, NSW
DEATH: 2 December 1973 Regents Park, NSW
DEATH: 2 December 1973
Regents Park, NSW

OCCUPATION: Steward, 1958, Salesman, 1963

RESIDENCE: Plymouth St Enfield, NSW, 1958; Clucas Rd Regents Park, NSW, 1963


  • Brunswick Heads RL 1947, 1949, 1950
  • Byron Bay RL 1948, 1949, 1950
  • North Coast RL v Great Britain RL 1950
  • Upper Clarence RL 1951
  • Marist Brothers Lismore RL 1952
  • Richmond District RL 1952
  • Group 1 RL 1950, 1952
  • Lismore RL 1953
  • East Tamworth RL 1954
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1955
  • Wests RL First Grade 1955
  • Coonabarabran RL (Player/Coach) 1956


NSW North Coast Rugby League Team v Great Britain (14 June 1950)

Jim Plater (Centre Row 5th from left)

Note: Hec Farrell lost his place in this team due to a dispute with Group 1 officials

Jim Plater’s Blazer Pocket – North Coast v Great Britain 1950

Wests Archive acknowledges the assistance of Merrick Plater in providing information for the story of his father, Jim Plater.

The Plater clan lived in the small NSW North Coast town of Billinudgel, not far from Mullumbimby, in the early part of the twentieth century. They were popular and active members of that community. Many social events were held in the local hall and rugby league was the sport of choice,

Jim’s parents were Bert and Doris Plater and his birth was registered at Mullumbimby in November 1929. However his life started in tragedy when within four days of his birth his mother died. The small community of family and friends pulled together to support Bert Plater and his infant son.




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