James “Jim” Abercrombie (Maskell)

Hall of Fame


BIRTH: 31 Dec 1880
Curramulka, South Australia
DEATH: 29 Oct 1948 Takaka, New Zealand
DEATH: 29 Oct 1948
Takaka, New Zealand

OCCUPATION: Blacksmith

RESIDENCE: Broughton St, Concord, NSW


  • Glebe Borough RU 1902
  • Glebe RU 1903, 1904
  • North Sydney RU First Grade 1905, 1906, 1907
  • Metropolis RU 2nd XV v Combined Country 1906
  • Wests RL First Grade 1908, 1910, 1913
  • Metropolis v Maoris 1908
  • Kangaroo Tour to England, 1908
  • Wests RL Committee 1908
  • Scored first ever points for Western Suburbs with a goal from half way v South Sydney 1908.
  • Wests RL Coach 1913
  • NSW Rugby League Life Member 1914


Jim Abercrombie played rugby union prior to the formation of the NSW Rugby League in 1908. He attended the founding meetings of both the North Sydney and Western Suburbs rugby league clubs but decided to play with Wests in 1908. Jim Abercrombie and Ted Mead played in all nine games in the inaugural season of 1908.

In 2008, Jim Abercrombie was inducted into the Western Suburbs Magpies Hall of Fame.

Jim Abercrombie front far left – 1908/09 Kangaroo Tour

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