Maxwell Alan “Max” Gray (Gradowski)


BIRTH: 3 July 1911
Sunnyside, Bourke St Goulburn, NSW
DEATH: 1 March 1989 Nambucca Heads, NSW
DEATH: 1 March 1989
Nambucca Heads, NSW

OCCUPATION: Tile Setter, 1936

RESIDENCE: Williams St Granville, NSW, 1932; Parramatta Rd Ashfield, NSW 1935; Winchcombe Ave Haberfield, NSW, 1936


  • Fairfield RL 1930, 1931, 1932
  • Southern Districts RL President’s Cup 1930, 1931
  • Aberdeen RL 1932
  • Cooma Blacks RL 1933
  • Cooma District RL 1933
  • Wests RL First Grade 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1934, 1936
  • City RL Seconds v Country RL Seconds 1935
  • West Wyalong RL 1936, 1938
  • Cowra RL 1937
  • Wests RL (Trials) 1939
  • Kurri Kurri RL 1939
  • Kurri Kurri RL v Newtown State Championships 1939
  • Wests RL Coach 1940
  • Wests RL Selector 1940
  • Tamworth RL 1941
  • Easts RL (Trials) 1945


Who was Max Gray? A search was undertaken to find his identity, but all lines of inquiry failed to identify him under that name.

There was a lot of information associated with his playing career during the period, 1930 until 1941 as he was a very prominent rugby league player.

The name Max Gray is not common and should have been easy to identify. However, of the few with the name of Max Gray in available public records, none were the player in question.

One hint in Rugby League News in August 1940, noted that Max Gray had suffered a recent bereavement. A search of records found no connection between Max Gray and anyone that may have recently died.

There are examples of players in the early years of the game, playing under assumed names or using a shortened or anglicized version of their family name, Dick Vest being a good example.

With this in mind, a broader search of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages was undertaken. This search brought up the name Maxwell Alan Gradowski.

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