Thomas Russell “Tom” Magnus


BIRTH: 31 July 1910
Sydney, NSW
DEATH: 7 January 1987 Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DEATH: 7 January 1987
Surfers Paradise, Queensland

OCCUPATION: Rubber Worker, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1937; Sales Manager, 1949; Agent, 1954; Cafe Proprietor, 1958

RESIDENCE: Forbes St Croydon Park, NSW, 1931, 1933; Marine Pde St Kilda, Victoria, 1936; St Georges Grove Parkville, Victoria, 1937; Macleay St Darlinghurst, NSW, 1949; Deep Creek Rd Narrabeen, NSW, 1954: Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 1958


  • Rozelle Fernleigh RL 1927
  • Balmain RL Combined Juniors v Balmain RL 3rd Grade 1927
  • Balmain President’s Cup RL 1927, 1928
  • Balmain RL Reserve Grade Grand Final 1928
  • Balmain RL First Grade 1929, 1930, 1931
  • Balmain RL v Far West NSW (Country Carnival) 1930
  • Wests RL 3rd Grade 1932, 1933
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1932, 1933, 1934
  • Wests RL First Grade 1933
  • Wests RL General Committee 1934
  • Good Year RL (Business House Competition) 1934


Tom Magnus grew up in the inner city suburb of Rozelle in the Balmain District. He played C Grade rugby league with the Rozelle Fernleigh Club at sixteen years of age. Tom was called up to trial with the Balmain President’s Cup team in 1927.

He impressed and was selected in a combined junior team that played the Balmain Third Grade before becoming a member of the 1927 Balmain President’s Cup team.

Tom was again selected in the President’s Cup team in 1928. On a tour of the Lithgow district in August, he was described as the outstanding player in the Balmain squad.

He was soon graded and played in the Balmain’s Reserve Grade team that won the 1928 Grand Final.

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