William “Walter” “Bongy” Palmer


BIRTH: 10 February 1892
Leichhardt, NSW
DEATH: 12 June 1973 Newcastle, NSW
DEATH: 12 June 1973
Newcastle, NSW

OCCUPATION: Accountant

RESIDENCE: 216 Albion St Leichhardt, NSW, 1917; 197 Parramatta Rd Haberfield, NSW, 1926


  • Leichhardt School RU 1907
  • NSW RU Schools v Queensland Schools 1907
  • Leichhardt Royals RU 1909
  • Glebe Juniors RU B Representative Team 1909
  • Leichhardt RL 3rd Grade 1910, 1911
  • Annandale RL First Grade 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917
  • Metropolis RL 1914, 1915
  • NSW RL Firsts 1915
  • Wests RL First Grade 1918
  • Newtown RL First Grade 1919, 1920
  • NSW RL Seconds (Metropolis) 1919


Wests player #187 was identified as Walter Palmer in the Rugby League Project.  That name appeared in past player lists of both the Annandale and Newtown Clubs. These recordings made it appear that identifying this player would be  simple. A lot was known about “Walter” Palmer’s playing career but identifying him proved difficult.

There were a few Walter Palmers born in the right time period but none could be identified as the rugby league player. They were either not from the right locality or had died at an early age.

The player had a nickname of Bongy and it was this clue that confirmed that the name of this player was William Palmer and not Walter Palmer. This is his story.

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