Harold Walker

Harold Stapleton Walker
Rugby Union - 1938

Harold Walker was born in Sutherland NSW in 1915 and his sporting prowess was evident from his earliest school days.

Tennis and cricket during the Primary years at Sutherland were Harold’s chosen sports and while at Sydney Boys High School he played in the winning Cricket XI in his final year.

During his time at Wagga Wagga Agricultural College, rugby, a game he soon excelled in, was added to his expertise.

From Wagga Wagga, Harold went to Sydney to become articled to his Father’s law firm and resumed surfing, becoming a foundation member of North Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club and also continued to play cricket and football.

His rugby skills soon came under the notice of the St George Rugby Union Club and he became a permanent member of St Georges First Grade Fifteen playing in the positions of wing or centre three quarter.

During 1938, which was Harold’s best footballing year, he represented New South Wales against both Victoria and Queensland and was a reserve for New South Wales against New Zealand.

In the NSW Rugby Union News of June 1938 Harold was described thus - “A tall and robust centre three quarter who must be one of the unluckiest players. He has received a number of injuries but is displaying as much skill and enthusiasm as ever”.

When his Father’s firm was transferred to Cooma, Harold moved to Cooma also and was soon showing his expertise in cricket, golf and in later years, bowls, a sport that he enjoyed and played very well. During his time in Cooma he was also President of the Golf Club for a period and Secretary/Manager of the Cooma Bowling Club.