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Charles McMurtrie

Full name: Charles Herbert McMurtrie
Nickname(s): Mac
Gender: Male
Born: May 1, 1878 in Orange, New South Wales, Australia
Died: August 9, 1951 in Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Waratahs Club, Orange
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Rugby

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Charlie McMurtrie traveled to Western Australia as a youth to seek his fortune in gold mining. While there he played for Kalgoorlie in 1898 against Perth and Fremantle. He returned to the Orange district after several years and played with the Waratah Club, when he was selected for the Wallabies tour of the British Isles and France in 1908-09. During that tour he played in the 1908 London Olympics, winning a gold medal, although he missed many tour matches with injuries. Ironically, he only played in the Olympic match when he replaced [Paddy Moran], who had dislocated his shoulder.

On his return to Australia McMurtrie moved to professional rugby league, as did many of his teammates. In rugby league he played for the Balmain Tigers, and in 1911 he was selected for the Australian tour of Great Britain, making him a dual-code rugby international. He played rugby league for five years and then returned to gold mining. McMurtrie was very successful in that field and died a wealthy man in 1951, at 73-years-old.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 29 London Rugby Men's Rugby Australasia ANZ 1 Gold

Men's Rugby

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result Position PTS T C P DG
1908 Summer 29 London Rugby Australasia ANZ Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-10-26 ANZ 32, Cornwall 3 Forward 0 0 0 0 0
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