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Rugby league in Australia started as a rebel football competition established in defiance of the New South Wales Rugby Union. With its mix of hardness and athleticism, it has grown to become one of the most popular of Australian sports, a skilful fast-moving game that has the passionate support of its fans.
Here, relive some of the key moments and memorabilia, with photographs which bear testament to the great teams and personalities of the past.
Many of these photographs are also on show in the League of Legends travelling photographic exhibition.
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1930s: Dave Brown
Courtesy Peter Clarke.
1933: The Human Bullet
Courtesy Melba Studios.
Vic Hey's nickname, 'the Human Bullet', indicates what a devastating player he was in attack and defence. A star with Western Suburbs, he also represented New South Wales, Queensland and Australia. He played in England for a decade before returning to see out his playing days with Parramatta.
1933: Thicknesse changes codes
Courtesy Paul Hayes.
1934: The bush comes to town
Courtesy Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales.
1934: The Labor Daily Cup
Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales.