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Col McCallum Rugby and Athletics

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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australiamap
Surname/tag: McCallum, Mayne_Harriers, Teachers_Rugby, University_of_Queensland_Rugby_Club
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See here for fuller details of Col McCallum's achievements at Brisbane State High School.


Elder brother Pat McCallum recollects Col had a stand to practice pole vault and high jump at the Two Mile (Nanango home)


Medal engraved “Colin 1924” in the collection of Bruce McCallum


St. Patricks Day Hibernian Race Meeting and Sports, Nanango. The Hibernian Race Club held a race meeting and sports on the Nanango racecourse on St. Patricks’ Day… The following are the results in the children’s sports … race ...girls (11 and 12 years) M. McCallum 1 ...hop, step and jump, for boys, C.McCallum 1 ...pole vault C.McCallum [1]
Colin moves to Brisbane with the support of his brothers and attends Brisbane State High School (BSHS)

1929 - BSHS 1st Year Rugby

Third XV [2]

1930 – BSHS Sub-Junior

Boys Athletics

Rugby Football B Team [3]

1931 – BSHS Junior 4

Athletics Representative

Starter in All Schools Events: high jump; broad jump. McCallum got up to 5’ in the high jump. [4]
26 Aug 1931 Annual Sports, Exhibition Grounds: Open Broad Jump McCallum 1st 18’5’’; Open High Jump McCallum 2nd [5]


First XV [6]

1932 – BSHS Sub-Senior 1

Medical - appendidectomy, fractured left metacarpal[7]


The shield for inter-form competition was one by the Sub-Seniors.” McCallum attended the weekly runs at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Starter in All Schools Event: broad jump. Jumped (high jump) well to clear 5’4” to just miss third place. [8]


First XV [9]

1932 – Mayne Harriers

Lang Park Athletics Meeting, Hop, Step and Jump [10]; Lang Park, Pole Vault [11]

1933 – BSHS Senior 1


All Schools’ Athletic Team Combined Schools’ Carnival: “In the Open Broad Jump McCallum cleared 21 ft. 4 ins., and in the High Jump the same boy cleared 5 ft. 4 ins.” … …”McCallum must come first in our comments. To jump 20 ft. 4 ins. in the Broad Jump, and then battle on up to 5 ft. 6 ¾ ins. in the High Jump – only to be beaten…, was wonderful; but those of us who knew Mac best, expected something of the kind. His best jump prior to the Sports was 5 ft. 4 ins., but Mac is the sort that rises to the occasion.” [12]
In the competition for the Inter-Form Cup at our own school sports, seniors appropriately won… The individual Open Champion went to C. Smith with J. Christensen and C. McCallum together very close behind.” [13]
Annual Athletic Carnival, Good performances. Open Broad Jump McCaullum 1st, 21’2’’; Shot Putt McCallum 2nd; Open High Jump McCallum 1st 5’4’’ [14]
McCallum In Form. “McCallum registered a fine performance at the annual sports of the Brisbane State High School yesterday, when he won the open broad jump at 21ft. 2 ins.,and the high jump with a leap of 5ft. 4ins.” [15]
Mayne Harriers Lead in the Queensland Amateur Athletics Association’s inter-club contests for the Ambulance Cup. Pole Vault, Mayne Harriers v Great Public Schools, Col. McCallum tied for 2nd. [16]
“That Queensland is rich in youthful athletic talent was amply demonstrated at the secondary schools’ sports last Saturday ... Graham’s tie for second with McCallum in the open high jump was splendid. They both have distinct possibilities in this direction. The latter did well to score second place with 20 feet 4 inches, in the broad jump.” [17]


1st XV. “C. McCallum was most unfortunately out of the team for most of the season. His clean handling, straight running, and deadly tackling helped us to victory against Terrace and Ipswich.” [18]

1933 – Mayne Harriers

Mayne Harriers Senior and Junior Club Athletics Championships were advanced a further stage ...Senior High Jump, Hardy Cup Championship. C. McCallum, 5 ft 5 ins, 2; High Jump Handicap - R. Uppmann (7 ins.), 5 ft 8 ins., tied for 1: C.McCallum (3ins.), 5 ft 8 ins. … Uppman won the jump off. [19]

1933 – University of Queensland Rugby Club (University)

C Grade, Eagle Junction (19) defeat Varsity (17), McCallum one try and one field goal [20]
Reserve Grades: C Grade, “Eagle Junction and Varsity staged the most exciting match yet seen at Kalinga Park. Eagle Junction ran out winners by two points, With both sides establishing a two points lead three times throughout the game, their supporters were on tiptoe and pandemonium reigned when Kerwin goaled from a difficult angle, thus averting a draw at the final whistle …McCallum and Shand were prominent for the maroons.” [21]
Toowoomba Again Defeat Brisbane After Hard Union Game: “In an early curtain-raiser to the inter-city game Teachers’ College defeated University C grade team by 13 points to 9.” McCallum scored a try for the losers. [22]
Problem Of Johannesburg Test: “The early game at the Exhibition last Saturday between the C graders from University and Teachers’ College provided the early patrons with the thrilling movements which were lacking in the inter-city game later … In the second half College allowed the students to take charge, while Silcock and McCallum scored tries to make University take the lead and look like winning. With only about 10 minutes to go, Teachers suddenly became revitalised … College deserved their win by 13 points to 9, although at one stage they looked like running second.” [23]

Colin attends Teachers College as a Senior (one year program)

1934 – Mayne Harriers

Col McCallum tied for second in the pole vault, runner-up to Clyde McCallum (10 ft, 11 in.) [24]

1934 – Teachers Rugby Club

Rugby Union Sprint Title: Back, Heat 10 McCallum (Teachers) nominated/drawn. [Each runner is required to run in full football togs and carry a ball] [25]
Rugby Union Reserve: Teachers’ College (35) v University (Nil). For the winners McCallum scored a try and kicked 3 goals. [26]
Rugby Union: “Teachers’ Training College defeated G.P.S. by 14 points to 6 in the C grade match played at Lanham Park. … one try was converted by McCallum.” [27]
Premiers Lose Again: “In the C grade semi-finals … Teachers’ College eliminated the joint leaders, Eagle Junction, 11-6, after extra time had been played … a conversion and a penalty goal by McCallum.” [28]

Colin moves to the teaching workforce

1935 – University

Exciting Rugby Union Games: B Grade, University (20) def. Valley (6), McCallum converted one try for the winners. [29]

1935 – Mayne Harriers

Athletics: Mayne Harriers’ championships were advanced a stage further at Windsor Park on Saturday. Senior Hop, Step and Jump Handicap: C. McCallum (6 in.) 40 ft. 9 1.2 in., 1. Senior Hammer Throw Handicap: C. McCallum (23 ft.), 3. [30]
Athletics: C Grade, Cannor Hill v Mayne Harriers Pole vault - C. McCallum, 9 ft, 3 in., 1. [31]
Fast Times By Club Athletes: Pole Vault - Col McCallum, 3. Clyde McCallum, 11 ft. 0 in., 1. [32]

1936 – Mayne Harriers

Athletics: selected in Mayne Harriers tem for inter-club contests at Lang Park on Saturday. A Grade: Pole vault - Col McCullum, Clyde McCallum. C Grade: Broad Jump - C. McCallum [33]
Athletics: Broad Jump - C. McCallum, 4. Pole vault - Col. McCallum equal second, runner up to Clyde McCallum (11 ft.) [34]

1937 – University

Medical - sprained right knee[7]

University Union Teams: McCallum chosen as a A grade reserve [35]
VARSITY RUGBY TEAM FOR MELBOURNE Four Teams in Week's Football Carnival The Queensland University Rugby Union team will leave Brisbane by mall train on Wednesday, May 26, for the Australian Universities' Rugby Union carnival In Melbourne. The team will play Its first game on Saturday, May 21st, and during the carnival, which extends over a week, will meet teams from Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide Universities. At the conclusion of these games a combined Universities team will lie selected to play the Victorian Slate side on June 5. P. M. Silcock has been appointed manager of the team and P. Clark was elected captain. The personnel of the team Is as follows: Full-back. P. Clark: three-quarters, V. Nicholson, T. Thomas. N. Wensley. W.Kreseker; half-backs, C. Manning. A. Astlil; forwards, P. Proctor, J. Hynes, C. Holmes. J. Tully. J. Trehearne, H. Lavers. W. Monte. R. Martin: reserves, C. McCallum, Evan Thompson, J. Markwell, C. Parker.[36]
QUEENSLAND'S WIN University Team Beats Adelaide 20-6 MELBOURNE. Monday. Queensland and Adelaide universities met to-day, when games in the inter-varsity Rugby Union series were continued. The Queensland forwards were more aggressive. and as weather conditions made It a forward's game, the side was able to win by 20 points to 6. A brilliant run was made early by Magarey. the Adelaide full-back, who scored the side's only try. Queensland team was: N. Wensley; V. Nicholson. T. Thompson. T. Thomas, J. Tulley: A. Astill. P. Proctor, J. Hynes. H. Lavis. W. Monti. C. Parker. C. McCallum. W. Elliott, J. Trehearns, J. Tyrell. Melbourne had an unexpected win over Sydney in the second game of the day. [37]
Rugby Union QUEENSLAND'S BID FOR TITLE University Team Has Narrow Win MELBOURNE. Wednesday. Queensland, by defeating Melbourne 5-3 when the inter-Varsity Rugby series -was continued to--day, has placed itself in a good position for the title, which it at present holds. Sydney defeated Adelaide 28-nil. In an even game, in which both sides Just failed to score on several occasions, Queensland won by two points. Queensland got the ball from nearly every scrum and showed better co-ordination in passing. Final scores: Queensland 5 (C. McCallum a try, converted by P. Clarke) ; Melbourne, 3 (T. Cummlng a try) [38]
University Rugby Union Team To Meet All Schools’ Fifteen: “The following team has been selected to represent the university against combined Great Public Schools in the annual Rugby Union match to be played at the Exhibition Ground tomorrow at 3 p.m.:- Full-back, J. Batatono or C. McCallum” [39]
ALL SCHOOLS PLAY UNIVERSITY Annual Rugby Union Fixture The annual fixture between the Great Public Schools and University Rugbv Union teams was played at the Exhibition No. 2 ground this afternoon. The Great Public Schools' team was a fully representative one whilst University also fielded a strong team which Included V. Wilson, Queensland's sole representative In the last Australian team to meet the Sprlngboks, The teams were:— GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Full-back, J. Stewart (T.G.S.) ; three-quarters, L. Naumann (T.G.S.). E. N. Falne (C.E.&.S.), J. Ryan (N.C.), A. Brunckhorst (T.G.S.); five-eighth, F. Garen (N.C.) ; half-back. J. W. Stacey (T.G.S.): forwards, Tureal (N.C.), J. Walsh (N.C.), A. Long (T.G.S.), R. D. C. Cusack (B.G.S.). S Evans (N.C.), M. Carroll (N.C.). F. T. Leach (C.E.G.S.), C. B. Bell (B.G.S.) UNIVERSITY: Full-back, C. McCallum: three-quarters, J. Evans, V. Nicholson, M. Wensley, T. Thomas: five eighth, C, Manning: half-back, J. Hunt: forwards, C. Parker. P. Proctor. C, Holmes, J, Tully. J. Trehearne, V. Wilson, R. Elliott,V. Schmidt. Referee: Mr, R. Brett. [40]

1937 – Combined Universities

VARSITY TEAM FOR BIG RUGBY The combined Universities Rugby team for the game against Victoria at Carlton on Saturday has been selected as follows:— Forwards. W, Morgan (M.), P. Proctor (Q.), J. Stewart (S ). B. Pheian (M., vice-capt.), I. Johnstone (S.). R. Elliott (Q). W. Monti (Q.). R. Holt (M.). Halves: A. Blakeley (S.). N. Wensley (Q.). Three-quarters: C. McCallum (Q.), J. Thomas (Q.), V. Nicholson (Q,), A. Allingham (S.). Full back: P, Clark (capt, Q.) Reserves— Backs: S. Frew (M.), D. Adam (M,), H. Mott (S.) Forwards: J. Morrow (M.), S. Copeiand (S.). J Hynes (S.) [41]
Rugby: RUGBY. VICTORIANS IN ACTION Preparing for Springboks. The Victorian Rugby Representatives. The Victorian Rugby Union fifteen selected to oppose the Springboks at Carlton next Saturday played a representative Inter-Varslty team of players who competed In the university contests during the week. Victoria won after a keen contest. The State selectors. Messrs. R. Fraser-Dodds. F. W. Russell and D. L. Cowper, met after the match and decided not to alter the team, although some of the players were disappointing. The reserves will be-- Forwards: Bluett (Air Force). Huston (Kiwis). Backs: R. Pearson (Footscray), T. West (Old Boys), Although the game was poor in parts,as the Victorians had not previously played together, there were very brilliant flashes of real "rugger", but the features were the fine kicking of Geo. Baker, the Footscray forward, who played at breakaway, and that of the Queenslander, P. Clark, the Varsity full-back. Baker won tho game for Victoria, and kicked goals with' place kicks at a time when the students appeared to be the better side. He also starred in a passing' movement in the closing stages to prove his versatility. Clark was an object lesson to aspiring full-backs, and the manner In which he found the line with left and right kicks over considerable distances earned the plaudits of the spectators. In the second term tho Victorians played with more dash and determination, and Dunlop, Baker, Bissett and Lang were very conspicuous. In the closing stages the students were outpaced, and the Victoriansshowed that the practice had helped them to evolve some kind of combination. Final scores:— ' VICTORIA- 17 d. COMBINED UNIVERSITIES 6. Best Players.— Victoria; Baker, Dunlop.Hammon, Bick, Carpenter, -Burr, Bissett (in second half. Universities: Clark, Phelan, N. Wensley, Morgan. Morrow., The Springboks will- arrive by the 'Ulysses' thlfl morning, and will stay at Menzies Hotel. They will be met by a large number of Victorian players and offlcials, and accorded a civic reception by the Acting Lord Mayor at noon. They will train later in the afternoon at the Carlton ground. [42]
McCallum kicks a penalty for varsity against YMCA. Jun 1937 [43]

1938 – University

University Rugby Union Officials: Mr. C. McCallum was appointed Secretary of the Queensland University Rugby Union Club. [44]
Col was selected as Fullback in a University Club B grade team for 18 Jun 1938.[45]
Varsity Defeats Y.M.C.A. 8 - 5 For Welsby Cup: “After a very interesting game and one of fluctuating fortune, University defeated Brothers in B grade for the F. C. Lea Cup by 9 points to 8.” McCallum listed in the best for Varsity. [46]
Mayne v. University The team were:— UNIVERSITY.— Full back, J. Batstone; three-quarter. V. Schmidt: C. McCallum, W. N. Wensley, J. Evans; five-eighth, C, Manning: half-back, E. Faine ; forwards, J. Hyne.s P. Proctor, L. Isles, J. Sullivan, C. Bryson. R. Elliott, J. Tully, N. Martin. MAYNE.— Full back, R. Middleton: three-quarter. A. Hudwen. A. Bowling. L. Wex, V. Walker; five-eighth. J. Bell; half-back. C. Hockings; forwards, V. Tippetts. W. Jones. L. Green. N. Carby. J. Gallagher, T. Rowcliffe. L. Moore. B. Johns.
Play was very scrappy for the first fifteen minutes and no score resulted. Then Wensley gathered a loose ball to beat two defenders and his pace allowed him to run around full back Middleton to score under the posts. Evans converted and Varsity led 5—0. The next score came from the boot of Bowling, the Mayne centre kicking a penalty goal, and when Evans landed a penalty for University the students led 8—3. McCALLLUM AND MANNING. It was McCallum who sent Manning In for the next try, Manning fending off full back Mlddleton to score in a good position. Evans converted and Varsity led by 13 points to 3. Power went close to scoring for Mayne when he Intercepted, but although he beat full-back Batstone, Wensley brought the Mayne man down from behind. Wensley scored his second try when he beat the defence badly and Evans converted to give University the lead by 18 points to 3. Just on half time Bowling kicked a penalty goal for Mayne, and the scores at the adjournment were:— Half-time score: University 18, Mayne 6. An Improved Mayne defence kept the acorn down In tho early stages of the second half, and It was Mayne who opened the scoring In this period, when Bowling tended a penalty goal. Varsity 18, Mayne 9. Rowcllffe made the scores a little closer when he dropped a field goal and Varsity's margin was reduced to six, the scores being18—12. Evans pushed Varsity further ahead when he kicked a penalty goal making the score 21—12. Hockings then scored a neat individual try for Mayne and Bowling converted to make Mayne's tally 17. Manning scored Varsity's next try and Evans scored again and converted his own try. FINAL SCORE. University 29 Mayne.17 Best players for University were Wensley, Evans and Elliott; and for Mayne, Bell, Carby and Jones. [47]
Team To Meet All Schools XV. The University Rugby Union team to meet All Schools in the annual match, at the Exhibition Ground on Wednesday, is:— Full back, C. McCallum; three quarters. V. M. Nicholson (captain), R. Baiter, W. N. Wensley, T. Thomas; five eighth, C. Manning; half back, E. Fains; forwards, W. Taylor, C. Bryson, R. Elliott, J. Tully, L. isles, J. Hynes, A. O'Driscoll, J. Sullivan; reserves, J. Wilks, R. Salisbury, G. Mildake, V. Martin. [48]

1939 – University

Four Teams For University: C. McCallum elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the University Rugby Union Club. [49]
University Rugby Union Officials At the annual meeting of the Queensland University Rugby Union Club this week Mr. H. F. McGrath, who resigned from the position of secretary after about eight years' service, was unanimously elected president of the club. Mr, C. McCallum was appointed secretary, and the delegates to the Queensland Rugby Union are Messrs. J. Clark, N. Wensley, and R. Elliott. The meeting was well attended, and the atmosphere of enthusiasm indicated an active season for the club, which will be coached by a former captain, the ex-international, J. Clark. The players are now undergoing a thorough course of training for the opening of the- season on April 2. [50]
No Further Action: C. McCallum appointed as one of three B grade selectors for the University Rugby Union Club. [51]

Research Notes

A media search continues to show a Col McCallum playing for Eagle Junction in the forwards as a key lineout specialist and state representative player. However our Col was not discharged from the Citizens Airforce until October 1945 so this is unlikely him.[52]

Following the war, a Col is selected in the forwards for the Brisbane B side to play Downlands in a curtain raiser to Queensland v Queensland Rest game 11 Aug 1945. The main game was a trial to select a side to meet a NSW team at the Exhibition Ground on 18 Aug 1945. [53]
BRISBANE DEFEATS DOWNLANDS 23-6. In the curtain-raiser to the interstate Rugby Union match, Brisbane B graders surprised with a decisive 23-6 win against Downlands (Toowoomba). Brisbane scored 5 tries to 2. SCORERS.— Brisbane 23 (C. McCallum, W. Doolan, V. Donovan, J. McFadden, N. Knowlman, tries, D. Given 4 conversion goals) ; Downslands 6 (W. Carr, K. Noye tries). [54]


  1. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser 30 Mar 1927, P4,
  2. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1929
  3. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1930
  4. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1931
  5. The Telegraph, 27 Aug 1931, P2,
  6. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1931
  7. 7.0 7.1 NAA: A13859, 425956 accessed 9 August 2022
  8. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1932
  9. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1932
  10. The Telegraph, 8 Oct 1932, P5
  11. The Telegraph, 29 Oct 1932 P3
  12. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1933
  13. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1933
  14. The Telegraph 24 Aug 1933, P2
  15. The Brisbane Courier 25 Aug 1933 P14
  16. Sunday Mail 27 Aug 1933, P11
  17. The Telegraph 22 Sep 1933 P25
  18. Annual Magazine Brisbane State High School, December 1933
  19. The Telegraph 15 Jul 1933, P2
  20. The Telegraph 6 May 1933, P4
  21. The Telegraph 12 May 1933, P18
  22. Sunday Mail 30 July 1933, P10
  23. The Telegraph 4 Aug 1933, P26
  24. The Courier-Mail 5 Nov 1934, P8
  25. The Telegraph 20 Jul 1934, P32
  26. The Telegraph 21 Jul 1934, P4
  27. The Courier-Mail 30 Jul 1934, P7
  28. Sunday Mail 26 Aug 1934, P13
  29. The Telegraph 13 April 1935, P4
  30. The Courier-Mail 12 Aug 1935, P7
  31. The Telegraph 12 Oct 1935, P5
  32. The Courier-Mail 2 Dec 1935, P6
  33. The Courier-Mail 8 Oct 1936, P10
  34. The Courier-Mail 12 Oct 1936, P8
  35. The Telegraph 23 Apr 1937, P16
  36. The Telegraph 19 May 1937, P3
  37. The Courier-Mail 1 Jun 1937, P7
  38. The Courier-Mail 3 Jun 1937, P9
  39. The Telegraph 3 Aug 1937, P22
  40. The Telegraph 4 August 1937, P17
  41. The Herald 3 Jun 1937, P48 03 Jun 1937 - VARSITY TEAM FOR BIG RUGBY - Trove (
  42. The Age 7 Jun 1937, P19 07 Jun 1937 - RUGBY. - Trove (
  44. The Courier-Mail 19 March 1938, P12
  45. The Telegraph, Fri 17 Jun 1938. p. 20.
  46. The Telegraph 18 Jun 1938, P4
  47. The Telegraph 16 July 1938, P4
  48. The Courier Mail 1 Aug 1938, P16
  49. The Courier-Mail 16 Mar 1939, P10
  50. The Courier-Mail, Sat 19 Mar 1938. p. 12.
  51. The Courier-Mail 4 Apr 1939, P16
  52. From email of Bruce McCallum following visit to Amberley RAAF base 27/4/2015
  53. Sunday Mail, Sun 5 Aug 1945. p. 7.
  54. Sunday Mail, Sun 19 Aug 1945. p. 9.


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