Jack Cockburn
Personal information
Date of birth 26 December 1911
Date of death 21 September 1990(1990-09-21) (aged 78)
Original team(s) Blyth
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Half-back line
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1934–43, 1946–47 South Adelaide 151 (52)
1942–43 South Adelaide-Sturt 016 0(7)
1943–44 Essendon 010 0(2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
Career highlights
  • Magarey Medal: 1935
  • SANFL Hall of Fame: 2003
  • South Adelaide's 'Team of the Century'
  • South Adelaide's Best & Fairest: 1935, 1941
  • Fryar Medal: 1929, 1930 & 1932
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jack Cockburn (26 December 1911 - 21 September 1990)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and for South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Cockburn started his SANFL career with South Adelaide in 1934, having previously played for Blyth as a teenager and young man in the Stanley Football Association, where he won the A. E. Fryar Medal a record three times.[2] He was a member of South Adelaide premiership teams in 1935 and 1938. The 1935 season also saw him win a Magarey Medal for the league's best and fairest player. By the time he retired in 1947 he had played 167 SANFL games and represented South Australia seven times at interstate football.[3] He is a half back flanker in South Adelaide's official 'Team of the Century' and was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.[3]

During World War II he was stationed in Melbourne and in 1943 was signed up by Essendon. He played in Essendon's five point Grand Final loss to Richmond that year. After playing for Essendon again in 1944 he transferred to Williamstown in the VFA and was ruck-rover in the 1945 premiership side, playing 15 games and kicking 8 goals in his sole season with the Seagulls. Cockburn returned to South Australia in 1946.

Cockburn's daughter, Bronte Cockburn, played basketball for Australia women's national basketball team at the 1957 World Championship held in Brazil.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Past Player Profiles - C (Cockburn, Jack)". essendonfc.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ Jack Cockburn Wins Fryar Medal for the Third Time. Trove: The Northern Argus (19 August 1932, page 5). Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  3. ^ a b Jack Cockburn. SA Football Hall of Fame. SANFL. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ Sport Runs in the Family. Trove: The Adelaide Advertiser (8 August 1952, p. 3). Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  5. ^ FIBA Archive. 1957 World Championship for Women. Australia. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  6. ^ Basketball Australia. Opals History. Retrieved 2016-02-05.