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(1927 – 2011)

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This is an online obituary dedicated to Keith Holman. Keith Victor Holman MBE was an Australian rugby league footballer, a national and state representative Halfback whose club career was played with the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1949 to 1961. He has since been named as one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. After retiring as player, Keith Holman was coach of Wests and later became one of the game's top-level referees.
Keith Holman had an impoverished childhood during the Great Depression. In his earliest years he was raised in a shanty at Yarra Bay in Sydney by a man named Holman who may have been his father. He was taken in by a local family named Schofield who enabled him to be schooled
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by the De La Salle Brothers at Surry Hills. There he met and befriended Bernie Purcell whom he would later play against and alongside in state and Kangaroo touring sides.
Toward the end of the Second World War Keith Holman joined the RAAF as a Leading Aircraftman. He was a chef with 82 Wing, 23 Squadron and was posted to bases in Ipswich, Queensland and later after the Japanese surrender, at Morakai and Balikpapan in Borneo. The Squadron flew B-24 Liberators in a transport role, flying ex-Prisoners of War and other Australian personnel back to Australia.
After the war he trialled for a contract with South Sydney but was turned away due to his small stature. An approach to Manly was also unsuccessful so
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he headed to Dubbo and befriended former Wests Five-eighth Eric Bennett. With Bennett's help, he landed a contract with the Magpies in 1948 and quickly rose through the ranks, playing with the Magpies until 1961.
In thirteen seasons at Wests he never played in a premiership-winning team at club level. He missed Wests' premiership victory in 1952 because he was selected for that year's Kangaroo tour. He was captain-coach at Wests for seasons 1954 and 1955.
Keith Holman started his representative career with selection for New South Wales in 1950 and continued to represent the Blues until 1955.
Also in 1950, Keith Holman made his test debut for Australia, figuring prominently in Australia's first Ashes
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conquest in 30 years. He made both the 1952 Kangaroo tour (5 Tests and 5 tour matches) and the 1956–57 tour (all 6 Tests plus 11 tour matches). Keith Holman was the Australian selectors preferred halfback choice and regular in Test sides and World Cup squads from 1950 to 1958. By the end of his representative career he had amassed the then record of 32 Tests and a then record of 14 Anglo-Australian international appearances, beating Clive Churchill and Sandy Pearce. He made 12 Test appearances against France and 6 appearances against New Zealand. He was name New South Wales Player of the Year three times – 1951, 1956 and 1958.
When his playing days were over he turned to refereeing. Keith Holman
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controlled the 1971 Grand Final and went on to referee the Tests of New Zealand's tour of Australia in 1972. He was consistent first grade referee in 155 games from 1965 till 1974.
He coached a Port Kembla side in 1975 and 1976 and then Western Suburbs in the NSWRFL. His final year active year in rugby league was 1977 when he coached his beloved Wests to victory in the 1977 Amco Cup.
He had the rare honour of being made a life member of Western Suburbs while still playing. He was selected in the Wests Tigers Team of the Century and the Western Suburbs Magpies Team of the Century. In 2003 he was admitted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.
In 2007 Keith Holman was selected by a panel of
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experts at halfback in an Australian 'Team of the 50s'.
In February 2008, Keith Holman was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. Also in 2008 the Western Suburbs Magpies celebrated their centenary by inducting six inaugural members into the club's Hall of Fame. These six included Keith Holman.
On the 11th of October 2011 Keith Holman passed away. This is an online memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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Keith Holman

This is an online obituary dedicated to Keith Holman. Keith Victor Holman MBE was an Australian rugby league footballer, a national and state representative Halfback whose club career was played with the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1949 to 1961. He has since been named as one of the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century. After retiring as player, Keith Holman was coach of Wests and later became one of the game's top-level referees.
Keith Holman had an impoverished childhood during the Great Depression. In his earliest years he was raised in a shanty at Yarra Bay in Sydney by a man named Holman who may have been his father. He was taken in by a local family named Schofield who enabled him to be schooled...

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