William John (Nipper) Truscott

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William John (Nipper) Truscott

Birthplace: Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 20, 1966 (79)
Bayswater, Western Australia, Australia
Place of Burial: Palmyra, Western Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of William John Truscott and Susannah Truscott
Husband of Alice Stenlake Truscott
Father of William Sydney Truscott; Maude Edna Stammers; Elsie Alice Munro; Jessie Laura Robinson and Eva Mary Williamson
Brother of James Henry Truscott; Eliza Jane Evans; Mary Ellen Maddern and Laura Truscott

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About William John (Nipper) Truscott

William John Truscott (1886-1966), footballer, was born on 9 October 1886 at Lithgow, New South Wales, third son of William John Truscott, a miner from Cornwall, and his native-born wife Susanna(h), née Strickland. In 1899 Mrs Truscott took the children to join their father at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Young William left school at 14. Nicknamed 'Nipper' as a boy for his quickness in Rugby Union, at Kalgoorlie he played top-grade Australian Rules football with Mines Rovers (one hundred games from 1906) and worked as a postman.

On 22 May 1912 at the Wesleyan Church, Kalgoorlie, Truscott married Alice Stenlake Huxham; they moved to Perth that year where he became a postmaster. He was with East Fremantle Football Club from 1913 until 1927, enjoying success as player, captain and captain-coach, and making five carnival appearances (1908, 1911, 1914, 1921 and 1924). He was only 5 ft 9 ins (175 cm) tall and weighed 10 st. 5 lb. (66 kg), but made up for his slight physique by pace and cleverness. Truscott's anticipation ensured Western Australia's first carnival victory against Victoria in 1921: as the Victorian forward Dick Lee prepared a placekick at goal that would have put his side ahead, Truscott sensed his change of tactics, intercepted his attempted handpass and effected a clearance as the siren sounded. In 404 games for Mines Rovers, East Fremantle and Western Australia, 'Nipper' was renowned for his ability to read the play, for the accuracy of his passing, for his astute leadership and for his fairness; a top centreman who could play in most other positions, he won numerous medals and best-player awards. Vice-captain (1913-15) and captain (1916-22) of East Fremantle, he played in three premiership teams and in seven that were runners-up. Truscott was the first Australian Rules footballer to play in five Australian championships. He later acted as coach, club and State selector, club secretary and delegate.

He practised twice a week and played sport every Saturday, cricket in summer, football in winter. As a wicket-keeper and batsman, he was in the State side that met W. M. Woodfull's Australian XI on its way to England in 1930. Truscott was also a superb leg spinner, but preferred to be behind the stumps. In retirement he became a first-division lawn bowls player, a winner of several club championships and a member of premiership sides. Partnered by Harry Snook, he won an Australian pairs bowls title in 1955.

Truscott was, as well, captain of the East Fremantle Volunteer Fire Brigade and a member of the East Fremantle Town Council. He was a Freemason. Survived by five daughters and two sons, he died at Bayswater, Perth, on 20 June 1966 and was cremated. One of the first sportsmen nominated for the Western Australian Institute's Hall of Fame in August 1985, in the following December he was listed in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Australian Dictionary of Biography


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William John (Nipper) Truscott's Timeline

October 9, 1886
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
April 6, 1913
North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
July 19, 1920
June 20, 1966
Age 79
Bayswater, Western Australia, Australia
Fremantle Cemetery, Palmyra, Western Australia, Australia