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Wallaby Bob McMaster

Name: Wallaby Bob McMaster
Height: 5' 11"
Born: January 15, 1921
From: Rockhamption, QLD, Aus
Trained by: Sam Burmister
Debut: 1949
Died: August 1, 2003 (Heart attack)

Played 7 Rugby Union Tests for Australia in 1946-47 (hence the “Wallaby” nickname), as well as playing Rugby League in England from 1948-52. Became a pro wrestler in 1949.

Debuted in Australia in 1953, defeating Baron von Heczey on debut. In 1955, was moved up to main events in his native Brisbane, being matched with Chief Little Wolf.

Led a dual career as a wrestler/referee for Gardiner Promotions. Toured South Africa in 1956. Became a fulltime referee in World Championship Wrestling, becoming a fixture in Brisbane shows. Bought a pub at Mudgereeba (The Wallaby Hotel), on the Gold Coast, which featured photos from Bob's sporting careers. Sold the pub and retired to Tallai (a few kilometres outside Mudgereeba) in 1979. Was father of Australian comedian, impressionist, and former Rugby League player, Danny McMaster.

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