Elgar Harrison

Elgar Harrison was born in Cherbourg and is from the Gungalu people. His dad worked for the Railway and his family moved around a lot which didn't deter or prevent Elgar from having a wonderful sporting career - both early and later in life.

Elgar's sporting career began when he attended Christian Brothers College in Gympie where he played rugby league for the college and A Grade for Mary Valley, and was coached by Elgar Harrison Snr - his dad. His career blossomed and in 1967 he played for the Barambah Magpies in Murgon from where he represented the South Burnett region.

From 1974 - 75 Elgar was selected in the South East Queensland Indigenous side to play at the National Indigenous Rugby League Championship in Sydney where they took out the final against the Northern Territory. In 1980, Elgar captained the Cherbourg Hornets against Ipswich Souths as curtain raisers in the inaugural State of Origin (SoS) game at Lang Park. From 1980 - 83 Elgar was captain/coach of the Cherbourg Hornets taking out the A Grade final on many occasions and was also captain of the South Burnett Representative side which boasted players including Bunny Pearce, Harry Pickering and the Braithwaite brothers who all played for Queensland (pre SoS).

Retiring from rugby league in 1983, Elgar and his brother sought membership to the Murgon Golf Club. Initially, they were refused and contacted the Anti Discrimination Board who sent a letter to the Murgon Golf Club. Eventually, their membership was accepted. This signalled the beginning of the second significant sporting career for Elgar who won the Queensland State Golf Championships at Victoria Park Golf Club from 1985-86. He was also a member of the successful Mixed 4s taking out the title from 1986-88.

In 1989 Elgar was part of a Queensland Indigenous Team at the National Indigenous Golf Championships in Sydney where Queensland won overall. Elgar's passion and talent for golf then took him overseas as 20 players from the championships were selected in a National Indigenous Team to tour Hawaii. They visited and played on Molokai and Maui. Senator Uncle Neville Bonner was their manager/spokesperson. In 1997 - 98 Elgar took out a Pro-Am, HB.