Rugby League – Regional/County – Australia

The Vic Armbruster collection in the National Museum of Australia comprises a 1922 NSW Rugby league cap, a 1924 Queensland Rugby League cap, and a 1924 Australian Rugby League Cap.

Louis Victor Armbruster, known throughout his career as “Vic”, played Rugby League for both NSW and QLD, and was a member of the legendary Toowoomba Clydesdales, as well as representing Australia internationally. Caps were issued to rugby league players as part of their off-field uniform, and were worn on official occasions. The cap was a legacy of an established tradition in rugby union, and was only given to players of representative sides. They featured as a prominent part of representative football uniform up until the late 1930s.