The death has occurred in Brisbane of Sir James Jacobi, 83, a key figure in the development of rugby league in PNG. He was President of the PNG rugby league for more than 25 years and a member of the international rugby league board.
He was born in Maryborough, Queensland
Jim was also probably the best known general
practitioner in Port Moresby
He also was the first rugby league official to be knighted (by the PNG Government in 1991) for his service to rugby league after earlier being awarded the OBE.
He was the first president of the PNG rugby league in 1964 and during his time in this role rugby league prospered and PNG became the only nation in the world to regard it as its national sport.
Jim moved to Brisbane
Off the Wall by Jeff Wall, 22 June 2009, and other sources
Source: Off the Wall by Jeff Wall, 22 June 2009, and other sources