Norman McDonald

An important contribution to Aboriginal inclusion in the AFL

1925 - 2002

Uncle Norm McDonald, better known as ‘Macca’ to his family and friends, contributed in a number of ways both on and off the football field. As well as being a spectacular AFL player, Norm was a talented boxer and a professional sprinter. Norm was nicknamed by fans as 'the black bullet’ due to his blazing speed.

Norm, a Gunditjmara man, was born in 1925 and was a proud father, husband and grandfather. Norm grew up on Lake Condah Mission before his mother passed away from tuberculosis, after which he was placed in the boy’s orphanage, Geelong Protestant Orphanage, with many of his cousins. This was a time that Norm never talked about.


Norm is remembered by his family as a down to earth larrikin who loved a good laugh, and for his passion for sport.