Rowley Hill was a talented all-round athlete who helped Norwood win back-to-back premierships and represented South Australia at cricket and lacrosse.
He was barely 16 when 'Goalpost' in The South Australian Register rated him one of the best forwards of the 1884 season because of his good marking, straight kicking and dazzling runs.
Born at Parkside on 18 October 1868 to James Hill and his wife Helen, née Farrar, Rowley was educated at the school of Mr John L. Young and Prince Alfred College before spending two years at Roseworthy Agricultural College. He relinquished the idea of taking up farming and entered the business of his father, in time becoming the managing director of the limited company James Hill and Sons, merchant engineers and warehousemen.
Rowley played for the Norwood Cricket Club under the captaincy of George Giffen, his old football team-mate, and later skippered the Adelaide Cricket Club. He kept wickets in his one first-class match, against Victoria in the 1893-94 season. He was a foundation member of the Iroquois Lacrosse Club. In later years he played golf at Glenelg and Seaton.
Rowland Hill died at Glenelg on 10 January 1929. His widow was a daughter of the late Mr J. M. Stuart KC, a former Crown Solicitor. There were no children
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