William ‘Billy’ Bede HAYES

William “Billy” Bede HAYES 1907
W B Hayes 1917, ‘The Queenslander’ newspaper (courtesy State Library Qld)

Born 1883 – Died Corinda, 1926 aged 43yrs leaving 5 children, the youngest 16 months.

Billy Hayes Obituary

Played for Souths for 13 Seasons 1901-1913/14 to the outbreak of the war.

First Grade number 67.

Queensland First Class Representative Player

W B Hayes 1908 Qld Team

World War 1 – Served in Europe in the 4th Flying Squadron as a Flying Mechanic. His trade was a mechanic in civilian life.


Scored 683 runs and took 83 wickets in 1908/1909 Season for Souths.

Thomas Faunce and WB ‘Billy’ Hayes still hold the First Wicket Partnership Record for the club at 290 runs v Valleys in 1905/06

Williams statistics for Souths were:

Batting – 193 Inns, 11 n.o.s, HS 143, 4067 runs @ 22.34 (12th on the all time list of run scorers over 1000 runs for First Grade)

Bowling – 591 wickets, 8014 runs @ 13.56 (Leading wicket taker of all time for the club for first grade)

Played 17 First Class matches for Qld @ 618 runs @ 19.30 & 44 wickets @ 34.31

William was even written about in the newspaper – Billy the Allrounder.

Read about William and Tom Faunce’s Record score – Faunce Hayes record Score