Terry Lew Fatt

Terry Lew Fatt
Hall of fame

Terry Lew Fatt

Player and Coach

St Mary’s legend Terry Lew Fatt began his Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) career as a 15-year-old in 1952, and became a member of his club's first senior premiership in 1954/55 and continued playing until 1968/69 – an amazing 17-year playing career. 

The eldest of 10 children and evacuated after the bombing of Darwin, Lew Fatt became a legend of the NTFL as a player and coach starting in an era where there were no underage or reserves competitions.

By his retirement, Lew Fatt had played in seven premierships, including five as captain or captain/coach and in total was captain and or coach for seven seasons. In 1961/62 he coached both League and Reserves to the premiership, in addition to winning the Premier League Leading Goalkicker award with 33 goals from the then 15-game minor rounds. 

Lew Fatt won three best and fairest Ludwig Medals with St Mary's, in addition to retrospectively receiving the NTFL Nichols Medal in 1958/59 after he tied but then lost on the-then countback system. In an outstanding family record, his father won the pre-war League equivalent of the Best and Fairest Nichols Medal in addition to three Nichols Medal-winning brothers; Terry as well as Bennie, Gympie and Dennis.

On three occasions Lew Fatt coached the NTFL Representative side against interstate clubs, twice against South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club North Adelaide (1966) and then the Victorian Football League All Stars (1967), the latter team including AFL such as Ron Barassi.

Lew Fatt was awarded St Mary’s Club Life Membership in 1961 and AFLNT Player Life Membership in 1986.

In addition to his many Australian Football achievements, Lew Fatt along with his brothers was outstanding in Northern Territory basketball, soccer, baseball and tennis – a remarkable all-round Territory sportsman.

He joins his father Walter and brothers Bennie and Gympie as Hall of Fame inductees.


Clubs played for
St Mary's
AFLNT Player Life Membership 1986
St Mary's Life Membership 1961
Ludwig Medal 1958/59, 1961/62 and 1962/63