|DOB||16th Jan 1912|
|Debut||1936: Round 4 vs South Sydney|
Joe Gartner was the first of the Gartner family to play for Canterbury.
The father of Ray Gartner and the uncle of Jim, Clive and Keith Gartner, Joe was also grandfather to Australian representative Russell (son of Jim) and Daniel (son of Clive).
Joe played 31 games for Newtown from 1931 to 1935 which included playing in the 1933 Premiership winning final.
Joining Canterbury in 1936, Joe played mainly on the wing but was just at home playing centre.
Joe played in the inaugural semi-final against Easts (Roosters) in 1936 and was a member of the 1938 Premiership winning team scoring two tries near full-time of the final to seal the win for Canterbury.
Joe also played in the winning City Cup team of 1939 but missed the finals in 1940.
Always a clubman, Joe played sporadically to assist the club and was also a lower grade coach.
Joe coached the reserve grade team in 1942, 1946 and 1948.
Joe Gartner passed away in 1999.
In 2004, Joe was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.