John Beaton (1914–1996) was an Australian rugby league player, a national representative of the 1930s whose club career was played with Sydney's Eastern Suburbs club. He has been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.
Originally from Yass, New South Wales, Beaton moved to Sydney where he attended St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, enjoying a successful schoolboy rugby union career. Beaton took up a role as captain with a country side in Lismore, New South Wales, before moving back to Sydney the following season to join up with the Eastern Suburbs club.
Beaton, who was better known as a fullback or centre was an extremely versatile player who could play anywhere in the backline. From his debut with club in 1934 till his retirement at the end of the 1937 season Easts lost just 4 matches. He played in some of the Tricolours greatest teams during his brief career, winning 3 premierships with the club and was runner-up in his only other year. Beaton retired at just 24 years of age to take up a business opportunity.
He was first selected for New South Wales in 1934 and made 13 appearances up til his retirement in 1937.