Category Archives: Aborigines sport

ALFRED ‘TINY’ RYAN : THE BOXING SOLDIER

Bogan River Tribe 1898 from the family album of Charles Jepson Morris, courtesy of grandson Bert Morris. Collection of the Local History Room, Narromine Library.        Alfred Ryan is the small boy seated on a log. Sometime after 1917 the remains … Continue reading

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FOUND: PHOTOGRAPH OF FREDERICK PRENTICE 1915

  More research and a confluence of information has made it possible to identify a photograph of an Aboriginal World War One soldier in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. This until recently was captioned ‘unknown’ but is now … Continue reading

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A LIFE CUT SHORT: LESTER ‘MICK’ FELL – JOCKEY AND SOLDIER.

  Lester Oliver Fell at J.E. Pike’s stable gate. Courtesy Colin Stuart  Another jockey whose Aboriginal heritage, like that of Percy Kennedy, has to date been unrecognised, is Lester ‘Mick’ Fell. Lester Fell’s family had their Aboriginal roots at Merrigal … Continue reading

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PERCY KENNEDY ABORIGINAL JOCKEY : RACING IDENTITY AND FINE HORSEMAN

John Maynard’s  Aboriginal Stars of the Turf is described as celebrating ‘the significant and exciting Aboriginal involvement in Australian racing history. Amongst the many Aboriginal jockeys highlighted in the book are Merv Maynard, Norm Rose, Frank Reys, Richard Lawrence ‘Darby’ … Continue reading

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