Shadow boxing with public statuary: Memorialising Les Darcy and Dave Sands

When I was growing up my Aboriginal father would talk of Dave Sands as if he lived around the corner, that Elley Bennett was a dear old friend and Lionel Rose was best man at his wedding. None of these things were true but it spoke of an affection and pride that went beyond the sport of boxing and dug deep into a fighting spirit needed to empower First Nations people during a time of great struggle.

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