Pompey Austin: an Australian sporting hero deserving of recognition

Roy Hay has written this for The Guardian on Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin, who, amongst many claims to fame, “was almost certainly the only Indigenous player to play in a top-level football match in the 19th century”.


“Equally worthy of recognition, though a very different kind of hero, is … Albert “Pompey” Austin, who in his brief life was a footballer, cricketer, athlete, racehorse owner, horse thief, artist, explorer, savant, entertainer and musician, and a thorn in the side of those who wished to confine him and the few survivors of his generation to remote ghettos on the fringe of the colony.”


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