1233's Aaron Kearney looked into the latest efforts to raise funds to restore the grave and give the legendary boxer a worthy resting place. Les Darcy was a blacksmith before embarking on his boxing career. By Peter FitzSimons. Les Darcy was a national boxing champion at only 19, but left Australia in 1916 to escape controversy over the conscription debate. Legend of Les Darcy lives on 100 years after his death.
1233's Aaron Kearney checked in with Arnold Thomas from the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame on the latest efforts to turn the gravesite into a tourism and heritage drawcard.
Leaving Oakhampton Public School in 1907 Darcy worked as a carter before being apprenticed at 15 to a blacksmith at East Maitland. (used with permission ). Can Ashrun bring the Melbourne Cup home to the Hunter in 2020. An exhibition to mark 100 years since the passing of Maitland boxing legend Les Darcy is being planned for Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Kissing farewell to the love of his life, the winsome Winnie O’Sullivan – whose parents owned Paddington’s Lord Dudley Hotel – he stowed away on a ship moored off Stockton, Newcastle, and made his way to New York. And, yet, though initially hailed as a conquering hero, once the US entered the war, he was attacked as “a shirker”, and state after state refused to allow him to box there.
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When they finally put him beneath the sod in Maitland, one estimate said 750,000 were there. A campaign is underway to raise funds for a worthy resting place for boxer Les Darcy. Almost overnight he became a symbol of cowardice with white feathers arriving in the mail. The grieving Winnie then accompanied his body back across America and then on the ship the Sonoma across the Pacific Ocean to Sydney, where he arrived on the misty morning of Tuesday, June 26, 1917. If he joined he would receive an immediate officer’s commission and be given a job in charge of physical culture.
Winnie – torn between the desire to stay, go, weep, stay strong, and howl – whispered a little into Les’ ear, stroked his brow, said her goodbyes, and turned to go, as her love softly closed his eyes.
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There were many who claimed he died of a broken heart, one such case reported by W.F. That was how famous, how beloved Les Darcy was.
This is the great Australian fighter, who defeated all our own champions! He was drifting … just drifting … drifting … away.
His primary concern at the time was to earn enough prizemoney to pay for the house he had bought for his mother and family in Maitland, and then he would quietly join, while still refusing to promote recruitment. Les was gone. Darcy Lucas has died.
A: 13-15 Little Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 E: [email protected], LEGEND OF LES DARCY LIVES ON 100 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH – PETER FITZSIMONS – SMH. Our nation’s sporting heritage as many called Les, among the most famous and notorious. After getting updates on what everyone at home had been up to when she’d left, and what she’d heard since, Les asked Winnie to be sure to write to his mother to tell her that he was going to be OK. “Mum thinks I am going to die,” he weakly laughed, “but I’m not … ”.
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Please come at once.”, At Winnie’s first sight of Les in the hospital, she knew that her love was in serious trouble.
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