Lionel Rose collection no. 1
The Lionel Rose Collection relates to the boxing career of Lionel Rose, and consists of a single pair of cream and gold coloured silk Rider boxing trunks once belonging to the famous Aboriginal boxer.
A pair of cream coloured 'silk' boxer shorts with a gold coloured waistband and side bands. The shorts show green and cream top stitching with a monogram "LR"surrounded by an outline of Australia in dark green stitching. "A / RIDER / PRODUCTION / RAYON" is shown on the label inside the centre back of the shorts.
Lionel Rose is perhaps best recognised as the first Aboriginal person to become a boxing world champion after he defeated Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada in Tokyo in 1968. However Lionel Rose is also recognised as being the first Aboriginal to become the Australian of the Year in 1968. Awarded with the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to sport, Rose proved his ability to rise from the obscurity of an impoverished and remote Aboriginal settlement to World Bantamweight Champion and is regarded as an Aboriginal sporting hero.
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