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Sir Douglas Nicholls
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Sir Douglas Nicholls
Sir Douglas Nicholls was born on December the 9th, 1906 and died in 1988 June the 4th. sir Douglas Nicholls grew up in Cumeroogunja mission in NSW. His mother worked as a domestic worker and his dad worked as a farm hand. Unemployment was a regular thing to find for aboriginals. At School a level of grade 3 standard and strict religious principles were taught. As a supplement to government rations, Douglas and the other mission children would collect tiger, brown snakes and copperhead snakes for sideshow producers, who would pay the children 1 shilling [which is 10 cents] .
Douglas was a great athlete and played Aussie rules football. During one match, a Carlton football talent scout encouraged Doug to shift to Melbourne and try out for the Victorian Football League or VFL to play for Carlton. Club officials allowed him to train but the players didn't want an Aboriginal playing on the team. He refused to play with these people. He left Carlton and joined Fitzroy. Players were given 10 to 15 shillings per game. In 1927 he played with a crowd of 9,000 people and was a huge success. The club paid him 2 pound ($4) bonus for the match. He played with the club for the club for 5 years and was a member of their 1929 premiership team. douglas was then forced to retire because of knee injury in 1939. In 1935 he was the first Aboriginal player to be selected to play for the Victorian Inter-state Team. Douglas was short man at the height of 5 ft 2 ins (158 cm), but he was lightning fast. He competed regularly in professional running races. Winning many heats and place prizes. In 1929 he won the Nyah and Warracknabeal gift, earning a sash and £100 in each, together with a case of cutlery in the in the Warracknabeal gifts. Using his speed on the wing for fizroy, he produced great spring and agility from his compact body. The Sporting Globe reported in 1929 that ‘he flashes through packs of big men, whisks around small men . . . and attempts marks at the back of any six-footers.
Douglas Nichols sporting career
Sir Douglas Nicholls is a great role model for indiginous kids that look up to him. Douglas' great grandson has followed on that legacy by becoming a professional football player. He is Nathan Lovet-Murray
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