Redfern All Blacks
|Full name||Redfern All Blacks Rugby League Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||RABs, All Blacks|
|Competition||Sydney Combined Competition, South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League|
The Redfern All Blacks, based in Redfern, New South Wales, is the oldest Aboriginal rugby league club in Australia. The club was officially founded by a group of non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people in 1944, but some accounts suggest the team goes back to around the time of the Great Depression.
The club, often referred to as RABs or Redfern, was named after their black guernseys, part of the uniform provided by the South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League in their first playing season.
At the time the club was formed, Aboriginal Australians were denied rights afforded to other Australians. Socially, culturally and politically, the club was important to many Indigenous Australias in Redfern at the time, and the club today is central to the history of Aboriginal Redfern.
Notable team members
- Michael Mundine. CEO of the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Company
- Tony Mundine
- Wes Patten
- Gorden Tallis
- Darrell Trindall
- Andrew Dunemann
- Bobby McLeod
- Dean Widders A-Grade captain/coach—2013
Koori Knockout 2015 Champion Team included
- Reece Robinson
- Travis Robinson
- Nathan Merritt
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Jonathan Wright (rugby league)
- Eli Roberts
- Mervyn "Boomanulla" Williams. Mr Williams was the father of Matilda House. He was one of the founding members of the Redfern All Blacks Rugby League Team. "Boomanulla" means "speed and lightning" in Aboriginal language. The Boomanulla Oval in Narrabundah, ACT is named after Mr Williams.
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