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EnhanceTV :: Study Guides :: Lionel

There was a time when boxer Lionel Rose was the best-known Aboriginal Australian in the world. In 1968 Lionel beat Japan's Fighting Harada to become the youngest person ever to win a World Boxing title. When he returned victorious from Tokyo, there were so many people crowding the tarmac to welcome home their champion, the modest Rose thought the Beatles must have been on the plane with him! 250,000 people surged through the streets of Melbourne to celebrate his achievement. Lionel's story includes an amazing number of firsts: he was Australia's youngest and first Aboriginal boxer to win a world crown; he was the first Aborigine to be honoured as Australian of the Year; and the first Aborigine to be awarded an MBE.

Lionel's life is both an inspiring story and a cautionary tale. The film gives students the opportunity to examine the public characters we embrace and the heroes we turn to. Those select individuals enduring the glare of the national spotlight say something significant about our values and our culture. Looking at the world from which Lionel emerged also tells us a great deal about our recent history and the kinds of issues that continue to confront Indigenous Australians.

Lionel would work well in the context of middle to senior secondary studies in Indigenous issues, Australian Society and History. Given its central focus on a champion sportsman, the film should have wide appeal to students. It provides an excellent vehicle for engaging students in matters of importance to Australian culture beyond the boxing ring.

Learning Areas History, Indigenous Studies,
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