Lionel Rose

Lionel Rose is best known for beating Japan's Fighting Harada for the world's bantamweight title on 26 February 1968, in Tokyo. In 1968 he was the first Aboriginal to be awarded Australian Of The Year.

Rose also had a little pop career, releasing I Thank You and Please Remember Me in 1970.

This photo was taken at a hotel room porch at 2am in Richmond, surrounded by his family, mates and folk who recently made and released a doco about his life called Lionel.