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09-August-2019
09-August-2019

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The plaque commemorates Les Darcy who was born in Maitland and died in the United States of America. The plaque is located at the site of the former East Maitland Tyre Service where he served his apprenticeship.

James Leslie ("Les") Darcy (31 October 1895 – 24 May 1917) was an Australian boxer. He was a middleweight, but held the Australian Heavyweight Championship title at the same time. Born in the Maitland District in New South Wales, Les Darcy is widely considered to be the best boxer ever from Australia. Considered one of the greatest middleweights of all-time, Darcy proved his mettle in his native Australia. He started boxing as an amateur at age fifteen and quickly turned professional.

He won his first sixteen fights before challenging the veteran Bob Whitelaw for the Australian welterweight title. Darcy lost the twenty-round decision but, in a rematch, knocked Whitelaw out in five. Les had the misfortune to become embroiled in the politics of conscription during World War One, and left Australia for America to avoid the aggravation. There he collapsed on 27 April. He was admitted to hospital with septicaemia and endocarditis; his tonsils were removed but he developed pneumonia and died on 24 May 1917.

His body was brought back to Australia and, after immense funeral processions in San Francisco and Sydney, was buried in the Catholic section of East Maitland cemetery.  It is claimed that 700,000 were in his funeral procession.

 

 

Location

Address:61 Melbourne Street, Goodyear Autocare, East Maitland, 2323
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.745695
Long: 151.582991
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 20th November, 1956
Front Inscription

This Plaque Was Unveiled By
NAT FLEISCHER
(Editor 'Ring'  Magazine)
On 10th November 1956
On Behalf Of MAITLAND LIONS CLUB
In Memory Of The Immortal
       LES DARCY
Who Served His Apprenticeship
      On This Site

James Leslie Darcy
Born Woodville, N.S.W. 28-10-1895
Died Memphis. U.S.A. 24-5-1917
Buried East Maitland 1917

Source: MA,ADB
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