Looking back: Carla Davidson and daughter Jill contemplate champion boxer Ron Richard’s (inset) achievements ahead of next month’s ceremony at the Purga Mission site.
Looking back: Carla Davidson and daughter Jill contemplate champion boxer Ron Richard’s (inset) achievements ahead of next month’s ceremony at the Purga Mission site. Claudia Baxter

Boxing great honoured at home

HE holds a special place in Australian boxing folklore and now Ron Richards is set to be honoured on his home turf.

A public ceremony to unveil a new memorial plaque to honour Mr Richards will be held at the Purga Aboriginal Mission site at 587 Ipswich-Boonah Road on Saturday, May 8 at 10am.

The event is part of the Purga On Show day designed to showcase the history of the Purga Mission.

As well as honouring Mr Richards, the day will feature food and entertainment.

Born Ronald Richards at Ipswich on May 8, 1910, Ron Richards learnt his craft in the fighting tents and he was renowned for his speed, toughness and counterpunching.

His fight career spanned 140 bouts from 1928-1945 and he notched up more than 100 victories and claimed numerous titles including the British Empire middleweight crown and the Australian middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight titles.

“Since announcing the event we have been overwhelmed with enquires from all over Australia, particularly from Sydney where Ron spent a large part of his life,” Mr Davidson said.

“Uncle Ron was a resident of Purga Mission and was a source of pride and inspiration to not only his family and friends on the mission but to Aboriginals across Australia.”

During the ceremony, Ron Richards’ great niece, Jill Davidson, will unveil a memorial plaque.



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