Sonny (Henry) Simms

Sonny Simms was elected to ATSIC and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, where he has been a strong advocate for culture and human rights. He was an excellent rugby league player and bantamweight boxer who worked in Roy Bell’s travelling boxing troupe. Sonny is now involved in sharing culture with younger people.

Interviews with Sonny’s mother and other relatives can be found here.

Sonny Simms – Elder and Cultural Mentor

A La Perouse Family

Arnold Bell and his life as a travelling showman – ABC News

Listen to Sonny’s Interview

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Sonny’s audio interview can be downloaded here: Part One and Part Two.

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Sonny’s interview transcript Part 1

Sonny’s interview transcript Part 2


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Sonny’s Photo Album