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 Photo Album


Stolen Generation – Dharawal Language – Aboriginal Protection Board – Aboriginal Welfare Board – Bomaderry Aboriginal Children’s Home – Artefacts – Timbery – Unions – La Perouse – Mission – Barbara Lonesborough – Dixon – Roseby Park – Orient Point – Oyster Industry – Fishing – Sawmill – Labor Party – Racism – Picking Peas – Blankets – Roy Bell Boxing – Eurobodalla Shire Council – Land Rights – 1967 Referendum – Djiriba Waagura – Matthew Simms

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

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Sonny’s interview Part 1

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