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Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Les Darcy
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A documentary exploring the short but spectacular career of Les Darcy, rated by many boxing critics as the best fighter Australia ever produced. The program also examines both the tarnishing of Darcy's reputation when his mother twice stopped him from joining the Australian Imperial Forces during World War I (leading to subsequent accusations of cowardice) and his unexpected death in the USA at age 21 from septicaemia (the result of an infected tooth).

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First known date: 1987
      1987 .
      Extent: 45 min.p.
      Series: y separately published work icon Michael Willesee's Australians Australians Trans Media Productions (publisher), Sydney : Trans Media Productions Film Australia Roadshow Coote and Carroll , 1987-1988 Z1587935 1987-1988 series - publisher biography

      A series of documentaries about Australians from all walks of life, the series was produced and hosted by former television current-affairs presenter Michael Willesee.

      Among the best-known people included in the series were infamous singer/dancer Lola Montez, actor Errol Flynn, athlete Betty Cuthbert, actress Lottie Lyell, radio personality Jack Davey, boxer Les Darcy, and Gallipoli hero Private John Simpson. The series also explored the lives of the Durkin family (Soldier Settlers), aviator Clyde Fenton, Sister Mary Mackillop, WWII nurse Vivian Bullwinkle, press baron John Norton, and General Henry Gordon Bennett, who fled Singapore in 1942, just prior to the island being invaded by the Japanese, leaving his army behind.

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