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Artie Beetson, Michael Long and Cathy Freeman, the Indigenous stars of yesteryear

Charles Samuels

Before the first Summer Olympics had even been run and won, there was a Kamilaroi man who was captivating crowds in Australia with his speed and building a reputation as one of the world’s fastest men. Born in southern Queensland to parents from northern NSW, Charles Samuels worked as a stockhand on Jimbour station but had a natural talent for running that would see him compete in professional circuits across south-east Queensland and Sydney. In 1888, he set an Australian record when he ran 134 yards in 12.5 seconds in Botany. Standing at 170 cm tall, the Referee sporting newspaper once described him as a specimen built to run, with “tremendous hips and thighs, and a long tapering calf”, an agreeable personality and a “beautiful action” which was the “secret of his pace”. The same newspaper also begrudgingly (because of his race) acknowledged him as the…

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