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Aboriginal jockeys have played a small but vital part in the Australian racing industry. As stockmen, their talent in the saddle and their intimate knowledge of their country, made them invaluable. Over time, some graduated from the stock route to the racecourse despite the quite rigid racial barriers in place. Maynard explores the history and evolution of Aboriginal involvement in racing. The Aboriginal jockeys highlighted in the book include Merv Maynard, Norm Rose, Frank Reys, Richard Lawrence 'Darby' McCarthy and Leigh-Anne Goodwin, Australia's first female Aboriginal jockey to ride a winner at a metropolitan track.
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Professor John Maynard is one of the most prolific and respected voices writing about Aboriginal history. He has won awards, is in demand as a speaker and as an advisor for television programs. He is Professor of Aboriginal Studies, Newcastle University, and currently an ARC research fellow. His most recent publication is The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe (Magabala) while his previous publications with Aboriginal Studies Press include popular Fight for Liberty and Freedom and he was also a contributor to Uncommon Ground.
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