How the Redfern All Blacks Got Their Name (It’s Not What You Think)

Sol Bellear is a long time Redfern All Blacks player. He started with the team in 1967 and put on an All Blacks jersey for the first 20 years of the NSW Aboriginal Knock Out that began in 1971.

There aren’t many titles that Sol hasn’t held in his history with the Redfern All Blacks. He was a front and second rower, coached the team and held the position of President of the All Blacks for some 15 years. He no longer kicks around on the footy field but counts himself as a strong supporter of the club.

Away from the footy field Sol is the long serving Chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service located in Redfern. He shares with Emma Lancaster how the Redfern All Blacks got their name – and it’s not what you think.

#1428 The Hardest Thing

“The hard work we do here replicates the discipline and the routine we carry out throughout the day the weeks the months and years. If this is the hardest thing you do today, well, you’re going to have a good day.”

Redfern is home to the oldest indigenous sports club in Australia. The Redfern All Blacks have been kicking around on the paddock for over 70 years. To the residents of Redfern, the All Blacks are more than just a footy club – they’re the heart of the community.

This week on All the Best, Emma Lancaster follows the Redfern All Blacks in the lead up to the 2013 Knockout Carnival.

The piece was produced in conjunction with French journalist and photographer Pauline Muyl, who provided additional sound and the photo essay over at our blog.

Music credits

Melodic Warrior – by Mistress Magpie
#Whatupfam – by Jimblah featuring Georgia B
Heart And Soul – by Jim Blah

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pauline Muyl