Lake Macquarie History

Ballad Of Bobby Whitelaw - lyrics

Raised in the town of Minmi

When times were hard and tough

He never had much schoolin'

Yet they said it was enough

To gain a job in the old 'Duck Mine'

Spraggin' underground

His name was Bobby Whitelaw

Now he's a legend from our town

As young Bobby grew to be a man

His sporting prowess showed

As a brilliant soccer player

And foot runner we are told

But in the hempen square

where they separate boys out from the men

That's where he rose up to become

A world class Champion


So Bobby Whitelaw we salute you

You were a fighter game and fast

Bobby Whitelaw, we salute you

A great fighter from our past

In them battling days through city and bush

There were many great fighters around

'Especially young Les Darcy

Who hailed from Maitland Town

Darcy had beaten many men

That he fought with in the past

Some reckoned that he'd KO

Bobby White Law hard and fast

The 'Old Vic' theatre was packed that night

When Darcy and Whitelaw met

The Maitland camp were eager

On Darcy to place their bet

That fight gruelled on for twenty hard rounds

But Whitelaw proved to be king

Retaining his welterweight title

Against Darcy in the Northern ring


So Bobby Whitelaw we salute you

You were a fighter game and fast

Bobby Whitelaw we salute you

A great sportsman from our past

Now if ever you're in Minmi

Or Perhaps just passin' through

Call into their Local

And enjoy a cool beer or two

For there you can hear the story's

From them old time Mining men

'Bout the days when Bobby Whitelaw

Was Australia's Welterweight Champion

(c) Bob Skelton 1986

Glossary of terms

Old Vic - Newcastle's Victoria Theatre

Spragin' - Choking the wheels on the Coal Skips

Hempin Square - Boxing Ring

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