An RSL Club, and a raffle is taking place. Players from the La Perouse Panthers have gathered for the team’s fundraiser. Bruce 'Lapa’ Stewart, community elder and former La Perouse player, speaks into a microphone. Bruce talks to camera about his days of playing football. Photographs show the Lapa team in the 1930s as an all-Black team. Historical footage of tin huts on the beach, or the mission. Voice-over narration speaks of the common bond of poverty during the Depression. Bruce tells how the community became truly multicultural. Footage of La Perouse versus Mascot. A grade coach Chris ‘Offo’ Sait talks to his players.
Summary by Romaine Moreton
A well documented transformation of the La Perouse Aboriginal community into a multicultural community.
A documentary that uses historical photographs to talk about the history of rugby league in the Sydney suburb of La Perouse, and how football has helped build a community that prides itself on being open to people of all cultures.
An interesting look at how sport – specifically rugby league – became the vehicle through which racism, poverty and dispossession was confronted by people from all cultures and backgrounds. Historically an Indigenous community, La Perouse became a multicultural community during the Depression, bringing cultures into close proximity with each other. It is worth noting that common needs and objectives unify folk and overcomes difference.
Notes by Romaine Moreton