Trevor Christian 1942-2011

14 December, 2011

Trevor Christian 1942-2011

Wednesday, December 13, 2011

The Aboriginal community of New South Wales is this week mourning the loss of a true legend, following the sad passing of Trevor Christian OAM, Wiradjuri Warrior/Elder.

Chairman of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), Stephen Ryan, paid homage to a Wiradjuri icon who spent his life fighting, not only in the ring, but also for his people.

"The land rights network in this state has immensely close ties with the Christian family and my condolences and best wishes go out to them, especially the Christian boys, Grant and David.

"Many would be aware of Trevor's success in the boxing ring as an amateur, professional and finally as an official," Chairman Ryan said.

"Back in 64 Trevor took-off to Singapore to slug out a ten round draw with future Japanese and OPBF champion and WBA/WBC title challenger Hisao Minami.

"He would later famously state, "They called it a draw but I definitely won the fight."

"Trevor fought on into the 70s, but a series of illnesses kept him from training fulltime. His passion for the sweet science continued after retirement however and inspired by his Aboriginal idols Dave Sands, George Barnes and Jack Hassen, Trevor went on to become the first Aborigine to referee a world title bout in 1990.

"Trevor was built tough, and continued to judge right up until August this year.

"Fittingly, his last stint in the world of boxing was working on the undercard of Aboriginal up-and-comer and current world title holder, Daniel Geale down in Tasmania.

"He truly was the ultimate example for fighters like Daniel Geale and the many other young Aboriginal fighters on the rise, and his legacy in the sport will never fade.

"His work in and out of the boxing ring aside, Trevor did a lot of great things for Aboriginal people.

"Trevor helped countless brothers & sisters to stay out of prison whilst playing a leading role for the Aboriginal Legal Service and ATSIC and those coming out of prison find shelter, employment and in many cases, happiness once again.

"It's an understatement to say he was hugely respected everywhere he went. His passing is such a great loss to the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community alike.

"Trevor never stopped punching-on for his family and his people. He'll be deeply missed by all that called him a friend.

"Rest in peace Uncle."

Trevor Christian's funeral will take place at Pinegroves Cemetery, Minchinbury, Sydney at 11.30am on Thursday, December 15.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.