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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sabu Sing, Northern Territory

Sabu Sing and his horse Docs Leo

In the main street of Katherine stands a bronze sculpture of Peter Sabu Sing, son of a Chinese man and a Wardaman Aboriginal woman who was born on Delamere Station in 1940. He was fostered as a child by Tom Fisher, manager of Wave Hill station. Fisher never encouraged him to cut loose from his Aboriginal background, he always looked after his mother and employed his brothers, and half-brothers in stock camps.

Sabu Sing

By the age of seven Sabu was breaking horses and later became a legend, known throughout the Northern Territory for his outstanding stockman skills . He went on to be the first Aboriginal man to manage a cattle station. He died in 1993.

Archie St Clair

Former ringer and heli-musterer, Archie St Clair, was so inspired by his story that he agreed to sculpture a larger-than-life-sized statue which took 9 months to complete.