by the mighty who preside
I'll not curry for their favour
I'll not bootlick at their side
I'll be gone with those who knew me well
My dark friends have died in their own sad hours"
Neil Murray song Tom Wills Would
Martin Flangan on Tom Wills
Greg de Moore on Tom Wills
The juggernaut of the commercialized and corporatised version of AFL Foootball is thankfully coming to a close after 8 months. Next week is the Grand Final and large swathes of the nation will stop for a couple of hours to watch that game. Australian Rules Football is a uniquely Australian sport, played no where else in the world.
In 1861 Wills moved to Northern Queensland to work on his father's property. Wills had been there just three weeks when a party of Aboriginals killed nineteen of the group, including Tom's father in one of the biggest massacre of whites by blacks in Australian history. Tom was away from the property at the time.
Martin Flangan writes that in the retributive raids that followed, three times as many blacks were killed.
Greg de Moore's biography of Tom Wills is titled Tom Wills: His spectacular rise and fall.