John Patten (Johnny Jarrett), 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion, 2017 by Tiffany Garvie

image of John Patten (Johnny Jarrett), 1958 Australian bantamweight boxing champion 2017 by Tiffany Garvie

Artist's statement

John Patten is a Yorta and Bundjalung man. He is an Aboriginal elder and community leader. In 1958 John was the Australian bantamweight boxing champion and fought under the name of Johnny Jarrett. He was also a champion rugby player. Even as an elder today, he still shows the strength that he carried in the sporting arena.