Flemington has been and is home to a diverse range of interesting individuals.
We celebrate the lives of those who have been influential in Melbourne and Australia, but also those who represent the variety of backgrounds of Flemingtonians. This ranges from Hugh Glass, once the richest man in the colony of Victoria, to more recent residents, who contribute to the richness of Flemington life.
We encourage you to submit your story of your connection to Flemington.
One of the recent champions in Flemington and Kensington, and part of a long line of local boxing legends, Graeme “Porky” Brooke’s career took off while he was a student at Debney Park High School. Porky had earlier watched his relative Lionel Rose train in a fibro-cement shed in an Essendon backyard and dreamed of following in his footsteps. By 1984, at only 21, the long-term Flemington resident took out the Commonwealth lightweight boxing title at Festival Hall, one of his many achievements.
One of Flem Ken's many boxing talents, Arthur Ernest Hardwick took on the name Jack Carroll before going on to win the Australian welterweight boxing title in 1928 and 1933. Carroll attended Kensington State School and worked in the abattoirs and Kimpton's Flour Mill. He was inducted at George Lynch's Physical Culture Class on Eastwood St and trained by, amongst others, Flemington's Bill O'Brien. He also practised in makeshift gyms above local stables. In 2003 Carroll was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame.