Foley, Larry

Pugilist who introduced the Queensberry rules into boxing in Australia and helped to revitalise the sport. A building contractor who joined the Catholic larrikin gang The Greens and as its leader he lasted 71 rounds in a fight with Sandy Ross, leader of the Orange Protestant group, at Como on the Georges River in 1871. He ran two hotels in Sydney. The first, Foley's Hotel, was on York Street. In 1885 he refurbished an old tavern named Nissen's Cafe on George Street and renamed it the White Horse Hotel. Bouts were fought and boxers trained in a gym at the back of the building.

Milestone
Born
Bathurst, New South Wales
12 Dec 1849
Died
Sydney
12 Jul 1917
Buried
14 Jul 1917
Name
Colloquial
Father of Australian Boxing
Commemorated by
Alternate
Foley, Laurence
Alternate
Foley, Lawrence
Occupation
Position
1885 - Jun 1890
Property
Owner of