Darby McCarthy was born Richard Laurence McCarthy in a sandhills camp at Cunnamulla in Queensland, the son of Albert and Kate, who married at 13.
He became one of Australia's best jockeys in the 1950s and '60s.
He has done much to further the Aboriginal cause.
Cathy Freeman said of him, "Darby influenced me and encouraged me to strive for excellence in all that I do and to persevere against all odds and for this I will forever be thankful ... We first met in Queensland when I was 15 and Darby and his family were kind enough to let me stay on weekends away from boarding school at Toowoomba." (quoted in Against all Odds)
He won the 1969 AJC Derby on Divide And Rule and the Epsom with Broker's Tip on the same day.
Darby then went on to race in Europe, including at Royal Ascot and in Paris. He was inducted into the Queensland Racing Hall of Fame during the Industry Awards Night held in Brisbane, July 2004.
- Presnell, Max. "The life and times of Darby McCarthy, a true master of the saddle". Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/17/1087245044359.html.
- ↑ Lingard, John (2004-08-24). "Queensland Racing Hall Of Fame - 2004". Queensland Racing. Archived from the original on 2004-10-20. http://web.archive.org/web/20041020030213/http://www.queenslandracing.com.au/reports/HallOfFame.asp. Retrieved 2007-08-16.