Full Name: NATHAN DRUMMOND
Date of Birth: 19/01/1995
Height: 182 cm ( 5-11 1/2 )
Weight: 86 kg ( 13-8 )
Debut: 24/04/2015, Round 5, Melbourne
Total Games: 5
Total Goals: 2
Nathan, an indigenous football, was drafted by Richmond in the 2014 National Draft.
In his debut game for Richmond, against Melbourne, in Round 4 2015 he suffered a right knee injury that sidelined him for the whole season. With determination he made his way back to the senior team in Rd 18 2016 vs Hawthorn and kicked a goal.
In 2017, during a Reserves match, he suffered a season ending injury to his left knee.
Nathan's paternal great-grandfather, Tom Drummond, captained Collingwood in the early 1920s, played in two premiership sides for the Magpies (one being against Richmond), and also represented Victoria at State level, before ending his league career with a brief stint at South Melbourne.
On his maternal side, his great, great-grandfather, William Cooper, was a highly-respected Aboriginal leader.
Cooper was one of Australia’s earliest Aboriginal rights’ activists. He was founder of the Australian Aborigines League, and travelled throughout the nation, organising petitions that were aimed at convincing authorities to improve the lives of Aboriginals.
But the great care and compassion that Cooper displayed, wasn’t merely confined to his own people. He also fought for many other oppressed groups in society.
In the late 1930s, when news filtered through to Australia about Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jewish people, Cooper, then aged 77, led a delegation from his home in Footscray, to the German consulate in Melbourne’s Collins Street. He had with him a petition condemning the “cruel persecution” of Jews in Germany and demanding that it cease.
Much to Cooper’s dismay, the German consul general refused to accept the petition, but the protest certainly caused a stir at the time, and his wonderful display of humanitarianism was not forgotten by the Jewish community . . .
Four years ago, William Cooper made history by becoming the first Indigenous Australian to be honored with his own memorial and garden at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Israel’s Jerusalem, as acknowledgment for the role he played in leading that protest.
Nathan Drummond has red hair and fair skin, so his Indigenous heritage is not obvious. Nevertheless, it’s something that he’s extremely proud of . . .
“Because I don't have dark skin, people look at me and don't think I'm Indigenous, but it's something I know inside me and it means a fair bit,” he said in an interview with ‘The Age’ football writer Emma Quayle.
“It's pretty weird to think about what things were like back in the old days, because it seems like Indigenous people weren't even seen as real people, and my life is so different to that.
“To me, it means having family, being close to everyone, and knowing that you come from somewhere and have a community. That's the biggest thing.”
Murray Bushrangers. Joined Richmond with Richmond third round draft selection pick 52 overall in 2014 National Draft.