SYDNEY 'BLACK SANTA' REMEMBERED 26/03/99 3:54:24 Daily Telegraph
Known as 'Black Santa', Sidney 'Doc' Cunningham was remembered last week for his life as a family man, former soldier, jack-of-all-trades, and a generous man who never stopped giving. He died at the age of 72, survived by his wife and four children.
Fr Don Richardson told 450 mourners at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral that Doc's goodness and strength showed 'just how wonderful human life was meant to be. Those simple good things are clear to people.'
Mr Cunningham's first appearance as Black Santa was in 1974 to help those whose lives had been devastated by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin. It was a role he would play every year, even when he was ill and should have been resting. Among other awards, he was named Anzac of the Year in 1982 and Aboriginal of the Year in 1987.