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Boxing boots, 1930s-1960s

This is a pair of well-worn leather boxing boots with rubber crepe soles and frayed shoelaces worn by the Harry Johns Boxing Troupe. The name Arena is stamped on the tongue of the boot with 'Australia' written beneath it. Each shoe has eight sets of metal eyelets laced with frayed shoe laces. There is a leather backstrap ...

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Men boxing in suburban hall, East Doncaster, 1953

This is a black-and-white photograph from the original negative depicting two men watching another two other men sparring in a boxing ring at a suburban hall in East Doncaster in 1953. All four men have neat short haircuts and are wearing leather boxing gloves fastened with shoelaces around the wrists. Two of them are dressed ...

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'The man from Kangaroo', 1920

This is a still from the 1920 Australia silent movie 'The man from Kangaroo'. It shows the character John Harland, played by Reginald 'Snowy' Baker, teaching two boys how to box.

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Between rounds at the 1908 Johnson v Burns fight

This is an excerpt from actuality footage of the Heavyweight World Championship boxing match between African-American Jack Johnson and white Canadian title-holder Tommy Burns at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutters Bay, on 26 December 1908. It shows the break between rounds 7 and 8 when the boxers have returned to their corners ...

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Round 8 at the 1908 Johnson v Burns fight

This is an excerpt from actuality footage of the eighth round of the Heavyweight World Championship boxing match between African-American Jack Johnson and white Canadian title-holder Tommy Burns at Sydney Stadium, Rushcutters Bay, on 26 December 1908. It shows the boxers in the ring and a large segment of the crowd. The ...

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A boxing match in Bendigo, 1853

This is a hand-coloured lithograph, measuring 15.8 cm x 19.5 cm, entitled 'A BENDIGO MILL'. It was made by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80) from a sketch he did on the spot as he watched a boxing match in Bendigo, Victoria, and it featured in his publication 'Sketches of the Victoria gold diggings and diggers as they are'. ...

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Lionel Rose, boxing champion, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of 1968 showing the Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose working out at a gymnasium, probably at the home of his trainer, Jack Rennie, in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon. The photograph is believed to have been taken after Rose became World Bantamweight Champion. He is pictured using a heavy ...

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Jack Rennie describes Lionel Rose's world title fight, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of 76-year-old Jack Rennie, former trainer of boxer Lionel Rose, describing how Rose became World Bantamweight Champion in a fight against Japan's Masahiko ('Fighting') Harada in Tokyo in 1968. He explains how the victory made Rose an instant celebrity back in Australia. The recording was ...

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Dynasties - The Rose Family, 2003: A great footballer

This clip shows the story of Australian rules football legend Robert (Bob) Rose from his beginnings as a boxer and a football player for his small home-town club, to his almost overnight success as a player for the Collingwood Football Club. A montage of black-and-white still photographs and film, excerpts from a television ...

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Peter McIlwraith home movie - Brisbane Show and Moonbi Park, c1950

This silent home-movie footage from the 1950s shows the Royal Queensland Show (the 'Ekka', as it is known locally). It focuses on crowds of smartly dressed people, including uniformed sailors and schoolgirls enjoying various entertainments. Scenes include people in dodgem cars, on a miniature train and on a merry-go-round. ...