New Accessions: Queensland Boxing and Golf Photographs and Papers

One recent donation to the John Oxley Library is a collection of Queensland boxing and golf photographs and papers from the 1950s.

The photographs include images of the Queensland Amateur Boxing and Wrestling team of 1951, the Queensland Amateur Boxing team at the Australian Championships in Perth in 1961 and a portrait of Australian champion, Bobby Simm from Queensland.

Queensland Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Team, 1951


Bobby Simm


Boxing match at the Brisbane Stadium, refereed by Pat Hill, ca. 1940s.

The collection also includes a programme for the Australian Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Championships held at the Brisbane Stadium in 1951, which has been autographed by the participating boxers.

1951 Programme


1951 Programme

Other fascinating items from the collection are three score books used by referee Les Parker for boxing matches held at Brisbane's Festival Hall.  Parker was an Australian amateur welterweight champion in the 1950s and a referee at Festival Hall from its opening in 1959.

The collection also contains photographs of Queensland Women golfers from the 1950s.

First Queensland Ladies Golf Team to win an interstate championship, 1951. The ladies pictured are Joan Fletcher, Joan Irving, Hilma Taylor, Elizabeth Gibbings, Enid Hauritz and Judith Percy

The Queensland Ladies' Golf Team were competing in Adelaide and won the interstate contest for the Gladys Hay Memorial Cup.  This was Queensland's first win since the start of the competition in 1933.

Joan Reedman and Hilma Taylor at Victoria Park Golf Course in Brisbane

Other items include typewritten histories of boxing in Queensland by John Garde, a programme for the 1982 Commonwealth Games boxing events held in Brisbane and a boxing contract between manager, Tommy Burns, and boxer Rod Litzow from 1957.  The collection may be viewed at the John Oxley Library (Acc: 29001, Box 17511 O/S A3)

Lynn Meyers - Original Materials Librarian, State Library of Queensland



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Do you have any photo's of my father well known pro boxer from the Philippines who fought at the Brisbane stadium during the 40's. He fought the great Ron Richards , Richie sands,Alan westbury, George's champion, Cecil overall, joe Delaney, I am writing his autobibiography . Do you know where I could acquire any photo's from, I would mutch appreaciate this sincerely James EUSEBIO.

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Grateful this donation has been made to the Oxley Library. Thrilled to see my Uncle, Gilbert Durey, in the Qld Amateur Boxing and Wresting Team photo of 1951.