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Jack Dealy interviewed by Barry York [sound recording]
Bib ID 3772117
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Dealy, Jack, 1917-2012, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2006 
5 sound files (ca. 206 min.) 
Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

In this interview, Jack Dealy talks about his parents; their farm near Shepparton (Vic.); his childhood and teenage years on the farm; his early interest in professional wrestling; the nature of his work on the farm; his high level of fitness, boxing prowess, sporting abilities; his sister and brothers; moving to Melbourne around 1938; working in a steel factory in Brunswick (Melbourne) with one of his brothers; his decision to apply for a job in the Victoria Police Force around 1939/40; experiences as a policeman in Melbourne and later Dandenong during the 1940s; his skill as a wrestler; his success as Victoria Police Light-Heavyweight champion; amateur and professional wrestlers he met or wrestled; moving back to the farm due to the ill health of his brother; returning to Melbourne four years later but being unable to rejoin police; taking on various jobs and his proximity to the underworld of Melbourne; his memories of mobsters in Melbourne; an anecdote about US serviceman and murderer Edward Joseph Leonski.

Dealy discusses his desire to leave Melbourne; joining the police force in Canberra, moving to Canberra (1949); his impressions of Canberra as a town at that time; his involvement in Canberra Police Boys' Club, in Turner during the 1950s; training local all-in wrestlers in Canberra; an anecdote about Doug Anthony MP; promoting local wrestling shows as a way of raising funds for the club; police work in Canberra; examples of some cases; attitude to his work as a policeman; his role as a wrestler, being known as 'Dirty Jack Dealy"; reminiscences of wrestling shows in Canberra; writing the script for fight scene in a touring production of 'The Sentimental Bloke', huge audiences at Manuka Oval; his thoughts on current pro-wrestling in Canberra; life after retiring, including the development of his farming property and quarries, marriage and children.

Notes

Recorded during August 17-21, 2006 at O'Connor, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (2 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 136 leaves) 
Subjects Dealy, Jack, - 1917-2012 - Interviews  |  Canberra Police Citizens Youth Club.  |  Police - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra - Interviews.  |  Wrestlers - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra - Interviews.  |  Wrestling - Australian Capital Territory - Canberra.
Other authors/contributors York, Barry, 1951-, Interviewer

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