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Jimmy Matcham interviewed by Pat O'Connor and Clem Parkinson in the Norm O'Connor folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2638137
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Matcham, Jimmy, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1970 July 4 
1 tape reel (ca. 64 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, half track mono ; 5 in. 
Series

Norm O'Connor folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording.

Full contents Matcham, 1. Recitation: poem about boxing, mentions 'Matcham's men'; 2. Interview: about boxing and Matcham's troupe of boxers, songs about Les Darcy, Starlight & Sam Grey re-enacted Johnson-Burns fight, Bill Squires 'only a slogger,' John Wren helped Collingwood poor people and charities, Larry Foley, Merv. Williams, Hughie Lean (?) and his father, Faversham, Rose, Carruthers, Lewis, best of the lightweights, so few good boxers now because there are no teachers, the brutality of the early days of boxing, 105 rounds sometimes, Corbett first to wear gloves, Starlight once fought 'the great Dan Credan' once, Dan Credan once fought Fitzsimmons, Darcy, Houdini replaced by Hanko (?), Hanko performed at Eureka Stockade and tested new police ratchet hand-cuffs, other escapes, Matcham teamed up with Hanko during the Depression, Hanko's publicity and act, Hanko's wife one of the Marlowe sisters who sang 'Shine on Harvest Moon', used oil-painted banners, Briggs' son rode motor bike in 'circle of death', liked the show circuit, even though a hard life, story about stolen turkey. 
Biography/History

Jimmy Matcham, a former showman and boxing trainer, ran a boxing troupe which rivalled Jimmy Sharman's.

Notes

Part of a collection of recordings and related material collected during the 1950s and 1960s by Norm O'Connor and others for the Folk Lore Society of Victoria.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript unavailable. 
Subjects Matcham, Jimmy -- Interviews.  |  Boxers (sports) -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Boxing -- Australia -- History.
Other authors/contributors O'Connor, Norman, Interviewer  |  O'Connor, Pat, Interviewer  |  Parkinson, Clem, 1929-, Interviewer  |  Folk Lore Society of Victoria

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