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Papers relating to Jimmy Sharman and Jimmy Sharman's Boxing Troupe, circa 1910-2008 [manuscript]
Bib ID 4968091
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Sharman, Jimmy, 1912-2006
Related Online
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1910-2008] 
4.95 m. (12 boxes) + 4 fol. boxes + 3 elephant folios. 

MS Acc10.107 comprises papers of James Michael Sharman (1912-2006), relating to Jimmy Sharman's Boxing Troupe, his family, childhood and later life. They include photographs; personal papers; publications; news cuttings; Boxing Troupe stationery, posters, daily journals (ca. 1953-1971) and financial records (1912-1921, 1968-1988); realia; Magpies rugby league material; and audiocassettes and video recordings. The photographs include images of show personalities and boxers, some signed, including Jack Hassen, Archie Kemp, Les Darcy, Micky Miller, Dave Sands, Carl Olson, Mickey Hill, Taffy Hancock, Rocky Marciano, "Bronco" Don Johnson, Rex Talo, Tom Saga, Sam Moto, Max Baer, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Carruthers, Irish O'Grady, Rex Gilbert, the Maltese Marvel, Billy Grime, Jackie Green, Ralph Clay, Dave Smith, Tommy Uren, Bill Butler, Frank Burns, George Cook, Paddy Boxall, Harry Collins, Jimmy Young, Jack Johnson (USA) and Jimmy Carter (USA).

Other photographs in the collection depict family members, school groups and rugby league teams, including one of the St. Joseph's College football team of 1932. The news cuttings largely relate to the Boxing Troupe but include an album of Sharman's column in The sporting globe from the 1950s. Papers documenting Sharman's later life include greetings cards, visitors' book messages, photographs, biographical information, tribute and Magpies reunion event programs (12 boxes, 4 fol. boxes, 3 elephant folios).


James Michael (Jimmy) Sharman was born in 1912 in Narrandera, New South Wales. In 1926 he attended his first Sydney Royal Easter Show, working in his father's boxing troupe tent. Jimmy Sharman Senior started the boxing circuit after his own successful professional boxing career ended in 1911. Jimmy Junior took over the business in 1955. The tent formed part of the Australian show landscape until 1971, when regulations barred boxers fighting more than once a week. Sharman then turned to dodgem cars in partnership with Reg Grundy. Sharman was a talented rugby league player from the time of his schooldays at St. Joseph's College in Sydney. He later played for Western Suburbs Magpies between 1934-1939, becoming First Grade captain in 1938. Sharman retired from rugby league in 1939 to become a journalist.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.107.

Related Material Sharman family newscuttings relating to Jimmy Sharman's Boxing Troupe, 1914-1988, with miscellaneous printed material; Located at; State Library of New South Wales. 
Subjects Sharman, Jimmy, 1912-2006 -- Archives.  |  Sharman, Jimmy, 1887-1965 -- Archives.  |  Businessmen -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Boxers (Sports) -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Entertainers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Boxing -- Australia.  |  Tent shows -- Australia.  |  Sideshows -- Australia.  |  Boxers (Sports) -- Australia -- Portraits.
Time Coverage 1910-2008 
Occupation Entrepreneurs.  |  Entertainers.  |  Journalists.
Terms of Use Copying of Jimmy Sharman's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 


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