Sportsman of the week. Episode 8, David Gallaher ; Settlement In Malaya

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Side 1. Sportsman of The Week (2nd Series), Episode 8: David Gallaher.
Rugby broadcaster Winston McCarthy provides a profile on Gallaher’s life, the All Black captain who died at Passchendaele, in 1917.

He begins with, “New Zealand has had many famous sons in the sporting world… one whose name is known to most of us as a name only. But perhaps the fact he lost his life in the first world war caused the memory of his personality to dim. His rise to fame began when he captained the original All Black team to the British Isles in 1905…”
McCarthy covers Galllaher's rugby career and reads comments from British critics of his style of play.

He served overseas in South Africa's Boer War and when World War I broke out he enlisted even though at 41 he was considered too old.
McCarthy reads a letter from Ernie Booth, a fellow member of the 1905 team, on hearing of Gallaher's death.

He ends with, “Taking him all and all, this hard bitten colonial, tough as a bit of leather, the sort of player one never saw winded or the least bit hurt during a match, was one of the immortals of rugby football, his name must never be forgotten, David Gallaher.”

Side 2. Talk by J.H. Ford, "Settlement in Malaya". A radio talk about colonial settlement of Malaya and rubber plantations. [Poor audio quality]

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Year 1954

Reference number 183364

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Radio sports events
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits McCarthy, Winston John, 1908-1984, Presenter
New Zealand Broadcasting Service (estab. 1946, closed 1962), Broadcaster

Duration 00:22:15

Date 16 Jul 1954