PERSONAL RECORD. STRICKLAND, MORRIE. SUMMER 1964 APROX [sic]; JACQUI WALKING, MIKE & P CLASS, DIGGING OUT TREE STUMP, FUN AT THE BEACH, CHELTENHAM BCH AUCKLAND
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Men and boys digging out tree stump at coastal property [Cheltenham Beach, Auckland. Man running and jumping into sea then swimming. Family members playing cricket in yard. Shots of family at the beach. Baby crawling, taking tentative steps from boy to man [Jacqui]. Two boys in backyard filling, pumping up, and launching toy rocket. Views of boys skiing, wide shot of ski field. Toddler in back yard [Jacqui]. Family relaxing at the beach, including [Jacqui and man] playing with ball. Views of people fishing from wharf. Boy erecting sail of P-class yacht in yard [Mike]. Boys launching yacht from beach and sailing into bay.
Cataloguer’s note: Morris Strickland was a world top 10 heavyweight for several years in the late 1930s. He was born in Wairoa in 1913, and won the Wellington amateur titles in 1930 and 1931, and the national heavyweight crown in 1932. He then turned pro and moved to Australia. After a year he returned to NZ and there won the professional heavyweight title. Then his manager Billy Crawford arranged for him to go to England, and he left with his new wife Eileen. After mixed results, he was bought by manager Bill Daly who organised his US campaign, and also fights at Wembley. Notable opponents in his career include Tommy Loughran and Bob Pastor.Strickland features as himself in the British boxing drama film ‘Excuse My Glove’ (1936). He returned to NZ ca1939 and had a handful more fights, the last in 1942. Strickland took an anti-war stance in the early 1940s, then bought a chicken farm in Hawke’s Bay to escape conscription. He took his family to Canada and returned to Auckland in 1950. He worked as a wharfie and was involved in the 1951 ‘lockout’. He later worked as a taxi driver. He lived in Devonport with his wife Eileen and four sons.
Reference number F48872
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA
Photography: Morrie [Maurice] Strickland