PUGILISM The sport of pugilism, or bare knuckled fighting, was illegal. The names, (although often with an alias) of the participants, and the hoteliers, who stood to gain much from the activity are known, however, the spectators remain anonymous. The exact location of some of the fights is difficult to identify, some being described … Continue reading Pugilism
Cooks River Nineteenth Century Sporting Life The recent digitisation of newspapers by the National Library of Australia, has created a greater awareness of life in the Cooks River area in the 19th century. The term Cooks River has a certain flexibility regarding geographic location but textual clues indicate where an event took place. Sporting activity … Continue reading Cooks River Nineteenth Century Sporting Life
This was a walk to sample the history of Tempe.
The Rev. Edward D. Madgwick in 1896, wrote an ‘Historical Sketch of St. Peter’s Cooks River, 1839-1896’. In it he states, ‘Fashionable congregations were the rule in St. Peter’s in those days.... Many of the leading families of this land as well as of the locality were in some way or other connected with it....