PERSONAL RECORD. STRICKLAND, MORRIE. SYDNEY ZOO, WELLINGTON ZOO, EASTBOURNE

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(COL) Eileen Strickland kisses boy good-bye, he walks off with father [leaving for first day at school.]. Family looking at zoo animals in enclosures at [Wellington] Zoo. Group of formally dressed people looking at books with crowd in the background [horse races]. Man and boy, standing on railing, Oriental Bay boat sheds, Wellington in the background. Small boy trying to mow very long grass with push mower, boy driving his pedal car. Smll boy at home with his parents, walking along a beach with his father Morris Strickland [Eastbourne]. Boy playing with hose. Two men sitting outside house. Man working in the garden.

(B&W) Animals in enclosures at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney. Group of men at zoo. Views of harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Group at lookout [The Gap, Watson’s Bay]. Man walking with on hill with Bondi Beach in the background, crowds on the beach.

(COL) Views taken from ship, passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denniston, travelling towards Sydney Harbour heads.

[Family scenes at Eastbourne] Group of people playing shipboard games. Woman holding baby, family gathered around baby including Morrie Strickland holding baby. Boy with fox terrier dog in back yard. Family and dog playing in backyard, boy playing with gun, Morrie Strickland feeding dog. Boy playing with dog on verandah. [Eileen Strickland] holding baby, boy at her side Eileen Strickland with baby on blanket, Morris Strickland with baby. Man tending vegetable plot. Man holding baby. Morris Strickland working in garden. Family walking along beach with dog [Eastbourne].

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.

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Year 1955

Reference number F48847

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:16:05

Credits Photography: Morrie [Maurice] Strickland

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