PERSONAL RECORD. STRICKLAND, MORRIE. USA, HAWAII, PICNIC UPPER HUTT, TERRY AT CAMP
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Race horses racing around track. Children riding ponies at race track. Goodyear airship. Fruit trees, toddler under tree, man [Morrie Strickland] walking with toddler amongst fruit trees. Woman [Mrs Strickland] and toddler sitting on a blanket in an orchard woman, picking lemons. Family members on horseback. Child looking through fence at military aircraft. Fields of oil derricks [United States]. Traveling shots on sea. Planes flying overhead. Naval brass band playing in enclosure.
Scenes of family in Hawaii. Woman [Mrs Strickland] and toddler walking along street. Large multi storied building behind palm trees. Woman [Mrs Strickland] and toddler standing against railing of ship, views from ship. Canoes coming out to ship. Traditional Pacific Island buildings. Panning view of bay including large ship. Family members with a group of village children. Boys climbing coconut palms. Flowering plants. Young Hawaiian woman in traditional dress. Local flora. Local markets. , Morris Strickland makes a purchase. View from ship leaving harbour.
View of ship taken from beach. Views of village life. Family members looking over railing of ship. High angle view of boxing match on board ship. Man and woman play boxing and doing acrobatics on ship’s deck, children playing, United States flag painted on the deck. People playing games on deck.
[Scenes in New Zealand] Children playing with pedal car on path. Man riding bicycle along footpath with two children sitting on the handle bars. Child feeding cat then chickens in backyard. Family picnic at riverside, family members in the river. Family group having picnic beside car. [Scenes at Trentham]. Man in army uniform standing in front of large group of tents, man is joined by a woman. Civilians with army servicemen. Young boy with lemon squeezer army hat on looking at tents. Serviceman with family.
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 F48890
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Photography: Morrie [Maurice] Strickland