Scenes of Jack’s 5th birthday, Eastbourne. Group of young boys walking along the side of a house wearing party hats and playing instruments. Toddler and older boy playing on lawn. Three boys walking along beach, Eastbourne. Women and children [EIleen Strickland]. Children playing in backyard. Boy riding scooter down road. [Morris Strickland] mowing lawn with push mower, assisted by toddler. Woman pushing toddler on swing, man pushing toddler. Toddler and boy sitting in chair in back yard. Toddler trying to do handstands and playing with large teddy bear.
Scenes of wedding [Lee and Peter]. Serviceman and bride walking onto street and being showered with confetti by well wishers. Serviceman and bride walking through gateway to private house followed by guests. Formal photographs being taken in the front garden. Two elderly men sitting on the edge of a child’s playpen talking. Babies playing on lawn. Baby in baby bath on ground outside.
Toddler taking steps on lawn, sitting in pedal car, in push chair. Boys riding bicycles and pushing pram around park, toddler pushing push chair backwards. Boys playing on swings [Seatoun Park, Wellington].
[Scenes at homestead at Haumoana]. Two boys and toddler playing in backyard of house. Family group riding bicycles on farm. Couple [Eileen and Morrie Strickland] walking across lawn with children. Boys burning off dried vegetation in large field. Mother [Eileen Strickland] cutting boy’s hair while he sits in sand pit, [Morrie Strickland ] playing with children. Children playing on swings, roundabout, slide, at public playground. Children running in field. Family walking through public gardens.
Three boys standing outside in their pyjamas, boys playing with dog. Boys on bicycles on path. Children playing on slide in public park , sign beside slide ‘Hastings Borough Council’ - ‘The play apparatus in this area is for the use of children under 15 years of age’. Boys up top of tree. Mother farewells boy as he sets off for school. Family standing in front of car with group of people, car being driven off. Morrie Strickland and two boys, one riding a tricycle and the other driving a pedal car.
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.