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HMAS AUSTRALIA boxing trophy awarded to Lindsay Alphonso Parer

Date: 1932
Dimensions:
Overall: 200 x 123 x 80 mm, 0.241 kg
Medium: Silver, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Trophy
Object No: 00033914
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    HMAS AUSTRALIA boxing trophy awarded to Lindsay Alphonso Parer. The trophy is in the form of a silver goblet with square handles and a stepped wooden base. The inscription reads "HMAS AUSTRALIA / boxing / 1932 / feather weight / championship / won by / L A Parer".
    SignificanceTrophies such as this one for RANR boxing illustrate the various sporting activities that were part of life in the navy. It allowed recruits to share and compete in an arena outside the base or ship in addition to facilitating pride, dedication and team work.
    HistorySport in the RANR was an important part of the fitness training but was also a team building exercise. It was a spectator sport with the local communities being able to watch.
    An extract from The Hobart Mercury in 1932 gives a lengthy account of a RANR boxing competition part of which it reads:
    "The large crowd that attended the Drill Hall last night on the occasion of the second of the series of boxing and wrestling tournaments conducted by the Royal Australian -Naval Reserve, was rewarded with an excellent evening's entertainment. The R.A.N.R. is affiliated with the Tasmanian Amateur Boxing and Wrestling Association, consequently all contests were under amateur rules. The boxing bouts were keenly and Hercely fought, but as usual with those bouts, not the least feeling was shown, winners and losers showing fine sports- man ship. Messrs’ H. Macgregor Smith and A. Berriman entertained the audience with a display of Jujitsu holds, and were applauded.
    Trophies wore presented to winners and losers alike, these having been donated by various business establishments and sporting bodies in the city, by the chairman (Commissioned Instructor A. T. G. Parsons). Lieut. C R. Garland was master of ceremonies, and thanked donators for trophies, and said he trusted that he would see them all again at the next tournament, to be held next month."

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