"Fred Brophy is the last of the traditional 'Tent Boxing Troupe' travelling with his tent and troupe of boxers around Queensland and setting up his boxing tent up in local towns and challenging all-comers. Tent boxing started in England, but outback and country Australia is the only place in the world where such an attraction still survives. Tent boxing started in the 1800’s with professional boxing troupes travelling to mining and outback country towns following shows and carnivals, putting up big top tents and taking on all-comers for cash. Fred Brophy is a 4th generation showman; he started boxing at five years of age and kept at it for about 20 years before crossing over to run and own his own troupe. When he was a boy the crowd would throw pennies and halfpennies onto the mat. He tells all children 'What you see here today in the Fred Brophy’s boxing tent, you will talk about for the rest of your life'"
"Fred Brophy is a master of the crowd, leader of the boxing troupe, a born story teller, he has led a colourful life. Surviving rounds with venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, shotguns, baseball bats and knives. Cracow Hotel in Central Qld is the base for the ‘Fred Brophy Boxing Troupe’.
In 2009 he was inducted into Qld’s boxing hall of fame, in 2010 after 35 years of traveling the length and breadth of Australia with his tent and troupe he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for entertainment to the outback.
Tent boxing is a dying tradition that was part of the Australian show culture and other social gatherings at one time in Australia there were over 45 boxing troupes traveling around Australia."
Just a cracking piece of Boxing Memorabilia / Australiana !!!! Handpainted on canvas and signed to the lower right by the artist, it’s huge measuring 6 metres x 4 metres. The banner features the images of Hector Thompson, Ezzard Charles & Jersey Joe Walcott. Looks to date from the 1970’s. No other history is known about the item.
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