Boots - Boxing, 'Arena Sporting Footwear', circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 961616

Pair of leather boxing boots with rubber crepe sole. Eight sets of metal eyelets with dirty frayed shoe laces.

The boots were used by the Harry Johns Boxing Troupe. Harry Johns was a boxing and wrestling entrepreneur who toured the agricultural shows of Australia's eastern states between the 1930s and 1960s.

Boxing troupes toured agricultural shows in eastern Australia between the 1920s and the 1960s. Travelling boxing troupes can be traced to the late 1800s, but it was not until road transport improved that troupes became a regular feature of country shows.

Boxing was an important aspect of Aboriginal culture in the twentieth century, and a large proportion of tent boxers were Aborigines. Boxing was seen as a way of escaping mission life, and as a vehicle for political and social change and development.

Material from Harry Johns' Boxing Troupe is also located at the Gallery of Sport.
Pair of boxing boots, leather. Rubber crepe sole. Eight sets of metal eyelets with dirty frayed shoe laces. Leather backstrap with loop to assist in putting boots on.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Francesca Rose, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 14 cm (Height), 10 cm (Width), 29.5 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: indigenous peoples, sport, work clothing
Themes this item is part of: Harry Johns Boxing Troupe Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Male
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Text, top of tonuge in gold lettering: 'Arena/SPORTING FOOTWEAR'. Handwritten on inside, numbers: '8 1/2'.
Date Used: 1930-1969
User: Harry Johns' Boxing Troupe, Australia

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