History of Maryborough Boxing

Harry Steve had a boxing stadium in the old Naval Hall
Max Gornik had a boxing stadium in Kent St Maryborough, Pat Delaney
was the promoter for Max and was often busy signing up new names

In between having stadiums the main places for the fights were the Town Hall and the Bungalow theatre.

1921 - The main fight listed on the bill to be held at the Bungalow theater is Stan Goode (Marborough) will fight Billy Murphy (Bundaberg) This series was a fiver - 5 Friday nights in a row. (Full Article) 

1922 - Gilshenan defeats Neilsen..... Nearly 2000 spectators filled the Bungalow Stadium to witness the fight between Frank Gilshenan  ( Maryborough) and George Neilsen Wondai which was billed as the amateur welterweight championship of Queensland. This fight was six three-minute rounds and it was by no means a thrilling for all those who went along to watch... Article

1923 - Frank Johnson fought Billy Murphy (Bundaberg)  and Frank won on points at the Town Hall.


Boxing Troupes, skating rinks and Harry Steve

Two gentlemen came into the rooms asking about Henry/Harry Steve who was a boxer and also a Boxing Promoter. Harry ( as he was generally known ) was born in South Africa and he was the owner of ????? in South Africa before coming to Australia.

He had a long and successful career as a boxing promoter and his main fighter was Arthur Douglas who was born in South Africa and was a ???? champion fighter with varied and fascinating descriptions of his stature. Harry was a very talented man also and during his life of travels was a promoter, a vet, a hairdresser and publican sometimes all 3 at once.

His second wife Lucy died in Maryborough and is buried in the Maryborough Cemetery, she lived in North St prior to her death. Harry remarried and we established he was cremated in Rockhampton but may have been interred at Biloela and our gentlemen left with this task to discover.

Lets start a little further back Harry had came to the Wide Bay area and was attending other boxing matches and was fa…

The arrival of the South Sea Islanders to Maryborough

I recently attended a planning meeting for the 150th Anniversary of the landing of the Mary Smith in Maryborough. The Mary Smith was  a labour recruiing ship that had travelled to the Pacifc Islands to bring the first group of South Sea Islanders to work on cane and cotton properties on the Fraser Coast.

The is much discussion around the blackbirding trade and whether all SSI were blackbirded or whether there was also legitimate boats that were declared as recruitment ships. So as a part of the ongoing discussion we are currently compiling a list of ships that were docked in Maryborough with indentured labour and blackbirded labour on board. 

There are a couple of interesting definitions that were first discussed.
..Definition of a slave ship-A ship transporting slaves, especially one carrying slaves from Africa. Definition of a slave - Slave is a person who is legally owned by someone else and has to work for that personDefinition of a kanaka: A Pacific Islander employed as an indenture…

Wow how time flies..

I realised I haven't posted anything since Christmas the time has gotten away from me this year yet I have been achieving so much. When the Society went on holidays I stayed on over the break to catch up with all the tasks I hadn't finished and decided to clean up the computer and my records.

It was definitely worth it and I had the opportunity to meet a lovely lady who is looking for her ancestors. The Great Grandmother she is looking for is we believe is known as Elizabeth Thurechts who was married ot a George Berry and they lived at Wondai.. but we have a major disaster in that we can not find any trace of her she gave birth to children, but wierd enough is that her surname is different on every birth certificate. So Elizabeth and I are trying every avenue to discover this person who she owes so much to.

I think I have tried every avenue of research and I dont' think there is any way to go but we will keep plodding along. Then in the process I have also been helping Bil…

A Happy New Year and a huge year ahead

Well the time has flown by so quick and after a lovely Christmas Day it is time to look forward and set some goals for 2017.

I realised the time is slipping by and as the remaining ancestors are all getting a year older it is quite urgent to make sure you get their stories written down. I have set myself a goal of one interview a week to ensure my list of stories grows and if anything goes wrong we have those memories recorded.

The next question is what am I looking for - me being me I think I will set my self a set of questions, then make a list of 52 people to talk to and hopefully they may fill in some of the gaps.. it is quite interesting an Aunt made a comment to Mum of "it would be awesome to have a family reunion but the problem is our family doesn't talk to each other so I don't think it would work."

This is a great indicator that we need to write those stories. The other goal I have set my self is to discover something old in the local area each month and …

Round and round in circles I go

Wow time has flown since I last wrote but I have been totally busy trying to fit everything in and losing hours going round and round. I decided to trace the King family back into Ireland as I read so much about people going back to the 16th and 17th Centuries so I thought I have done nothing on any of my families and their immigrations and the ships they travelled on blah blah blah..

Well that is how I certainly feel about how I am achieving this so far. So I started with Walter Stewart King  1826-1892 who died in Maryborough and was born and married in Ireland. I have his father Thomas G King and his Mother Frances Stuart.. and blow me down if I can not find a birth record anywhere..

I don't even think they existed in Ireland at this moment.. so I spent a whole afternoon looking through microfiche and Irish Ancestor magazines to come up with zilch.. not a thing.. ... yep no birth records, no proof other than his death certificate of who he is.

So I came home with a list of websi…



We come across so many different things when we are doing family history and sometimes we just slide on by not thinking they are something to investigate but then we do things like I have done recently when I was doing data for the society and kept coming across...

WWII records and some were A.I.F and others were C.M.F... just a little bit of interesting trivia for you. So I realised I need to go back and find all the militia records and you know what is going to happen off on another adventure and who knows what I will discover.

Its funny when I first started doing my family tree and I joined the local Historical society I had no idea of the skills and headaches I would happen upon. I think one of the biggest questions was always so how far do you take your research and what do you put in it.

So off I went looking for dates mainly oh and wives/husbands and children but found there were so many stories and questions it was a …