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Outback Fight Club Pt. 2

This is part 2 of the documentary about Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe. As I mentioned yesterday, King of the Outback is set in the world of tent boxing in the 1950s. What this contemporary documentary doesn’t show, is the large amount of aboriginal men who would work the tent boxing circuit as fighters but in […]

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Outback Fight Club Pt. 1

My novel King of the Outback, which is released later this month, is set in the world of outback tent boxing. As tent boxing is pretty much unique to Australia, I thought a brief lesson was in order. Below, in four snippets, is Part 1 of a documentary about Fred Brophy, who ran the last […]

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Rally Around the Drum

This classic song, written by Paul Kelly and Archie Roach, recalls Archie’s time as a tent boxer. Drums of all shapes and sizes were used by boxing troupes to draw crowds to the tent boxing shows that were put on in Outback Australia. Some showmen used big base drums and would march through town, pounding […]

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