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  • Title
    Keith B. Saunders literary papers, ca. 1992-1998
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 8267
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1992-1998
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    0.32 metres of textual material (2 boxes)

    Keith B. Saunders, Aboriginal boxer, was born into one of only three indigenous families living in South Cardiff, near Newcastle, in 1934. His mother took him and his siblings to live in Redfern in the early 1940s. Chippendale gymnasium owner, Billy McConnell, spotted the thirteen-year-old Keith's boxing potential, and guided his early career.

    In 1950 Saunders made the New South Wales State boxing finals. Two years later he had his first professional fight at the Sydney Stadium. In 1959 Australian Ring magazine rated Saunders the 7th best welterweight fighter in Australia.

    Saunders retired prematurely from boxing with brain damage in 1966. He made two comebacks in 1968 and 1970 before finally retiring. He and his wife Jan and their children moved to Green Valley in Sydney's western suburbs in 1966.

    Keith Saunders died in November 2003.

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  • Scope and Content
    BOX 1
    Folders 1-2
    Manuscript of Learning the Ropes, ca. 1992

    Folder 3
    Typescript of Learning the Ropes, ca. 1992

    Folder 4
    Manuscript and typescript extracts from Learning the Ropes and Myall Road, with editor's notes, ca. 1992-1995

    Folder 5
    Black and white photocopies of photographs, promotional material including fliers for Learning the Ropes, and sample covers, ca. 1992

    BOX 2
    Folders 1-3
    Incomplete typescript copies of Myall Road, ca. 1997-1998

    Folder 4
    Final typescript copy of Myall Road, 1997
  • Source
    Purchased from Michelle Thomas c/- Radical Transmission Syndicate, 3 February 2004
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Approval for reproduction required: From copyright owner
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2011-2012
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