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  • Title
    Gillette Safety Razor Company - Cables and radio scripts concerning the 'bodyline' cricket series, 1932-1933
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 6187/Box 1X
  • Level of description
  • Date

    2 December 1932-16 February 1933
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    DigitisedMicrofilm : CY 3719, frames 1-154
  • Physical Description
    0.04 metres of textual material (1 outsize box) - typescript - 33.5 x 25.5 cm

    Restrictions on commercial radio in the United Kingdom in the 1930s resulted in radio stations being established on the continent beamed directly to the United Kingdom. The main station was situated in Paris. One of its advertisers was the Gillette Safety Razor Co. which sponsored reporting of the controversial 1932-33 cricket series played between Australia and England in Australia. (This became known as the 'bodyline' series because of the dangerous bowling tactics used by the English team). A reporter cabled very brief descriptions of play to Paris where they were transformed into full scripts which were then broadcast to the United Kingdom.
    Prominent players for England were Douglas Jardine, Harold Larwood, Bill Voce, Walter Hammond and Gubby Allen, and for Australia Bill Woodfull, Sir Donald Bradman, Stan McCabe, Bill O'Reilly and Bert Oldfield
  • Scope and Content
    FILE 1:
    Cables and accounts of the First Test Match between Australian and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    FILE 2:
    Cables and accounts of the Second Test Match between Australian and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

    FILE 3:
    Cables and accounts of the Third Test Match between Australian and England at the Adelaide Oval.

    FILE 4:
    Cables and accounts of the Fourth Test Match between Australian and England at the Gabba, Brisbane.
  • Language
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Finding Aids
  • General note

    Microfilm copy made, Sept. 1997.
    Digital order no: Album ID : 823888
    Nine cables were previously digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2002.
    Second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, pages 1, 2, 5, 6, 7.
    Third Test at the Adelaide Oval, pages 7, 8, 13, 14.
    A fifth test was played in this Bodyline Series however the SLNSW does not possess the cables and radio scripts to this match.
  • Name
  • Subject
  • Exhibited in

    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - State Library of New South Wales (January - June 2003)
    ONE hundred : celebrating the Mitchell Library centenary - State Library of New South Wales (March 2010 - June 2010)
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