Banner Credit: Ron Gidgup training against Gordon Hatch at the East Perth Police Boys Club, Daily News 21 June 1952. 

Boxing was another popular form of entertainment for Aboriginal people in East Perth.  Informal boxing matches sometimes took place down by the river or in Weld Square (Beaufort Park) before or after the Coolbaroo dances. 

At the East Perth branch of the Police and Citizens’Boys/Youth Club which was located on the former Walton Street, young Aboriginal men like Ron Gidgup learned to box.


Ron Gidgup Snr

Marie Pryor


Daily News 21 June 1952

West Australian, 12 May 1951

Advertisement for East Perth Police & Citizens Boys’ Club, The West Australian 1947

Boxers of Stewart's Troupe in front of a crowd at the Perth Royal Show, October 1961 (State Library of Western Australia)