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Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900


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Filename: TRURI-VUswt-14.tiff

Size: 13364 x 9206 (24.8MB)

Date: 4th February 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Transvaal

Location Name: -26.182240, 27.700720

© From the collection of the RIC

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Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestlers, officials, trophies and prizes pictured outside what appears to be the Transvaal miners sports clubhouse. Cornishmen Jack and Sydney Chapman are sitting second and third from left in the front row. Jack and Sydney were part of the well known Chapman family of Cornish wrestlers from the St Columb area in Cornwall. Photographer: Unknown

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TRURI : VUswt.14

Media ID 18367955

© From the collection of the RIC

Castle Mine Miner Miners Mining Sport Wrasslin Wrestle Wrestler Lager Noticeboard


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This print transports us back to the early 1900s in Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. It captures a group of Cornish wrestlers proudly posing outside what appears to be the Transvaal miners sports clubhouse. The image showcases not only the wrestlers but also officials, trophies, and prizes that symbolize their achievements. Amongst this remarkable gathering are two notable figures from Cornwall's wrestling history: Jack and Sydney Chapman. These brothers belonged to the renowned Chapman family of Cornish wrestlers hailing from St Columb area in Cornwall. Seated second and third from the left in the front row, they exude confidence and strength. The photographer behind this historical snapshot remains unknown; however, their ability to capture such a vibrant moment is commendable. The composition reveals various elements that reflect life during that era - a rustic cornish hut stands tall in the background while an intriguing noticeboard catches our eye with its array of announcements. It is worth noting that this photograph holds significance beyond just sport or wresting enthusiasts. It offers glimpses into South Africa's mining culture as well, with references to lager, mining activities, and even rifles visible amongst some individuals present. As we admire this extraordinary piece preserved by Royal Cornwall Museum today, let us appreciate how it encapsulates both sporting prowess and cultural heritage within one frame – reminding us of the rich tapestry woven by our ancestors across continents and generations.

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