Today in history: Boxing tournament, 39-year-old man dies

ON THIS day (December 8) in Gladstone history: 


There was a large crowd at the Town Hall on Friday night, November 28, to witness the boxing tournament arranged by the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club in aid of the Meat Works Queen, Miss Sophie Beale.

The first bout between the two juveniles Peter Hughes and Lawrence Melling was a good go, with Hughes using a nice straight left to his taller opponent's face, and following this with nice lefts to the body. Melling got home some nice lefts to his shorter opponent, but failed to connect with his right.

These two put in some nice punches, with Hughes ducking and side-stepping from blows that made the crowd roar with laughter.

He made the fighting and earned the decision on points.


A well known and highly respected young citizen of Gladstone, Mr Cyril Horn, passed away in hospital on November 2 at the age of 39 years.

The deceased was born at Many Peaks and spent his earlier years in that district and at Bororen and Childers with his family.

In 1942, he joined the 52nd AA Regiment AIF as a transport driver and served until December 1946.

In 1950 he married Miss Dorothy Fortey and lived until his death at their home in Off Street. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Gary and Wayne, his mother, Mrs H Horn of Rocky Glen, Gladstone, and brothers, Leonard, Stan and Colin.