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TOMMY JONES OF AUSTRALIA

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searching for any information on TOMMY JONES, a Champion Australian Boxer who was active from 1904-1912.Last heard of living and working at COOLAMON in the Riverina district of N.S.W. Australia about 1920.His birth name was JAMES FLETCHER. I would be grateful for any information as to what happened to him.

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by janilye on 2014-03-03 07:21:02

Referee (Sydney, NSW ) Thursday 1 August 1935
ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S CLEVEREST FEATHERS
The Career Of Tommy Jones
Oxley's Hill, Boural.
21/7/35.
DEAR SIR, Would you please write something in your valuable and
interesting paper about one, Tommy Jones, reputed to be one time bantam featherweight and lightweight champion of Australia. As near as I can find out he fought in the time of the old Gaiety and Golden Gate.
Yours in sport, 'ROLLY' PEARCE.
TOM JONES was certainly a shining light of the old Gaiety Athletic Club regime, and ranks as one of the cleverest featherweights of Australian boxing history. Born at Redfern (N.S.W.) in or about the year 1884 (his real name is James Fletcher). Tommy Jones made his first ring appearance in 1904, when he won a 9 stone tourney at the Gaiety. In that year he lost to the late 'Yank' Pearl, fought a draw with Ted Green, and defeated Charlie Raff and Peter Toohey.

He was not born at Redfern but at Tenterfield, NSW on the 10 March 1884 to James and Mary Fletcher.

Drake, Glen Innes, Wellingrove and Tenterfield are towns close to each other therefore I think the following from bdm.nsw Births are possible syblings,
26549/1880 26549/1880 FLETCHER MAUD JAMES MARY WELLINGROVE
16075/1882 FLETCHER JOSEPH CLAUD JAMES MARY GLEN INNES
32375/1884 32375/1884 FLETCHER JAMES JAMES MARY TENTERFIELD
36247/1888 FLETCHER JESSIE JAMES MARY DRAKE
11836/1890 FLETCHER LAWRENCE JAMES MARY DRAKE
180512/2005 FLETCHER EDWARD M JAMES MARY

Sometimes finding a sybling will bring about a lead.
I did see a reference to a Tommy Jones fighting at Ipswich in 1914 (badly damaged his hand in the 13th round) may not have been the same Tommy Jones, but if it was he may have finished up in Queensland; could have done that anyway, Tenterfield is close to the border.

by tommy1884 on 2014-03-04 02:23:13

According to his birth certificate,the Tommy Jones (James Fletcher) I refer to was born on the 3rd July 1884 on "Bolivia Station" at Tenterfield. He was my mothers grandfather but she never knew him and he wasn't spoken about within the family. My mother says that her father (James son William, known as Bill) sometimes would take her to carnivals and her father would hang around the boxing tents looking for his father, so he must have had some knowledge of his fathers occupation.We know that around 1920 he had something to do with Jimmy Sharmans boxing troupe in the Riverina area NSW. After that he seems to have vanished.

by janilye on 2014-03-04 08:09:38

Yes you're right about the date of birth; I saw 1884/7/3 HERE and now realise it was written the american way with the month before the day. where I got the 10th from I don't know.
I did see a reference to a Tommy Jones fighting in Ipswich in May 1914 at the Tivoli Stadium against a Paddy McFarlane and damaging his hand in the 13th round. I didn't mention it, I wasn't sure if it was the same Tommy Jones. He went into the fight weighing 10s 6lb.
The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 31 May 1919
DEATHS
FLETCHER. May 22, 1919 at the Sacred Heart, Hospice Darlinghurst Violet E. Fletcher (nee Jones) the loved mother of Billy and Olga Fletcher. At rest

[longshot but the closest I could find in nsw
International, Find A Grave Index
about James Fletcher
Name: James Fletcher
Birth Date: 1884
Age at Death: 88
Death Date: 31 Dec 1972
Burial Place: Bowraville, New South Wales, Australia ]
I saw a tree in Ancestry; is that your's? Father, William known as Bill given as William James b: 1848/1849 near Gosford m: Mary Dowling/Dooling at the Glen Innes Court House 28 June 1870. They may have left a Will.

by tommy1884 on 2014-03-04 22:59:32

yes, that's my tree

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