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Postby Danny_Alvarez on Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:33 am

I couldn't help but to think of Kim and all her hard work and dedication when i saw this... keep up the good work Kim :)
Also on the picture that shows the "Country vs City" Match i couldnt help but to notice two famous surnames
Chamberlain and Boland.... i am not sure if they are the same but it interested me. Also check how many female players
they had in a very insignificant match in the middle of Tasmania (which has never been a highly populated area).
cheers
Danny


SCHOOL DRAUGHTS
Wednesbury (England) Boys' High
School recently introduced draughts as
one of the school games. In U.S.A.
checkers (draughts) has been taught
In the schools for many years. That
nation has, consequently, a vast num
ber of expert young players, and ad
ministered a severe defeat to Britain
in the 1927 International match.
Many schoolmasters have been pro
minent in the draughts world. From
"Gould's "Memorable Matches" we
learn that In 1S11 Harper Coltherd. who
taught in Newcastle-on-Tyne for up
wards of 40 years, defeated Robert
Martins in a contest for the champion.
ship of England by 9-6 with 27 draws.
In more recent times W. J. Wray, a
Halifax schoolmaster, shone as an in.
ternational player, problemist, draughts
'editor, and draughts organiser. The
writer has. met Mr. Wray, also others
In the scholastic profession of less pro
minence as players.
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Re: School Draughts

Postby john reade on Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:00 am

Danny,

Where did you get this information? I come from Wolverhampton which is only 5 miles away from Wednesbury!

We used to go over to Wednesbury School to play them at chess.

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Re: School Draughts

Postby Danny_Alvarez on Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:43 pm

Hi John sorry i should've google mapped where Wednesbury was.... it was night time for me and i didnt think of doing that.
I found this information in the National Library of Australia website http://www.nla.gov.au/

in there they have digital copies of most newspapers for the whole country from 1800's onwards .... i tend to go and look for articles and stuff.... what is interesting to know is that in the late 19th century and early 20th century draughts had more followers than chess and a bigger presence in newspapers. most had a quarter page (daily !!!!!) dedicated to draughts.... a whole game, a problem, an article like the one i just posted and tournament results.... to see now a non existent federation here with no champs or clubs or any form of organisation is truly heartwrenching.... for me anyway.

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John
PS i never had the pleasure of going as far as Wolverhampton but i have been in Cambridge, Oxford, Rugby and Coventry. Upon retirement i plan on a 12 month trip around the british isles :) but thats a long way yet.
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Re: School Draughts

Postby liam stephens on Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:37 pm

Hi Danny,

Great site. Are you able to look at the following entry ?

The Sargison collection of books and periodicals on draughts : catalogue
Book Bib ID 2458473
Format Book, Online - Google Books
Author State Library of Tasmania


Description [Hobart], 1958.
[i], 15p. ; 34cm.
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Re: School Draughts

Postby Danny_Alvarez on Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:34 pm

The Sargison collection of books and periodicals on draughts : catalogue
Bib ID 2458473
Format Book
Author
State Library of Tasmania

Description [Hobart], 1958.
[i], 15pages ; 34cm.
Notes
Processed.
Subjects Draughts (Game) - Bibliography.

it says here it is available for perusal at tasmania or you can order photocopies for $13.50 . it doesnt give me any more information and i logged in with my card. a lot of the materials are either in melbourne, canberra or launceston .... it seems thats where draughts was strongest in australia in victoria, tasmania and southern new south wales.

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Re: School Draughts

Postby liam stephens on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:22 am

Thanks Danny,

Looks like I'll have to book a trip to Tasmania someday. :D

Have you looked up Hugh Egan and the Melbourne Weekly Times ?
I have a 6 year run of that newspaper column, but I believe it ran for over 50 years !
Probably the longest running draughts column ever.

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Re: School Draughts

Postby Danny_Alvarez on Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:57 pm

I had not heard of Mr Egan ... but in my opinion the biggest and best draughts columns in australia were located in Melbourne and Perth.... i have to go through my files to find the newspaper articles or the people writing them .

Thanks for the tip though Liam.

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