Wrestling Down Under

It’s 1851 and you’re lucky enough to a globetrotting Cornish miner.

It’s natural then, that you’re a dab hand at wrestling.

You find yourself in South Australia and during a lock-in at the Brecknock Arms in Adelaide with fellow Cornish wrestlers Cap’n James Chipman and Hodgey (who is handily also the landlord) you hatch a plan for a wrestle-fest.

Tickets sell like crazy as 50 of the best players in the colony square up, 26 of which are Cornish emigrants, six are Irish, five are from Devon and one is a ‘cannie Scot’, while the Aussies make up the numbers.

Captain Trewartha (yet another Cornishman) presides as judge and dangles five juicy prizes of up to £15.

34 bouts. Four days. Some highlights. Some lowlights.  

Day one - Richard Lynch, a wiry Irishman, throws you Dublin fashion onto your shoulders and they reckon it’s rigged, but you’re just hungover. 

Day two – Cornishman Coombe lays out James Dunn of St Austell as ‘flat as a flounder’ before people are even in their seats. 

Day three - Irishman O’Brien almost hugs Allen to death, though the Cornish clan suggest it’s below the belt. 

Day four - Cap’n James Chipman of Redruth walks off with the title, and the Cornish also take the prize money for 2nd, 3rd and 5th.

A sulky Devonian takes 4th place.