Interview with George Barnes, wrestler / interviewer, Barry York

Barnes, George, 1945-


3 audio discs (CD-R).
Barnes talks about growing up in Balmain, N.S.W.; family background; schooling; occupations; reasons for becoming a professional wrestler; first and last professional bouts and reasons for retiring from wrestling. He then discusses his opponents in the ring; fans; popularity of wrestling; injuries; business structure of wrestling; typical week in life as a wrestler; importance of showmanship and ratio of showmanship to wrestling ability. He then talks about Australian and overseas venues; popularity of wrestling; changes seen in professional wrestling and views on the televised 'World Championship Wrestling" show on the Nine Network which ran from 1964 to 1978. Barnes then discusses his current work and interests in life.
Working duplicate and cassette copies made.
Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee.
Recorded on May 22, 2000 in Canberra.
Related material : Papers of George Barnes held by National Library of Australia Manuscripts Section at MS 9497.

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