Joe Wallis’ Cricketers Arms


The Cricketers Arms Hotel, Surry Hills 2016. Photo: Time Gents

milkJOE WALLIS, well-known boxing referee, giving away milk to children of the district outside his hotel in Surry Hills recently. The milk had been given to him by one of his customers in exchange for a bottle of beer. It was the first milk the children had drunk that day. From left: Donald Friedwald, Alex Bradshaw, Windsor Chrispin (Wallis extreme right).
Call and Bailey’s Weekly (Perth)Thursday 25 January 1945.
joe wallis boxing ref C1940

Boxers Harry Collins and Sid Godfrey shake hands in front of referee and Cricketers Arms publican, Joe Wallis C1940. Picture: S.J. Hood.

joe wallis boxing refereeJoseph John Wallis (pictured right), owned the Cricketers’ Arms Hotel, Moore Park Sydney. He was a boxing referee, born at St Peters, the eldest child of Sydney-born parents Joseph and Georgina Newton.
Like many working-class youths, Joe boxed for money and masculine honour.
After substituting in a bout for a friend called Wallis, he assumed that surname. He fought as a featherweight at the Gaiety Athletic Club, Castlereagh Street, but soon turned welterweight.
In later years he became a successful boxing referee.
Besides the Cricketers’ Arms, which he was granted a license in October 1941, Wallis also ran a gymnasium. He died of cancer, aged 63,  on October 30 1952 at Camperdown and was buried in Woronora cemetery.

Funeral of a fight referee

SYDNEY. —Boxing identities crowded the funeral of famous fight referee, Joe Wallis , at Darlinghurst. Hundreds of spectators stood around and watched until the funeral cortege finally moved off to the Woronora Cemetery.
The funeral procession moved along Flinders St. into Dowling St., then Fitzroy St., passed the Cricketers Arms Hotel, where Mr. Wallis was licensee.
One of the world’s leading boxing referees, his real name was Joe Newton, but he adopted the name of Wallis for boxing.
Chief mourners were his widow, Mrs. Alice Newton, and his sons, Joseph and Robert.
The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld.) Monday 5 January 1953

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