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Join this Vicfix campaign and come to grips with the wrestling craze

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About wrestling

In the mid-19th century, the old sport of wrestling gained popularity among English ex-pats in Victoria. The 'simple, straightforward, manly, close-hugging, back-hold "worstle"' of the north of England was one of the more popular regional styles; others included those of Cornwall, Devon and Durham. The Dublin 'collar and elbow' style was disparaged. All styles had one common theme: to throw your opponent to the ground.

Historical newspapers offer reports of wrestling matches from Ballarat to Prahran, held in dusty vacant lots and capacious indoor arenas, where men were recognised and rewarded by the sporting public for their 'courage, determination and skill'. 

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