View Full Version : 1923 Australian Draw

Oct 31st, 2011, 03:52 PM
1922 is as good as it gets for now-so we move forward to 1923.

Dates: Saturday August 11th - Saturday August 18th
Site: Milton Courts, in suburb of Auchenflower, Brisbane Australia
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Mall Molesworth-bye
Alice Bell-bye
Sylvia Lance d. Mrs Docker 6-3 6-1
Emily Roe d. Keyden Irving 6-2 10-8

Margaret Haymen d. Beryl Turner 6-2 7-5
Jessie Watson d. Floris St George 10-8 6-1
Millie Mitchell d. Beryl Rosser 6-3 6-4
Esna Boyd-bye


Molesworth d. Bell 6-2 6-1
Lance d. Roe 6-0 6-4
Haymen d. Watson 7-5 8-6
Boyd d. Mitchell 6-1 6-3


Molesworth d. Lance 3-6 6-4 8-6
Boyd d. Haymen 6-2 6-2

Mall Molesworth d. Esna Boyd 6-1 7-5

Doubles (Draw=9)

Preliminary Round

Emily Roe/Margaret Haymen d. Jessie Watson/Floris St George 3-6 6-4 6-1


W Kelly/Florence Jackson d. Marjorie Byram/Dorothy Hawthorn 6-0 7-5
Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner d. Corinne Gould/Keyden Irving 6-1 6-3
Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d Phyllis Briggs/Beryl Rosser 6-2 6-1
Roe/Haymen d. Mrs Docker/Millie Mitchell 6-4 6-4


Moleworth/Turner d. Kelly/Jackson default
Boyd/Lance d. Roe/Haymen 6-2 7-5

Esna Boyd/Sylvia Lance d. Mall Molesworth/Beryl Turner 6-1 6-4

Mixed Doubles (Draw=13)

1st Round

Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d Mrs Parkinson/Vincent Swayne 6-4 6-0
Floris St. George/Lisle Terrey-bye
Esna Boyd/Pat O'Hara Wood d W Kelly/Walter Harold Smith 6-4 6-3
Keyden Irving/Fitzroy Cory-bye

Mall Molesworth/Bert St. John d Emily Roe/Alf Thurlow 6-4 6-1
Mrs Docker/Harold Illingworth-bye
Millicent Mitchell/Edward Jordan d Beryl Turner/Leonard Thulow 7-5 6-4
Jessie Watson/Dudley Bullough d Margaret Haymen/Dick North 4-6 6-3 6-1


Lance/Rice d St George/Terry 10-8 6-2
Boyd/O'Hara Wood d Irving/Cory 6-4 6-2
Molesworth/St. John d Docker/Illingworth 6-3 6-1
Mitchell/Jordan d Watson/Bullough 7-5 6-4


Lance/Rice d. Boyd/O'Hara Wood 6-4 6-4
Molesworth/St. John d. Mitchell/Jordan 7-5 6-3

Sylvia Lance/Horrie Rice d. Mall Molesworth/Bert St John 2-6 6-4 6-4

Draw notes:

Mrs Docker, Miss Haymen, Mrs Jackson and Miss Kelly all hail from Queensland. Many of the unkwown male players in this year's event probably also hailed from Queensland.

*Mrs JL Briggs=nee Phyllis Moxon

*Margaret Haymen (see note below for Roe)

*GeeTee notes that Miss W Kelly probably equals Winifred "Winnie" Kelly.

*Emily Dawson Roe (nee Haymen) married Arthur Stanley Roe on 22 January 1917. The official site incorrectly uses "Rose". Aussie papers list Mrs Roe as Mrs AS Roe. Judith (born by 1928), the only daughter of Dr and Mrs A.S. Roe, was married in 1948 to Eric Russell. The 3 Haymen daughters were the children of M. G. (Montague Granville) Haymen (died 1941), director of a Queenland Bank. Margaret Haymen (who wed Charles Clark (1902-1965) on 12 December 1928) and Nell Hayman (married to Englishman Timothy Patrick Honnor on 11 July 1937). Emily is our "Mrs Roe" in this draw. "Miss Haymen" is the second daughter Margaret.is is less certain.

Mrs H Turner=nee Beryl Spowers

AL North=Dr Allan Lindsay "Dick" North.



Molesworth survived a match point against Lance in the semis. Lance's volleying won the first set 6-3 and her backhand was standing up well. Molesworth switched attack in the 2nd set to Lance's stronger wing, the forehand, which broke up Lance's rhythm. Winning the 2nd set 6-4 and streaking to 5-2, Lance made a final stand to reach match point at 6-5 40-30. On this point she played a near perfect drop shot, in which Molesworth charged in, just reached the ball on spooned it over for a clear winner. Lance's chance was gone, and Molesworth won the 3rd 8-6. Her opponent was again Boyd who recovered from a 1st set 1-6 beating to lead 3-1 40-30. But an appalling line call against Boyd demoralised her and Molesworth shot to 5-3. Despite a last desperate effort to retrieve the deficit, Boyd lost 6-1 7-5.

Mixed champion Horrie Rice was 51 years of age, finalist St John was 44.



Andrew Tas
Gee Tee

A Brisbane Courier report on the final

Brisbane Courier report from the 16th:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/20632551?searchTerm=swayne%20tennis&searchLimits=exactPhrase|||anyWords|||notWords|||l-textSearchScope=*ignore*%7C*ignore*|||fromdd|||fro mmm|||fromyyyy=1923|||todd|||tomm|||toyyyy=1923||| l-word=*ignore*%7C*ignore*|||sortby

Oct 31st, 2011, 03:53 PM
Here is the list of Unresolved names

Unresolved names (where we lack a real first name/identity)


Docker, Mrs (from NSW)-22-23
Goodman, RJ-22
Grant, Mrs M (probably from NSW)-22
Kelly, Miss (from Queensland)
Menzies, Miss D-22
Rock, Miss (could she be a relation to Nina Rock?)-22
Schultze, Miss-22
Stevens, Mrs GB (most likely Mrs George B Stevens (nee Cora Smith) but cannot say definitively.-22
Webber, H (she was from NSW)-22


Henderson, SH-22
Lane, GP-22

Oct 31st, 2011, 09:24 PM

The Grand Slam book has Winter Irving-we use Keyden. Resolve (Resolved in favor of Keyden)

The Grand Slam book uses L Terrey. I have Terry. One of us is in error. (I was in error-it' Terrey)

Margaret Haymen and Mrs Roe are both verified.

Additional missing names:

Gould, Mrs (Corinne-according to the GS Book)
Miss Kelly (Qld)
Mrs Parkinson (Qld)

Oct 31st, 2011, 11:04 PM
Hi Rollo, here are a few bits:

The Championships were played at the Milton Courts, which are located in the inner-Brisbane suburb of Auchenflower.

It would be Margaret G HAYMEN (born 1904) who played as Nell C HAYMEN (born 1912) is too young to have been a serious participant.

Edith Beryl (Beryl) ROSSER born 1899

Mrs Docker was from NSW, not Qld

Lisle C TERREY born 1889 in Kiama, NSW was a contemporary of 'Barney' Utz at Sydney University. He played in Southern France and England (including Wimbledon) in early 1925, touring with his wife (nee Eileen SLY).

Lionel Emmanuel OXENHAM
Leslie Garfield PLANE
Cecil Bertram 'Bert' ST JOHN

Mixed champion Horrie Rice was 51 years of age, finalist St John was 44.

Think that's all I can add at the moment.

Nov 1st, 2011, 12:24 AM
Think that's all I can add at the moment.

So modest a sentence when this is a goldmine of information GT:worship:

Was Leonard Thurlow the brother of "Alf" Thurlow?

and Keyden Irving (not Winter) is correct?

Nov 1st, 2011, 01:51 AM
^ Yes, it seems they were brothers, but a fair age between them - Alfred born 1884 and Leonard 1899. May Thurlow (b 1888) who also had some success on the court is a sister. Mrs Thurlow popped out 5 kids in 8 years but then seems to have gone on strike between May and Len..

Keyden Irving (born 1894) is listed in Qld Birth, Deaths & Marriages (named after her mother Keyden) but no listing of any Winter Irving I can find in Qld(even though that doesn't always guarantee anything). The name Keyden's also mentioned in a number of newspaper reports covering social tennis events with other well known players/family names. So I guess I'm fairly confident, but wouldn't bet my life!

There were a bunch of sisters Margaret Helen (Mrs Frederick MEAD from 1925), Joan (Mrs FW HEATH from 1925) and Quentin (Mrs E de LITTLE from 1928) WINTER-IRVING who played club tournaments and at least one played in the Victorian titles in Melbourne,. They seem to be from a well-to-do horse-racing family, but don't appear to be a truly elite players. They had a cousin who also played tennis - Janet WINTER-IRVING (Mrs Keith TOLHURST from 1930).

One of them does seem to have played in the 1924 Australian mixed (not Quentin), but I can't identify which.

Nov 2nd, 2011, 10:50 PM
Thanks GeeTee!

Do we know if the Swayne here was an E. Swayne or a V. Swayne?

Eric Swayne=E Swayne.

Nov 2nd, 2011, 11:36 PM
^ He's both! :)

It's Vincent Edward SWAYNE. His brother Wallis Eric SWAYNE was six years younger and they occasionally played doubles together.

Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:12 PM
^ He's both! :)

It's Vincent Edward SWAYNE. His brother Wallis Eric SWAYNE was six years younger and they occasionally played doubles together.

I see. Since the Trove results for 1923 usually list a V Swayne I'll go with Vincent Swayne (Qld)

Thank you sir.

Nov 7th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Finished and moving on to 1924. Note that The Grand Slam book has a first name of Corinne for Mrs Gould.

Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:13 PM
Per GeeTee E Jordan=Edward Jordan. Added.

Thanks GT:)

Feb 7th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Per this page I am strongly convinced that Miss Hawthorn is Miss Dorothy Hawthorn.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/20646437?searchTerm=tennis&searchLimits=exactPhrase|||anyWords|||notWords|||l-textSearchScope=*ignore*%7C*ignore*|||fromdd=10||| frommm=08|||fromyyyy=1923|||todd=20|||tomm=08|||to yyyy=1923|||l-title=%7C16|||l-word=*ignore*%7C*ignore*|||sortby

Feb 8th, 2012, 01:22 AM
^ The doubles partner was Marjorie BYRAM (Mrs Jack LIPSCOMBE from 26 March 1924) not BRYAN.

Byram (born 1896) was a few years older than Dorothy Hawthorn (born 1899) so there's a slight chance it might be Dorothy's older sister Alice (born 1895).

ETA coupla others:

"AL North" = Dr Allan Lindsay 'Dick' NORTH
"A Bell" = Alice BELL
"Miss Kelly' = W KELLY (probably Winifred 'Winnie' KELLY)
"A Illington" = Dr Harold ILLINGWORTH
"WHW Smith" = Walter Harold SMITH
"Mrs Jackson" = Florence Emelda FINCH (Mrs Frank JACKSON from 1923)

Feb 10th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Mille Thanks GT! All edited and added.