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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
1924 is complete. Moving forward to 1925.....

Dates: January 24-30
Site: Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney
Surface: Grass

Singles (Draw=26)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst [2]-bye
Muff Wilson d. Adeline Wilkens 6-2 5-7 6-4
Louie Bickerton d. Mrs M Grant 7-5 6-0
Jessie Watson d. Grace Paterson 9-7 7-5
Pattie Meaney d. Kath Le Messurier [4] 4-6 6-4 9-7
D Mackie d. Coral Buttsworth default
Minnie Richardson [6]-bye
Mrs GB Stephens- bye

Marjorie Cox [5] d. Ula Valkenburg 6-2 6-0
Flora Cameron d. Doris Smith 6-2 6-4
Esna Boyd [3] d. Floris St. George 6-2 6-0
Dorothy Weston d. R White 6-1 6-2
Margaret Knoblanche d. Sara Cox default
Edith Freudenstein-bye
Iris Woodd-bye
Sylvia Harper [1]-bye

2nd Round

Akhurst [2] d. Wilson 6-4 4-6 6-2
Watson d. Bickerton 6-4 5-7 6-3
Meaney d. Mackie 6-4 5-7 6-3
Richardson [6] d. Stevens 6-4 8-6

Cox [5] d. Cameron 6-3 6-8 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Weston 6-1 6-3
Knoblanche d. Freudenstein 6-2 6-4
Harper [1] d. Wood 6-1 6-1


Akhurst [2] d. Watson 6-1 6-4
Richardson [6] d. Meaney 6-4 1-6 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Cox [5] 4-6 6-0 9-7
Harper [1] d. Knoblanche 6-1 6-1


Akhurst [2] d. Richardson [6] 6-1 6-2
Boyd [3] d. Harper [1] 6-2 6-3

Daphne Akhurst [2] d. Esna Boyd [3] 1-6 8-6 6-4

Doubles (Draw=19)

1st Round

Anna Doyle/Phyllis Lester d. Mrs Evans/Margaret Knoblanche 6-2 6-4
Docker/Jessie Watson d. Mary Cooling/Mrs GB Stephens 6-2 6-2
Muff Wilson/Iris Woodd d. D Mackie/Ula Valkenburg 6-2 6-8 6-4

2nd Round

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Doyle/Lester 6-4 6-1
Edith Butcherine/Dot Weston d. ???? default
Louie Bickerton/Grace Paterson d. R White/Gwenyth Waterhouse 6-2 9-7
Marjorie Cox/Floris St. George [3] d. Minnie Richardson/Adeline Wilkens 6-3 6-1

Esna Boyd/Kath Le Messurier [2] d. Minnie Goodman/Nion Kenyon 6-3 6-4
Mrs Harper/M Holt d. Coral Buttsworth/O'Connor default
Pattie Meaney/Millie Mitchell [4] d. Flora Cameron/Nancy Fitzhardinge 7-5 7-9 6-3
Docker/Watson d. Wilson/Wood 6-3 9-7


Akhurst/Harper [1] d. Butcherine/Weston 6-2 6-1
Cox/St. George [3] d. Bickerton/Paterson 6-4 6-4
Boyd/Le Messurier [2] d. Harper/Holt 6-3 6-2
Meaney/Mitchell [4] d. Docker/Watson 6-4 6-2


Akhurst/Harper [1] d. Cox/St. George [3] 7-5 6-3
Boyd/Le Messurier [2] d. Meaney/Mitchell [4] 6-4 8-6

Daphne Akhurst/Sylvia Harper [1] d. Esna Boyd/Kath Le Messurier [2] 6-4 6-3

Mixed Doubles (Draw=16)

1st Round

Daphne Akhurst/John Willard [1] d. Phyllis Lester/Norman McDougall 8-6 6-3
Pattie Meaney/Aubrey Willard d. Ula Valkenburg/Walter Medcalf 6-4 6-2
Esna Boyd/Gar Hone [3] d. R White/Frank Blaxland 6-4 6-1
Louie Bickerton/Frank Peach d. Grace Paterson/Henry Marsh 7-5 6-3

Kath Le Messurier/Les Baker [4] d. Muff Wilson/Bob Spencer 6-1 12-10
Flora Cameron/George Crouch d. Dot Weston/Henry Morris Smith 6-3 6-3
Marjorie Cox/Rupert Wertheim d. Minnie Richardson/Robert Berriman 6-2 4-6 6-2
Sylvia Harper/Bob Schlesinger [2] d. Floris St. George/Francis Kalms 6-2 6-4


Akhurst/Willard [1] d. Meaney/Willard 8-6 7-5
Boyd/Hone [3] d. Bickerton/Peach 6-2 6-4
Le Messurier/Baker [4] d. Cameron/Crouch 6-3 6-3
Harper/Schlesinger [2] d. Cox/Wertheim 6-1 6-4

Akhurst/Willard [1] d. Boyd/Hone [3] 6-3 3-6 6-2
Harper/Schlesinger [2] d. Le Messurier/Baker [4] 6-4 6-3

Daphne Akhurst/John Willard [1] d. Sylvia Harper/Bob Schlesinger [2] 6-4 6-4

Draw notes:

The Mrs Harper who partners M Holt in the doubles is not Sylvia Lance Harper, who partners Akhurst.
Sylvia Lance has married since last year's event, She is now Mrs RR Harper.

Akhurst won her 1st Australasian title at the age of 21. She struggled past Wilson in an early round, a rival from her school days but her fitness, speed around the court, hard and low hitting as well as willingness to attack the net earned her an easy passage to the final after that. Esne Boyd struggled in her quarterfinal against Marjorie Cox (later to become Mrs. Jack Crawford) falling behind 3-5 in the 3rd, but winning the final set 9-7. Boyd then handled Sylvia Harper's (Lance) cut shots with ease in the semis, 6-2 6-3 to face Akhurst in the final.

Boyd's game plan was clear from the first point, to attack at all costs. She did it brilliantly in the first set, hitting deep to the corners and coming to the net to smash away Akhurst's lobs. 6-1 to Boyd. She relaxed ever so slightly in the 2nd and Akhurst's superior strength, technique and in the end of a close set, her temperament gave her an 8-6 advantage to level the match.

A tiring Boyd fought hard to reach 4-1 in the decider, but Akhurst steadied and took the final five games.

In an early round match Meaney upset Le Messurier. Kath recovered from 1-4 down in the final set and had a match point, but Meaney's ball, carried by the wind, hit smack on the line.

Notes courtesy of Louloubelle


Seeds courtesy of Gee Tee
Sydney Morning Herald

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Here is the updates unresolved names list:

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


Docker, Mrs (from NSW)-22-23
M Farnsworth-24
J Ferguson-24
Mrs GB Goodes-24
Grant, Mrs M (probably from NSW)-22 and 25.
Mrs Jackson (Qld)-24
E Johnson-24
Menzies, Miss D-22
I Morton-24
Mrs Parkinson (Qld)-24
Rock, Miss (could she be a relation to Nina Rock?)-22
Schultze, Miss-22
Mrs JA Simpson (we know she was Miss JG Keltie of Tasmania before marriage)-24
Stevens, Mrs GB (most likely Mrs George B Stevens (nee Cora Smith) but cannot say definitively.-22

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Morning! Here's a start:

Mrs GB STEVENS (as per 1923) not Ruth STEPHENS
Iris D WOODD (not a typo)
Miss D MACKIE (also played in schoolgirl's event)
Nancy FITZHARDINGE (nee Clubbe, Mrs RB FITZHARDINGE from 1909)
Miss M Holt
Mrs HARPER (doubles with Holt) is not Sylvia Harper (who plays with Akhurst)
Anna DOYLE (Mrs Andrew V DOYLE - nee Anna MORRIS) ('lady champion of the Northern Rivers' circa 1905)- AV DOYLE was a champion player of Northern NSW in the 1900s. He became a NSW selector circa 1910 and later a sportswriter, whose works included "How to improve your tennis" (1935)
Nion T KENYON (Mrs ALLSOPP from 1927)
Adeline WILKINS (Mrs Ross WILKINS from 1913, nee Adeline MORAN born 1892)
Mary JB JOHNSON (born 1893) (Mrs Harold C COOLING from 1915)

Matthew Henry 'Henry' MARSH (1876-1943) (played with Patterson - refer SMH of 28 Jan 25)
Leslie E 'Les' BAKER (with Le Messurier - refer SMH of 22&31 Jan 25)
Robert G 'Bob' SPENCER
Norman MCDOUGALL (1895-1938)

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Now if we can only find that rascally mising women's doubles result.
According to SMH, R1 draw was supposed to be:

Mackie Valkenburg v Wilson/Woodd
Stevens/Cooling v Docker/Watson
Harper/Akhurst v <blank>
Knoblanche/Evans d Doyle/Lester

All others had byes

In draw for R2, Weston was listed as Weston/----- v <blank>

So perhaps both <blank> teams were late withdrawals (or anticipated late nominations which did not eventually compete).

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As well as the extras I edited into my list a bit earlier:

Robert Harrold BERRIMAN

Hazel WEBBER - mixed 1922 with YENCKEN
Minnie GOODMAN (nee Atkins, Mrs Ralph J GOODMAN) - mixed 1922

Though Wilfred B DIVE is correct, Dive was known by his middle name 'Bruce'.
I suspect Miss ROCK (1922) is a Sydney University (circa 1918) tennis player.
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