Australian gold at the 1962 Games
This newsreel shows highlights of boxing, fencing, weightlifting and swimming competitions where Australia won gold at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
Australian boxer Tony Madigan defeats Ghana’s Jogo Miles to win gold. He is one of just five Australians to win an Olympic boxing medal and the most successful boxer in Commonwealth Games history. He competed in boxing at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics and lost to Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) at the 1960 Olympics.
Fencer Ivan Lund wins gold in the Épée. He also competed in four Olympic Games.
Arthur Shannos, a transport driver from Newcastle, becomes the first Australian heavyweight to win a weightlifting gold medal. English weightlifter David Prowse didn't win a medal at these games but went on to portray Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie franchise.
Swimming legend Murray Rose won four gold medals at these games. He also went on to become a six-time Olympic medallist (four gold, one silver, one bronze). Rose was a strict vegetarian during his swimming career and was nicknamed the 'Seaweed Streak'.