Man dies af­ter boxing bout win

But fall in ho­tel bath­room blamed for his death

The Northern Star - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA ELLEY

IT WAS a sud­den death, to­tally un­ex­pected, and to a young, healthy man who was fight­ing fit.

Born in 1913 in Bris­bane to Percy and Lucy, Lawrence Chute was a well-known fig­ure around Co­raki, hav­ing worked at the post of­fice for four years.

He was also sec­re­tary of the Co­raki branch of the Hiber­nian So­ci­ety, an Ir­ish Catholic fra­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion where mem­bers must be Catholic and ei­ther born in Ire­land or of Ir­ish de­scent.

The night the 19-year-old would meet his death was a Satur­day at a boxing match held at the Co­raki sta­dium in late Jan­uary 1932.

The crowd at the open air sta­dium saw Lawrence and an­other young boxer, Gordon Thomas, go six rounds be­fore Thomas threw in the towel.

Lawrence was de­clared the win­ner.

Both men had been de­clared phys­i­cally fit be­fore the bout.

It was men­tioned af­ter the fight that Lawrence had come away from the en­counter com­pletely un­marked.

He then left to shower at a friend’s place be­fore re­turn­ing to watch a sec­ond fight.

While sit­ting ring­side, Lawrence com­plained that his head was start­ing to hurt.

He was taken back to his friend’s room, which was at the Club Ho­tel, and af­ter a short lie-down he col­lapsed and hur­ried to the Camp­bell Hospi­tal. By 11.30pm he was dead.

It was said at the time, the death had noth­ing to do with the fight, but hap­pened when Lawrence slipped in the ho­tel bath­room, hit­ting his head.

A coro­nial in­quest found no blame on any­one in­volved in the boxing tour­na­ment and that death was caused by a cere­bral haem­or­rhage.

Lawrence is buried at Co­raki ceme­tery, shar­ing his grave with his par­ents Percy, who fol­lowed him nine years later, and Lucy, who died in 1968.

Ref­er­ences: Births, deaths, mar­riages Queens­land, https: //www.fam­i­ly­his­tory.bdm.; Co­raki Man’s Sud­den Death, Casino and Kyo­gle Courier and North Coast Ad­ver­tiser, Fe­bru­ary 3, 1932; Co­raki fa­tal­ity af­ter boxing bout, The Kyo­gle Ex­am­iner, Fe­bru­ary 5, 1932; ‘Death of Lawrence Chute, The Rich­mond River Her­ald and North­ern Dis­trict Ad­ver­tiser, Fe­bru­ary 5, 1932.

Photo: Sa­man­tha Elley

The grave­stone of Lawrence Chute.

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