Tag Archives: Francois Fouche

Russian Wins Fast Contest

The Argus – November 15, 1937

Wrestling Season Ends

Wrestling of a high standard was presented by Matros Kirllenko (16.1) the Russian who defeated Francois Fouche (6.9), the debonair Frenchman, by two falls to one at West Melbourne Stadium on Saturday night. It was the last match of the season. Continue reading


Sporting Broadcasts From 3UZ

The Argus – December 4, 1937

Commencing on Monday night 3UZ will resume its sporting broadcasts from the Fitzroy Stadium, with Jack Gurry at the microphone. The opening wrestling bout of the new series will be between John Spellman (U.S.A.) and Francois Fouche (France). The broadcasts will be heard at 9.20 each Monday night.

Frenchman’s Debut

The Argus – November 13, 1937

Francois Fouche, the French wrestler, who will have his first Australian contest against Matros Kirilenko, the Russian, at the West Melbourne Stadium to-night, is a clever leg wrestler. He also specialises in a “Boston crab.” Continue reading

French Wrestler Arrives

The Argus – November 10, 1937

Francois Fouche, the French wrestler, arrived from Sydney by aeroplane yesterday for his contest with Matros Kirilenko, of Russia, at West Melbourne on Saturday night. Fouche is a magnificently pro- portioned athlete. He is 6ft. 4in. in height and weighs about 16st. 71b. He has been wrestling for 11 years, and has had about 700 contests. Continue reading

Film Star’s Guard Dead

The Sun-Herald – July 21, 1968

Mr Fouche in his wrestling days

Mr Fouche in his wrestling days

HOBART, Saturday. – A Hobart man, who was a former world champion professional wrestler and bodyguard to child screen star Shirley Temple, has been killed in a road smash near here. Continue reading

Rough Hobart Bout

The Argus – September 13, 1938

HOBART, Monday.–A capacity house In the City Hall, Hobart, to-night, saw the most sensational contest of the current series of wrestling bouts when Francois Fouche and Tony Felice met in a match scheduled for eight rounds. Continue reading

Fouche in Training

The Argus – November 12, 1937

Francois Fouche, the French wrestler, who meets Matros Kirilenko, the Russian, at the West Melbourne Stadium on Saturday night, trained strenuously yesterday with Geoff Weber, the young Victorian. Fouche intends to remain in Australia for some time, and he will wrestle throughout the summer at the Leichhardt Stadium, Sydney.

Ex-Wrestler On Trial

The Argus – September 23, 1942

HOBART, Tues: Francois Fouche, coffee lounge proprietor, and former professional wrestler, appeared for trial today on a charge of manslaughter of Leslie Joseph Appleton at Hobart, on, August 22. The charge arises out of Incidents at a coffee lounge on August 22 and Appleton’s death in hospital the following day. The Crown alleges Appleton was hit with a club. The trial will be resumed tomorrow.

Angry Crowd Hoots Arrested Man

The Argus – August 24, 1942

Shot Fired

HOBART, Sun: There were angry scenes outside a cafe in Hobart to- night when the proprietor, Francois Fouche, former professional wrestler, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter. Continue reading

Mr. Francois Fouche (78) Dead After Collision

The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – July 20, 1968

One of Hobart’s most colourful characters was dead yesterday after a two-car, head-on collision near Granton.

He was 78-year-old Francois Fouche, of Sandy Bay Rd. — a former world champion professional wrestler and one-time bodyguard of Shirley Temple when she was a child star.

Mr. Fouche was driving towards Hobart when his car and the Collinsvale mail van driven by Mrs. Nita Burr were in a head-on collision.

Mrs. Burr, of Main Rd., Berriedale, and her passenger, Miss Mary Rubenach, of Avoca, last night were in serious condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Mrs. Burr has a fractured skull and knee, and Miss Rubenach severe facial injuries.

From his arrival in Hobart in the 1930s, Mr. Fouche — a French-Canadian — was a controversial figure.

He was one of Hobart’s biggest men, and his physique at the time of his death belied his years.

In 1942, he was acquitted of the manslaughter of a man at an Elizabeth St. cafe, the Stagedoor Canteen. Mr. Fouche ran this night-time eat-and-dance cafe opposite the Hobart G.P.O. It was patronised by servicemen on leave in Hobart.

The man, Leslie Appleton, died on his way to Hobart police headquarters.

In 1948 Mr. Fouche was advanced $43,800 of an $83,000 loan — on the mortgage of his hotel at Old Beach — by the Public Service Superannuation Fund Board.

When the board resigned in 1949, the new board refused to make further advances.

Mr. Fouche proceeded against the new board for the balance of the loan.

After a 19-day Supreme Court hearing in September, 1950, the then-Chief Justice (Sir John Morris) gave judgment against him.

On Christmas Day, 1951, a fire caused $160,000 damage to the Old Beach Hotel.

An open finding was recorded on the fire at an inquiry held four months later.

In 1952, Mr. Fouche appealed to the Full High Court against Sir John Morris’ ruling.

The Full High Court upheld the ruling and Mr. Fouche was ordered to repay the $43,800 he had borrowed.

The Court also said the previous members of the board had been guilty of gross negligence in advancing the money.

Mr. Fouche’s interest in physical fitness enabled him to give help to many people who sought his advice on bone and muscle ailments.

Mr. Fouche always retained his dream of building a luxury country club style hotel at Old Beach.

Two years ago, he brought Australia’s top golf architect, Sam Berriman, to design a “world championship course” on 350 acres at Old Beach.