One of the things I recall from my younger years is the boxing school that my father ran together with Fred Moir. The years I remember would probably have been my early teens I guess when my father had a gymnasium of sorts in the Kaikorai Presbyterian Sunday School Hall. I imagine his line of work at the Hillside Railway Workshops was an ideal grounding for some of the apparatus that was crafted such as rings, bars, and the floor fittings to hook things into without ruining the wooden floor.
I must admit that boxing was ‘no way’ a thing I wanted to do, although I obviously did for a while to please my father. Fred Moir lived in Maori Hill as I recall and this seems to be confirmed via early street directories. The basement level of the Coronation Hall in Maori Hill was another gymnasium for this team of Gilchrist & Moir’s Boxing classes, likewise with metal fittings in the floor to facilitate mounting the various apparatus.
(Original article by Alan Gilchrist)