Chilean boxer Hector Villarroel or Victor Reyes posing on GENERAL BAQUEDANO

Sam HoodJuly 1931

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

GENERAL BAQUEDANO was built in 1898 and was used as a training vessel for young sailors. In 1931, GENERAL BAQUEDANO visited Sydney during a training cruise of Pacific nations that included New Zealand and Suva, Fiji. One hundred days out of Valparaiso, Chile the training ship arrived in Sydney. GENERAL BAQUEDANO was commanded by Captain Luis Alvarez and his crew consisted of seventeen officers, three sub-officers and 292 men including a number of ratings.

Two members of the Chilean crew participated in a boxing match at the Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay on the night of the 25 July. Hector Villarroel (a lightweight) and Victor Reyes (a bantamweight) were both beaten in their matches by Bill Wooller and Keith Tangye respectively. This photograph depicts either Villarroel or Reyes posing on the deck of GENERAL BAQUEDANO.

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  • Title: Chilean boxer Hector Villarroel or Victor Reyes posing on GENERAL BAQUEDANO
  • Creator: Samuel J Hood Studio
  • Date: July 1931
  • Location: Circular Quay
  • Type: Photograph
  • Significance: The Samuel J Hood photographic collection records an extensive range of maritime activity on Sydney Harbour, including sail and steam ships, crew portraits, crews at work, ship interiors, stevedores loading and unloading cargo, port scenes, pleasure boats and harbourside social activities from the 1890s through to the 1950s. They are also highly competent artistic studies and views - Hood was regarded as an important figure in early Australian photojournalism. Hood’s maritime photographs are one of the most significant collections of such work in Australia.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Glass plate negative
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection