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Billiards championship, Christchurch, 1909

Billiards championship, Christchurch, 1909

This photo of a billiards championship in Christchurch, 1909, shows clearly the spectator interest in events. Sizeable crowds would also come to watch the games of professional players. The great professionals, such as New Zealander Clark McConachy, began their careers in amateur championships such as the one shown here.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
Reference: 1/1-009261-G
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Peter Clayworth, 'Billiards, snooker, pool and darts - The rise and fall of professional billiards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013