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About Cvitan Fred Franich
"Cvitan (Fred) came to New Zealand at the age of 16 in 1898. He went to the gumfields where he realised that he was gifted with great physical strength. He was not tall (just short of 6 foot) but was powerfully build. He became a naturalised british subject in 1905 while working as a mill-hand at Aranga, north of Dargaville.
In 1904 Fred wrestled with a well-known wrestler named Pearce, who was impressed enough to recommend him to a professional instructor. He soon proved himself to be one of the strongest and best-known amateur wrestlers of the day. His feats of strength also attracted wide attention. In 1906 he repeated the act of Leon Stonfeld of London when he allowed an 1100-kg motor vehicle to be driven over his body while lying on a bed of nails.
The Great Franich became the toast of his compatriots on the gumfields. In 1907, Ante Kosavich, the gumfield's poet, wrote his ode in praise of Fred Franich, whom he regarded as a heroic knight whose memory was worthy of great honour:
"Dear gentle Lord on high today
Here upon Dalmatia's son you gaze. He stands proud, a heroic figure Born and mothered in Racisce"
In 1908 he left for Australia."
Cvitan Fred Franich's Timeline
October 5, 1882
Racisce, Korcula, Croatia
February 27, 1914
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
June 14, 1918
February 23, 1969
Kew, Victoria, Australia