On 8 and 9 May he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller at Thames.

On 20 to 24 May he fought daily exhibition bouts with William Miller.

On 25 May he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller.

On 26 May he fought an exhibition bout with William Miller.

On 27 May he fought exhibition bouts with William Miller and Jack Stack pole.

                   These fights were held at The Theatre Royal, Wellington

On 7 Mar 1882 Jem, Nellie and five year old Ellen Norah arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on the ss Rotorua. A souvenir picture of the ship is adjacent.

On 25 Mar Jem fought an exhibition bout with Fred Edmonds.

On 28 Mar he fought exhibition bouts with H. A. Keesing and R. Davis.

On 11 Apr he fought exhibition bouts with R. Davis and Fred Edmonds.

On 15 Apr he fought exhibition bouts with Barney Donovan and H. A. Keesing.

On 29 Apr he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller.

On 2 May he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller.

From 3 May he fought exhibition bouts with William Miller for four days.

          These fights were held at Lorne Street Hall, Aukland.

On 3,5,6 and 7 Jun he fought exhibition bouts with William Miller.

On 9 Jun he fought an exhibition bout with George Belcher.

           These fights were at the Gaiety Theatre, Christchurch.

On 12 Jun  he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller at Temuka.

On 13 and 14 Jun he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller at Timaru.

On 15 Jun he fought exhibition bouts with Fred Edmonds and William Miller at Oamaru.

On 17 to 24 Jun he fought daily exhibition bouts with William Miller.

On 29 Jun he fought exhibition bouts with William Miller and another.

On 30 Jun he fought an exhibition bout with William Miller.

On 5 Aug he fought an exhibition bout with a local amateur.

On 26 Aug he fought an exhibition bout with Herbert Slade.

             These fights were held at the Garrison Hall, Dunedin

On 13 and 14 Sep he fought exhibition bouts with Herbert Slade and George Belcher at the Theatre Royal, Timaru.

On 14 Oct he fought an exhibition bout with Herbert Slade at the Gaiety Theatre, Christchurch.

On 24 Oct he fought an exhibition bout with Herbert Slade at the Theatre Royal, Christchurch.

On 28 Oct he fought exhibition bouts with Herbert Slade and George Belcher (who suffered a technical knock out) at the Theatre Royal, Christchurch.

On 2 Dec he fought an exhibition bout with Herbert Slade at the Theatre Royal, Aukland.

On 4 Dec he fought an exhibition bout with H. A. Keeling at the Theatre Royal, Aukland.

Herbert Slade was the large, athletic son of an Irish father and Maori mother. He was 6ft 2in tall and weighed 225 lbs. His awesome appearance made him popular with audiences. He was an inept boxer but Jem decided that he could teach Herbert good technique and make good money promoting him in America.  

In January 1883 Jem and Herbert Slade moved to New York. The New York Times printed this article about his arrival.

During his 9 month stay in New Zealand, Jem worked hard to repair his finances.

On 8 Dec 1882 Jem, Nellie, Ellen Norah and Herbert Slade left New Zealand on the mail steamer. They arrived at San Francisco on 26 Dec 1882 and stayed at the Palace Hotel.

On 8 Jan 1883 Jem and Herbert Slade fought an exhibition bout in San Francisco. Following is an autographed advertising picture.

Here is a picture of Jem wrapped up against the New York winter as described in the article.

On 2 Feb 1883 Jem and Herbert Slade fought an exhibition bout at Madison Square Gardens, New York.

Richard K Fox, the editor of the Police Gazette had invited Jem to come to America so that he or Slade could fight Sullivan. He now pushed the fight so strongly that he found himself accused of aiding and abetting a prize fight and being bound over to keep the peace for a year with a bond of $1,000.

On 3 Feb there was an odd bit of legal wrangling. The Police brought a “writ of certiortari” against Jem and Herbert Slade. The writ effectively asks if there are grounds for arrest. The answer was presumably no, because there was no subsequent detention. Mr Fox was cunning, by using the name of his publication, the Police Gazette, in the promotion he made it psychologically more difficult for the Police to take any action against Jem or Slade. A cutting follows.

This is a picture of Jem taken when he was in San Franscisco.

1882 - 1883 …… Herbert Slade America …… (Third Time)

On 8 Feb and 6 Mar Jem and Slade boxed exhibitions at Madison Square Gardens.

From Mar until 20 Apr Jem and Slade toured giving a series of boxing exhibitions  in various places including Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pensylvania.

Jem had been angling to get a “big pay day” fight with Herbert Slade against the top American boxer, John L Sullivan. However Sullivan chose to fight Charlie Mitchell first and delay the Slade fight until August, so at the end of April, Jem’s party moved to England.

Back in Liverpool, Nellie was reunited with her  12 year old son, John George F Lee, who would became known by the surname Mace rather than Lee from this time on.

During May, Jem had a “private” fight with Lord Charles Beresford.

Jem and Slade gave exhibition bouts

On 18 May at Sheffield.

On 21 and 22 May at Drury Lane, London.

On 30 May at Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

England …… 1883

At this time, back in London, Jem and Hannah’s son, Benjamin Franklin Mace, (aged 11) who was living with his mother, fell through the ice on the Thames at Battersea and was drowned. His body was under the ice for 2 months before it was recovered at Rotherhithe.

In July Jem and his party returned to New York. The party now including Nellie’s son John but not daughter Ellen Norah. Another member of the party was a gypsy boxer and trainer called Nathan (Nixey) Lovell (b.1851). He was presumably brought as a trainer and second for Herbert Slade. They arrived on 16 July 1883 on the Alaska. This ship was  owned by the Guion Line, launched in July 1881 and was the first ship to cross the Atlantic in less than a week. A picture follows.

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(The gentry would sometimes pay for a fight with a professional boxer. It would clearly not be sensible for the professional to fight too strongly under these circumstances. See “The Fancy” page for details about Beresford.).

Between 23 Jun and 30 Jun Jem organised a “Farewell Benefit” at the Free Trade Hall Manchester. The top billed fight was between Alf Greenwood of Birmingham and John Burke for the English Heavyweight Championship. Greenwood was declared the winner after a close contest and was presented with a belt by Jem. The belt was subsequently stolen from Alf’s pub. Four men were charged with the theft  but were acquitted.

Subsequently a replacement belt was manufactured and presented to Alf Greenwood. The belt was eventually won outright by P. Hickey on 12 Jan 1918.

Below are pictures of the replacement belt.