The horse weighs 1000 lb. Bill’s weight, then was 12 stone.
– Lithgow Mercury June 28 1951
I also used to pull cars and horse teams and I always won.
“The most dangerous stunt was – you’d arch your stomach up in the air and your back right up is an arch and there was a big knife up in the ground underneath me. Then a big rock on my chest. If I’d gone down an inch or two it’d go right through me stomach.
“I never paid much to prizes or medals or that because the whole thing was to do it and I was satisfied. It was a relaxation from the mining. I like a good book – I reckon it is a magic carpet ride for a poor man to travel.
“I never drank or smoked or knocked myself about.
“During the Depression I used to go down to Sydney every two or three weeks to wrestle with fighters like Rocky Britton and Ed Charles down at the old Leichhardt stadium. In Balmain Street. We used to get ten quid if we won and nothing is we lost.”
Bill died in May, 1974, the year after I had recorded him.
In 2005 I began corresponding with his relative (and namesake) Bill Coleman of Sydney who was able to send me photographs and newspaper reports on Bill’s life and especially his career as a ‘strong man’.