Gerald Backhouse

Deceased

Updated: 2021-07-03

Victoria

Bio

Gerald Backhouse was a champion schoolboy athlete who went on to win six consecutive Victorian Mile Championships & four Victorian 880 Yards Championships.

Backhouse was a Sergeant in the Royal Australian Air Force, serving on attachment with the Royal Air Force during World War II. He died in a practice bombing flight over England on 28 December 1941, aged 29 years.

Track ChampionshipsRoad ChampionshipsOff-Road Championships
1933 Victorian 880 Yards
1935 Victorian Mile
1935-36 Australian 880 Yards
1935-36 Australian Mile
1936 Victorian 880 Yards
1936 Victorian Mile
1937 Victorian Mile
1937-38 Australian 880 Yards
1937-38 Australian Mile
1938 Victorian 880 Yards
1938 Victorian Mile
1939 Victorian 880 Yards
1939 Victorian Mile
1940 Victorian Mile
International CompetitionOlympic GamesCommonwealth Games
 1936 Berlin1938 Sydney
World RecordsAustralian RecordsState Records
Australian 880 Yards - 1m 55s - 18 Jan 1936
Australian 1500m - 3m 59s - 25 Jan 1936
* Records set en-route to longer distance.
^ Overseas performances not recognised as records before 1969.
# Best on record for Non-Record Events.

Media

1936: For Berlin: Australia's Champions

Results

DateNamePositionResult    
24/02/1940 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final2Unknown    
22/02/1940 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Heat 112:00.8  
14/02/1940 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Heat 214:28.6  
07/02/1940 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:20.2  
04/03/1939 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final11:57.2  
23/02/1939 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Heat 312:00.4  
18/02/1939 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:22    
16/02/1939 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Heat 214:23.7  
26/02/1938 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Heat 211:59.8  
26/02/1938 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final11:56.6  
19/02/1938 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:16.8  
11/12/1937 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 880 Yards Heat 212:05.2  
11/12/1937 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 880 Yards Final11:57.8  
04/12/1937 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's Mile Final14:21.8  
20/02/1937 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Heat 24Unknown    
20/02/1937 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final2Unknown    
13/02/1937 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:19.9  
11/02/1937 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Heat 214:34.5  
05/08/1936 Games of the XI Olympiad Men's 1500m Heat 37Unknown    
04/08/1936 Games of the XI Olympiad Men's 800m Final8Unknown    
03/08/1936 Games of the XI Olympiad Men's 800m Semi Final 221:53.2  
02/08/1936 Games of the XI Olympiad Men's 800m Heat 411:57.7  
14/03/1936 St Patrick's Day Carnival V.A.A.A. 880 Yards Handicap51:56    
29/02/1936 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final11:56.4  
22/02/1936 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:20.1  
25/01/1936 Australian National Games Men's 1500m13:59    
18/01/1936 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's 880 Yards11:55    
15/01/1936 Australian Track & Field Championships Men's Mile14:24.2  
21/12/1935 Victorian Selection Trial Men's 880 Yards Section 111:59.4  
14/12/1935 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's A Grade Mile14:22.5  
07/12/1935 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's A Grade 880 Yards11:59.2  
23/11/1935 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's A Grade 880 Yards11:58    
19/10/1935 Triangular Track Meeting Men's A Grade 880 Yards12:01    
07/09/1935 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles20Unknown    
29/06/1935 St Stephen's Harriers Pack Run Men's 6 Miles1NTR    
23/02/1935 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Heat 13Unknown    
16/02/1935 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final14:24.1  
02/02/1935 Centenary Games Interstate Mile14:27.5  
28/01/1935 Centenary Games Men's 800m11:55.9  
26/01/1935 Centenary Games Men's Mile14:18.1  
17/11/1934 Athletics Victoria Interclub Men's A Grade Mile14:29.6  
16/11/1934 Adwalton Preparatory School Athletic Carnival Old Boys 100 Yards1NTR    
16/11/1934 Adwalton Preparatory School Athletic Carnival Old Boys 440 Yards1NTR    
30/06/1934 St Stephen's Harriers Pack Run Men's 6 Miles1NTR    
01/09/1933 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 10 Miles655:37    
19/08/1933 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles1028:38    
22/07/1933 Frank Ferguson Memorial Handicap1735:06    
20/05/1933 St Stephen's Harriers Pack Run Men's 5 Miles2NTR    
13/05/1933 St Stephen's Harriers Pack Run Men's 5 Miles1NTR    
25/02/1933 Victorian Championship Men's 3 Miles Final6Unknown    
23/02/1933 Victorian Championship Men's 880 Yards Final11:58.3  
18/02/1933 Victorian Championship Men's Mile Final3Unknown    
15/08/1931 Victorian Cross Country Championship Men's 5 Miles1127:50    
25/10/1929 Combined Public School Sports Open Men's Mile14:50.4  

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