Torsten Anderson

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Tom Anderson
Personal information
Birth nameTorsten Reinhold Andersson
Born(1904-02-09)9 February 1904
Sollefteå, Sweden
Died19 December 1986(1986-12-19) (aged 82)
Spouse(s)
Irene Cory (m. 1934)
Sport
CountryNew Zealand
SportWrestling

Torsten Reinhold "Tom" Anderson (né Andersson, 9 February 1904 – 19 December 1986) was a New Zealand wrestler who represented his country at the 1938 British Empire Games.

Biography[edit]

Born in Sollefteå, Sweden, on 9 February 1904, Anderson was the son of Johan Reinhold Andersson and Fanny Sofia Hägglund.[1][2]

Anderson began wrestling in 1925 when he met Anton Koolmann at the latter's newly established wrestling school in Sydney, Australia.[3] The pair would later reconnect in Wellington after both had moved to New Zealand.[3]

Anderson became a naturalised New Zealand citizen on 12 January 1938,[4] less than a month before the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney. At those games, he competed in the freestyle wrestling light-heavyweight (90 kg) division, finishing in fourth place.[5][6][7]

Anderson died on 19 December 1986, and he was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death search: registration number 1986/47765". Births, deaths & marriages online. Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sweden, indexed birth records, 1859–1943". Ancestry.com Operations. 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Amateur wrestling test". Evening Post. 17 April 1937. p. 22. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. ^ "New Zealand, naturalisations, 1843–1981". Ancestry.com Operations. 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Torsten Anderson". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Results for the 1938 British Empire Games – Wrestling – Freestyle – 90kg – Men". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Empire Games: New Zealand team". The Advocate. 7 January 1938. p. 3. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Cemeteries database". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 11 October 2017.