Category Archives: Perera

New Booklet

Our booklet is now available. The booklet itself is free but we have to make a small charge to recoup post and packing costs. To order click ‘Booklet’ in the menu bar above.  

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The beautiful game at Fairlight, Edgbaston.

Here’s an article from the Birmingham Post of 3rd June 2000 telling the story of Gem and Perera. Since then it has been established that Gem and Perera’s game dates from as early as 1859, not 1865 and their Leamington … Continue reading

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Blue plaques for Gem and Perera in Leamington

        On Wednesday 16th October 2019 blue plaques were unveiled in honour of Harry Gem and Augurio Perera in Leamington Spa. We are pleased to have cooperated in this project with Robert Nash, Town Clerk of Royal … Continue reading

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‘Fairlight’ – Royal Leamington Spa

The former home of Augurio Perera, lawn tennis pioneer, in Avenue Road, Royal Leamington Spa. This is located just along the road from the Manor House Hotel where Perera and Harry Gem, together with doctors Haynes and Tomkins, founded the … Continue reading

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Grave restoration – step three

The York stone plinth is now in position. All that remains now is to build the superstructure, once the original ledger stone has been engraved with Ellen Maria’s details and the side panel with the dedication to Gem and Perera … Continue reading

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Grave Restoration Appeal – Video

We’ll be launching a Crowdfunder Appeal in June to raise the remainder of the money required to commission the work to restore Harry’s grave. In the meantime, here’s an extended version of our video giving some of the background to … Continue reading

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A Birmingham Gem

Article from the Birmingham Post of 9th October 1962, the 100th anniversary of Harry Gem’s run from Birmingham to Warwick.

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal

We’ve raised just in excess of £5,500 so far and need another £2,000 – 2,500 in order to commission the work. On top of that we hope to raise £1,000 – 1,500 to hold in trust to cover future maintenance … Continue reading

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Gem’s Leamington Club formed in 1874 not 1872

It has been assumed that Gem and Perera moved to Leamington Spa in 1872 and formed their Leamington club in the same year. Research commissioned by Bob Everitt, of the Tennis Collectors’ Society, indicates that Gem had moved into the … Continue reading

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‘Court on Canvas’ – a book for all lovers of lawn tennis

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