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Gem’s Grave

Gem’s grave and temporary plaque in the March sunlight.   This area of Warstone Lane Cemetery is looking so much tidier than when I first found Harry’s grave. Click link below for a short video: IMG_0623

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Who was Perera?

Much has been written about Harry Gem but of his friend and co-pioneer in lawn tennis not much is known. He was described thus in a newspaper report entitled ‘THE OLD RACQUET CLUB, BATH STREET – A BIT OF BIRMINGHAM … Continue reading

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Gem in the news……

The following articles appeared in the Birmingham Post. ISSUE: 27th JUNE 2013  

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Harry’s memorial stone unearthed.

After a considerable wait we received recently permission to investigate the grave space to see what, if anything, remained of the headstone or other memorial. So, on Thursday 2nd May 2013 trustees Chris, Sue and Robert set about the dig. … Continue reading

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Court on Canvas – the book

An advanced copy of the Barber Institute’s book Court on Canvas has just arrived. It will be on sale when the Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art and A Gem of  Game exhibitions open next Friday 27th May.

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Happy birthday Harry

Today, 21st May, is the anniversary of Harry’s birth in 1819. To mark the occasion there will be a re-enactment next week of Harry’s early lawn tennis experiments with his friend Perera in the grounds of the latter’s home in … Continue reading

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Councillor calls for new Edgbaston lawn tennis centre to be named after Harry

Latest news in today’s Birmingham Mail (Thursday 12th May 2011): Councillor Osborn, Chairman of Birmingham’s Planning Committee has suggested that the new tennis centre at the Edgbaston Priory Club be named after Harry. We can think of no better way … Continue reading

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