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The Sydney Bulletin says:—We have great pleasure in presenting the public with the portraits of the two champion porridge-eaters of New South Wales, James Bibby and George Penman, whose struggles at Stoker’s Hall, Lambton, on the evening of the 21st, is a thing to be remembered. The men are both volunteers and as such duly put in an appearance at the Easter encampment at Sydney. Erom the statements of the combatants and from the report of the Newcastle Herald we learn that several hundred people paid for admission to the show and that the result was a glorious victory for Bibby, the representative of Lancashire, over Pefiman, the representative of Scotland (the home of Burgoo), and champion of New South Wales. The porridge was manufactured at Durham’s Hotel. Seven pounds of oatmeal were used, and made eight gallons of porridge, which many thought would not be sufficient; but the result proved a disappointment to those who held that opinion. At eight o’clock the hall was crowded, and hundreds of people were out in the street. Bibby was the first to appear on the stage, and was greeted with rounds of applause, the band playing “See, the conquering hero comes.” Just at this time Penman appeared, and it was doubtful which of the heroes was meant. At any rate both, took the compliment and bowed their acknowledgments. Both men then stripped (to allow

for expansion) and. made preparations for a start, but it soon became evident to Bibby that Penman was trying to take a point of time, as several plates of porridge were handed up for the latter, who had it cooked to his liking. The articles were called for, and it was proved that he was pointing, as it was clearly shown that both men must eat out of the boiler which had been carried on to the stage. Penman insisted and Bibby resisted, and the whole thing was stopped for fully twenty minutes. A last, about a dozen plates were filled out of the boiler; each one being charged with a pint properly measured. Order having been obtained, the chairman called upon the contestants to address the audience. Penman, in response, flourished his spoon and said he would do his duty in honour of auld Scotland. .Mr, Bibby said ; ‘ Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to contest .against the King of Fife, and the champion of New South Wales. I was bound to do it, to stop his bragging. Penman challenged me before : but he wanted mo to shave my head, and he knew I wouldn’t do that. He then challenged New;South|Wales, and King, of Maitland, took him up, but that gentleman did not come forward, and so I was bound to take him up. I can sup porridge, but I think I can beat,him, at least I’ll try.” (Loud applause.) The band then played, “ Here we suffer grief and pain,” and punctually at twenty-five minutes past eight the judge cried “ go ” and both men sec to ; Penman caught the water first, and had considerable advantage in the first plate, but that blocked him. Bibby kept on most determinedly, and looked as if his salvation depended upon getting the porridge out of sight as soon as possible. He finished six plates in twenty minutes, and then rested on his oars, as Pennman did not seem able to tackle his second. Matters stood thusly, until time was called, and Bibby declared the winner by 6 to 1. Bibby only supped three quarts, but in returning thanks, he said that if pushed he could “ scoff” as much more if necessity required. He said he had beaten the champion of two countries, and the Matland people could now send on their King. During this feast of reason the audience behaved themselves in a most outrageous manner. They broke the seats and demolished the room in their eager efforts to get a view', and it is a miracle that some serious calamity did not result through the upsetting of lamps or other accident. The winner is jubilant over his victory, which has added lustre to the illustrious name of Bibby. His victory over the King of Fife at porridge is as important as the victroy of his relation over the Frehchman in the wrestling match in New York.

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THE GREAT PORRIDGE MATCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 112, 12 June 1880

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THE GREAT PORRIDGE MATCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 112, 12 June 1880