Congratulations to Charlotte MacDonald (University of Victoria Wellington) and Murray Phillips (University of Queensland) whose books have won this year’s ASSH awards.
Charlotte’s Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960 (Bridget Williams Books) is the winner of the ASSH Book Award. The judges described Strong, Beautiful and Modern as a well-researched and theoretically informed social history of physicality and government policy in the “white” British empire in the mid-twentieth century.
Murray’s Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame (Routledge), is the winner of the ASSH Anthology Award. The judges called Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame a valuable addition to the emerging theme of sporting representations in public history and heritage.
The Society highly recommends both books to historians interested in the social and cultural history of sport.
The Tom Brock Bequest Committee was established by the Australian Society for Sports History to promote research and writing on the history of Rugby League, with a major focus on the South Sydney district. One of the Committee’s functions is the award of an annual scholarship intended to assist early career researchers.
The scholarship will be awarded to assist in the completion of a relevant project in the field of history or a related humanities or social science discipline, preferably related to:
- The social history of rugby league in Australia, OR
- The history of the relationship of rugby league to other sports in Australia
For more information and details on how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 4 November 2011.
The Tom Brock Bequest Committee is delighted to announce that Dr Mark Falcous from the University of Otago will be the 2010 Tom Brock Scholar. Mark’s project is entitled “Policies and People in the Marginalization of Rugby League in Aotearoa New Zealand 1908-1995” and will examine available primary data to identify the socio-historical contexts of rugby league in New Zealand.
In July 2010, ASSH will host a stream of papers showcasing research in sports history at the Australian Historical Association Conference in Perth. Marie-Louise McDermott coordinates the stream for ASSH and encourages ASSH Members to attend.
We are delighted to announce that Rachel Winterton (LaTrobe University) has agreed to serve as the new Editor of the ASSH Bulletin. Rachel’s first issue will be the delayed February 2010 Bulletin, and is currently seeking short articles, book reviews, announcements and other information from ASSH members for inclusion. Please send your submissions directly to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASSH Sub-Committee for Awards and Honours were pleased to make the following awards at the 2009 Sporting Traditions Conference in Wellington, New Zealand:
ASSH Fellow: Bill Murray for his sustained contribution to the history of sport.
ASSH Service Award: Braham Dabscheck for his sustained contribution to ASSH.
ASSH Book Award: This year, two awards were made:
- Andrew Lemon (2008) The History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing: In Our Time, 1939 – 2007. South Yarra, Vic: Hardie Grant Books
- Rob Hess, Matthew Nicholson, Bob Stewart & Gregory De Moore (2008) A National Game: The History of Australian Rules Football. Melbourne: Penguin.
The ASSH AGM was held on Thursday, 2 July 2009 during the Sporting Traditions Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.
The newly elected ASSH Executive is:
President: Tara Magdalinski
Secretary: Claire Parker
Treasurer: Matthew Klugman
General Members: Murray Phillips
Appointed Director (Postgraduate): Geoff Kohe
We are still seeking nominations for the position of Publications Officer. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Tara Magdalinski.