ASSH Studies

The ASSH Studies series was developed as a way to showcase Australian sports historical research before there were the considerable opportunities to publish that exist today. The initial volumes drew together research papers on various themes, dissertation projects, thematic works and monographs.

Former Editors of the ASSH Series include Wray Vamplew, Rob Hess, Ian Warren and Daryl Adair.

Back Issues

Whilst the series is currently in hiatus, back issues of the ASSH Studies are available online via the LA84 Foundation Library, or hard copies can be purchased by by clicking on the button below for a standalone purchase. Members can also use their Member login (Membership page) to purchase copies.

Andrew Moore & Andy Carr (eds) (2008)

Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia.

Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

Centenary seasons in sport are opportune occasions for reflection, if not crystal-ball gazing. In this volume of ASSH Studies, Australia’s leading practitioners in the social history of rugby league football concentrate their attention on a range of issues that have marked the development of the code. Community and identity, race and racism, class and culture, and commerce and industrial relations, are just some of the enduring themes tackled from a critical perspective. Comprised of fourteen chapters with a number of evocative images, the publication of Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia represents an important landmark in the scholarship of Australian rugby league.

Centenary Reflections: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia includes contributions by Lindsay Barrett, James Connor, Drew Cottle, Braham Dabscheck, Guy Hansen, Ian Heads, Charles Little, John Low, Andrew Moore, Bob Moore, Erik Nielsen, Rodney Noonan, and Chris Valiotis. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

ISBN 978-0-9804815-2-5

Thomas V. Hickie, Anthony T. Hughes, Deborah Healey & Jocelynne A. Scutt (eds) (2008) Essays in Sport and the Law. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This volume of ASSH Studies is devoted to the crucial nexus between sport and the law. Comprised of 21 chapters with detailed endnotes, Essays in Sport and the Law draws on the latest research of new and established scholars. Each of the contributors not only sheds new light on problems and issues that beset contemporary sport, but collectively they reveal the important social, ethical, commercial and historical relationships that constitute the fascinating field of sport and the law.

Essays in Sport and the Law includes contributions by Warren Brandt, Charlotte Churchill, Daniel Cohen, Sean Conroy, Amy Hale, Deborah Healey, Thomas V. Hickie, Anthony T. Hughes, Nick Kipriotis, Joshua Lodge, Sachin Kumar, Justin Mining, Jason Ng, Elizabeth Pennell, Ashley Rose, Michael Scarf, Jocelynne A. Scutt, Kimberley Sinclair, J. Kendall Smith, Steven Taylor, and Nicholas Tobias. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

Unfortunately, this issue has been sold out.

ISBN 978-0-9804815-1-8

Chris McConville (ed) (2008) A Global Racecourse: Work, Culture and Horse Sports. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This long-awaited volume of ASSH Studies brings together a variety of equine case studies from Europe and Australasia, and the contributors deftly expose histories of both rapid transition and resilient continuity in horse sports around the globe. In examining the literary and other cultures surrounding horseracing, and the gender and class relations of those who have worked in the racing industries, this anthology serves as a unique investigation into the depth, novelty and incompleteness of today’s globalising of these very old sporting worlds.

A Global Racecourse: Work, Culture and Horse Sports includes contributions by Martha Bell, Mats Greiff, Susanna Hedenborg, Andrew Lemon, Chris McConville, Wayne Peake, Peter Pierce, Peter Slade, Martin Tolich, Elizabeth Willis, and Janet Winters. The Foreword is provided by Wray Vamplew. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

ISBN 978-0-9804815-0-1

Mary Bushby & Thomas V. Hickie (eds) (2007) Rugby History:The Remaking of the Class Game. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. 

Australia is unique in the way that it provides support for an array of football codes. This volume of ASSH Studies has a principal focus on the remaking of ‘the class game’, but all of the chapters demonstrate in different ways how the various codes continue to intersect. Amateur idealism, biography, collective bargaining, international tours, and heritage issues are just some of the topics covered in the nine chapters of this anthology. Rugby History: The Remaking of the Class Game draws from the latest research of Australian and British scholars, providing valuable insights into the role and significance of Rugby in the contemporary sporting world.

Contributors include Sean Brawley, Mary Bushby, Tony Collins, Braham Dabscheck, Gregory de Moore, Thomas V. Hickie, Anthony Hughes, Jed Smith and Laura Stedman. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

Unfortunately, this issue has been sold out.

ISBN 978-0-9757616-9-4

Clare S. Simpson (ed) (2006) Scorchers, Ramblers and Rovers: Australasian Cycling Histories. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. 

Despite a long history of cycling activities in Australia and New Zealand, there is still a sense that the study of this machine and its social impact is in its infancy. InScorchers, Ramblers and Rovers, Clare S. Simpson keeps the wheels of research rolling by editing the first volume of ASSH Studies to deal exclusively with the history of cycling in Australasia. From biography to manufacturing, to racing and touring, and featuring rarely published images dealing with the cycling phenomenon, the six chapters and appendices in this book represent a microcosm of the endlessly fascinating social history of the bicycle.

Scorchers, Ramblers and Rovers: Australasian Cycling Histories is edited by Clare S. Simpson (Lincoln University, New Zealand). Contributors include Clare S. Simpson, Geraldine McFarlane, Paul Farren, Sophie Couchman, Fiona Kinsey and Rod Charles. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

ISBN 978-0-9757616-8-7

Rob Hess (ed) (2006) Making Histories, Making Memories: The Construction of Australian Sporting Identities. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This volume of ASSH Studies is a revealing snapshot of the latest research in Australian sports history. Featuring essays drawn from entries submitted to the ASSH Honours Dissertation Prize in 2004 and 2005, Making Histories, Making Memories: The Construction of Australian Sporting Identities, examines arange of past and present sporting practices and subjects them to critical analysis. Innovative explorations of cricket, aquatics, judo, golf, and Australian Rules football, as well as a detailed investigation of the Australian print media, are all loosely framed in the context of widespread debates about how, when and why sporting identities are constructed. The material in this collection, written by some of Australia’s emerging new scholars, challenges current understandings, and has the potential to further extend the boundaries of the discipline.

ISBN 978-0-9757616-7-0

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Bill Murray & Roy Hay (eds) (2006) The World Game Downunder. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

Australia’s qualification to play in the World Cup finals in Germany in June 2006 has brought about renewed interest in the football code that has so often been marginalised in popular and academic perceptions. In the long run, however, the reorganisation of the code, which has involved moving from the Oceania to the Asian confederation and the establishment of a new domestic A-League, may have even more profound effects on the development of the game in Australia.

This collection brings to wider notice some aspects of the history of the game in Australia which have not been appreciated even by specialists. It does so in an accessible manner so that, in addition to celebrating the current generation of heroes, we can recognise their predecessors and the pioneers of the game. It also contains a survey of the state of knowledge about Australian soccer and an interim bibliography to provide a starting point for those who will extend knowledge of the world game in the future

Contributors include Nick Guoth, Roy Hay, Anthony Hughes, Richard Kreider, Philip Mosely and Bill Murray. The Series Editor’s Introduction is provided by Rob Hess.

ISBN: 0-9757616-6-8 

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Tim Hogan (ed) (2005) Reading the Game: An Annotated Guide to the Literature and Films of Australian Rules Football. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This publication is a significant milestone in the historiography of Australian sport. Featuring almost two thousand entries and hundreds of annotations, Reading the Game not only covers the rules of the code, personalities, and club histories, it exposes a vast array of unpublished theses and a variety of archived manuscripts. Drawing on the considerable resources of the State Library of Victoria and the expertise of leading football scholars, Tim Hogan has produced a user-friendly research tool that will serve the needs of domestic and international sports fans, as well as specialist researchers, collectors, and those with a more general interest in Australian Rules football.

Tim Hogan is the Newspaper Librarian at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne,Australia. Contributors include David Flegg, Lionel Frost, Rob Hess, Tim Hogan, Dave Nadel, Matthew Nicholson and Ian Warren.

ISBN 0-9757616-5-X

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Daryl Adair, Bruce Coe & Nick Guoth (eds)(2005) Beyond the Torch: Olympics and Australian Culture. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

Based on presentations at the inaugural conference of the Australian Capital Territory Chapter of ASSH, Beyond the Torch: Olympics and Australian Culture is a collection of papers that delves beneath the narrow surface of Olympic Games success by critically examining the impacts of medal tallies, media coverage, and the creation of Olympic heroes or villains, whether they be in athletics, management or politics.

Contributors include Daryl Adair, Janet Cahill, Richard Cashman, Bruce Coe, Stephen Frawley, Nick Guoth, Brendan Lynch, Robert Messenger, Robin Poke, Kristine Toohey, Andrea Vollrath and Dwight Zakus.

ISBN 0-9757616-4-1

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Ian Warren (ed)(2005) Sport, Gender and Theory: The Formative Years of Tennis and Snowboarding. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This volume features two Honours theses:

  • Brad Blashak, ‘”The Ignorant Labelled it a Ladies’ Game”: Masculinity in Australian Tennis in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’
  • Holly Thorpe, ‘On Board or On Edge? Females in the Snowboarding Culture’

ISBN: 0-9757616-3-3

Matthew Nicholson (ed)(2005) Fanfare: Spectator Culture and Australian Rules Football. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

 

ISBN: 0-9757616-2-5

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Ian Warren (ed) (2004) Buoyant Nationalism: Australian Identity, Sport and the World Stage, 1982-1983. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

This ASSH Study features two Honours theses that explore Australian national sporting and cultural identity:

  • Naomi Shannon: ‘The Friendly Games? Politics, Protest and Aboriginal Rights at the XII Commonwealth Games, Brisbane 1982’
  • Christopher Thompson: ‘Boats, Bondy and the Boxing Kangaroo: The 1983 America’s Cup in Australian Sport and Identity’

ISBN: 0-9757616-1-7

No. 13 Ian Warren (2003) Football, Crowds and Cultures. Comparing English and Australian Law and Enforcement Trends. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History, ISSN: 0813-2577

No. 12 Chris Hallinan & John Hughson (eds)(2001) Sporting Tales: Ethnographic Fieldwork Experiences.  Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 11 John Nauright (ed)(1995) Sport, Power and Society in New Zealand: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 9 Veronica Raszeja (1992) A Decent and Proper Exertion: The Rise of Women’s Competitive Swimming in Sydney to 1912. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 8 David Montefiore, Cricket in the Doldrums: The Struggle Between Private and Public Control of Australian Cricket in the 1880s. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 7 John O’Hara (ed)(1992) Crowd Violence at Australian Sport. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 6 Leonie M. Randall (1988) A Fair Go? Women in Sport in South Australia 1945-1965.  Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. SOLD OUT

No. 5 Mark Connellan (1988) The Ideology of Athleticism, Its Antipodean Impact, and Its Manifestations in Two Elite Catholic Schools. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. SOLD OUT

No. 4  Wray Vamplew (ed) Games, Rules and the Law. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. SOLD OUT

No. 3 Colin Tatz (1987) Aborigines in Sport. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History.

No. 2 Wray Vamplew (1987) Sport: Nationalism and Internationalism. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. SOLD OUT

No. 1 Wray Vamplew (1986) Sport and Colonialism in Nineteenth Century Australasia. Melbourne: Australian Society for Sports History. SOLD OUT