• ASSH AGM 2022

    15 June 2022
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    The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Society for Sports History

    will be held at 5:45pm AEST on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, at the ASSH conference, Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong, and via Zoom (Room and Zoom link to be confirmed closer to the date).

    Executive members and officers will be asked to provide verbal and/or written reports relevant to their area of responsibility (as indicated below), with the understanding that final versions of all reports will be collated in a future Bulletin as part of the minutes from the meeting.


    1. Welcome, apologies and proxies
    2. Minutes of previous Annual General Meetings: 29 July 2021
    1. Business arising from the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
    2. President’s Report
    3. Secretary’s Report
    4. Treasurer’s Report
    5. Public Officer’s Report
    6. Chapter Liaison Report (Bruce Coe)
    7. Membership and Claims Officer’s Report (Bruce Coe)
    8. Publication Officer’s Report (Greg Blood)
    9. Awards and Honours Committee Chair Report (Doug Booth)
    10. Conference Liaison Report
    11. Other business
    • Next Sporting Traditions conference
    1. Closing
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  • Sports History Events in Geelong & Melbourne

    27 May 2022
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    27 June to 1 July 2022 in Geelong & Melbourne will have following sports history events –

    • Sporting Traditions 2022 will be part of the Australian Historical Association National Conference at Deakin University, Geelong from 27 June to 1 July 2022 – ASSH component on 28 – 29 June 2022
    • Richard Cashman’s  new Book Discussion and Pre-Conference Olympic Studies Forum  – 27 June  at the MCG
    • ASSH Annual General Meeting  –  28 June 2022,  Deakin University , Geelong
    • ASSH President’s Reception and ASSH Awards Ceremony –  28 June 2022, Deakin University, Geelong
    • Guided Tour of  new GMHBA Stadium Geelong Football Club –  29 June 2022 (3 to 4.15pm)
    •  Sports Museum Network of Australian and New Zealand Annual Meeting – 29 June to 1 July 2022, MCG

    Full details at – http://sporthistory.org/sporting-traditions-conference-2022-aha-2022/

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  • Cackyhander: Writing about cricket, sports history and the Olympic Games.

    13 May 2022
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    Book by Inaugural ASSH member and former President Richard Cashman on his journey in sport and sport history research particularly cricket and the Olympic Games. His book – Cackyhander: Writing about cricket, sports history and the Olympic Games also reflects on his involvement in ASSH.

    Ordering details for – Cackyhander: Writing about cricket, sports history and the Olympic Games.

    Sydney Book Events

    Friday 17 June 6.30 pm at Gleebooks, Sydney

    A conversation with celebrated cricket write writer and journalist Mike Coward and Richard Cashman.

    Anyone who would like to attend this free event at 8.30 pm needs to RSVP to Gleebooks using the following link.



    Thursday 23 June at Sydney ASSH Chapter Meeting, University of Technology Sydney

    A conversation between Daryl Adair and Richard Cashman.

    Contact: John Treloar – asshsydney@gmail.com

    Melbourne Book Events

    Monday 27 June 11 am at  Melbourne Cricket Club

    A panel discussions with Gideon Haigh, Nick Richardson and David Studham (mainly on the cricket parts).

    1 pm An Olympic forum with Daryl Adair and Simon Darcy


    Tuesday 28 June AM Australian Historical Association National Conference (incorporating ASSH papers), Deakin University, Geelong

    A paper at the AHA/ASSH conference entitled ‘UNSW School of History in the Crowley years: Dramatic decades of change’


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  • Scopus

    7 May 2022
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    Sporting Traditions has been accepted for inclusion in Scopus.


    • the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings
    •  uniquely combines a comprehensive, expertly curated abstract and citation database with enriched data and linked scholarly literature across a wide variety of disciplines.
    • quickly finds relevant and authoritative research, identifies experts and provides access to reliable data, metrics and analytical tools. Be confident in progressing research, teaching or research direction and priorities — all from one database and with one subscription.

    Sporting Traditions inclusion in Scopus will improve access and visability to research articles.

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  • ASSH Bulletin Feb 2022

    7 April 2022
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    ASSH Bulletin No. 75 February 2022

    Editor – Bruce Coe

    Table of Contents
    ASSH (SA) 25th Anniversary Dinner by Bernard Whimpress p1-5
    Lacrosse in South Australia 1885–1939 by Michael Harry  p6-11
    Two South Australian Sporting Greats by Bernard Whimpress  p12-17
    A Risk Worth Taking – Eight Australians who played for English County Teams 1897–1914 (Part 2) by Pat Rodgers p18-26
    Table Tennis in Canberra and Region 1900–50 by Arthur Wilks p27-40

    Book Review
    Going to the Dogs: A History of Greyhound Racing in New South Wales (Max Solling & John Tracey) by Robert Messenger  p.40-41

    New Books

    Dan Eddy, A Football Genius: The Peter Hudson Story p42-43

    Murray G Phillips, Douglas Booth & Carly Adams, Routledge Handbook of Sport History p.44

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  • Sporting Traditions Nov 2021

    15 February 2022
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    Articles cover rugby union, Australian football and Sydney / Melbourne sporting cultures. Contents listing.

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  • ASSH Social Media

    15 February 2022
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    ASSH has two social media channels. These  channels publish news about ASSH services, ASSH members research and new Australian sport history  articles and books.

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  • Reviews Editor: Expressions of Interest

    14 February 2022
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    Reviews Editor, Sporting Traditions: Expressions of Interest

    ASSH is seeking a new Reviews Editor for Sporting Traditions.


    • Reviews Editor for Sporting Traditions is appointed by the Publications Officer for a term of two years, renewable for a further two years


    • Liaises with publishers and authors re submission of material for distribution to reviewers
    • Establishes and publishes guidelines for reviewers and solicits reviews from the sports history fraternity for publication in Sporting Traditions
    • Arranges review symposiums/review essays for publication in Sporting Traditions
    • Maintains a list of current and pending reviews in order to ensure necessary contact with reviewers and the timely management and submission of reviews


    • Arranges for electronic scans of covers of books to be reviewed to be forwarded to the Sporting Traditions Editor
    • Liaises with the Sporting Traditions Editor to ensure the timely submission of reviews for publication in Sporting Traditions


    • Applicants must be members of the Australian Society for Sport History (ASSH)

    If you are interested in this important ASSH position, please forward a two-page application outlining relevant qualifications and experience in respect to the duties listed above to Greg Blood.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Greg Blood.

    Greg Blood
    ASSH Publications Officer

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  • 2019 ASSH Book Awards

    13 August 2019
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    The ASSH Executive is delighted to announce the winners of the ASSH Book Prizes for best edited book and best monograph.

    ASSH Book Prize: Monograph

    Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson, Sport and the New Zealanders (Auckland University Press, 2018).

    Sport and the New Zealanders is the most comprehensive history of sport in New Zealand produced, and will be the major reference point for sport history about New Zealand into the near future. In this sense, Sport and the New Zealanders is a significant addition to the national and international body of knowledge in sport history. Underpinning Sport and the New Zealanders is a breadth and depth of research that has enabled Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson to produce a coherent, comprehensive and expansive narrative that compares favourably with existing national histories of sport in Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States. Importantly, Sport and the New Zealandersrecognizes, and engages with, social and cultural tensions in Aotearoa, not least those that involve Māori and Pakeha sports participants.

    ASSH Book Prize: Edited Collection

    Barbara Keys (ed), The Ideals of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

    The Ideals of Global Sport is a thoughtful and vibrant collection of nine chapters with an Introduction and Conclusion. The text demonstrates the breadth of intellect and analysis for which Barbara Keys is well known. The Ideals of Global Sport interrogates and deconstructs the widely held view that international sports competitions, like the olympic games, are panaceas for peace, mutual understanding, and international friendship, and that they foster non-discrimination, and human rights. In this regard, The Ideals of Global Sport thoroughly exposes the lack of evidence associated with the claims made by international organisations such as the International Olympic Committee. The Ideals of Global Sport introduces readers to the broad politics of global sport and in so doing leaves behind the identity politics that have dominated, and continues to dominate, the history of sport for the past two decades and more. In so doing, The Ideals of Global Sport invigorates fresh conversations about the costs, and associated consequences, of mega-sporting events that are promoted by narrow vested political and corporate interests.

    Special Commendation

    Ian Syson, The Game That Never Happened (Sports and Editorial Services Australia, 2018).

    The Game That Never Happened is an engaging account of why soccer remains on the periphery of sporting culture in Australia, excluded from the national cultural memory, and having failed to capture the imagination of the nation. The merit of The Game That Never Happened lies in Syson’s methodology. Syson primarily focuses on the analysis of language and narrative in public texts relating to soccer in Australia. Syson identifies multiple narratives, both internal and external to soccer, and makes a persuasive case for what he calls “narrative repression” and the, “camouflaging impacts of language” around and about soccer. Ultimately, Syson sets out to make the seemingly “invisible visible”.


    Follow the link for a full list of ASSH Book Awards.

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  • 2019 ASSH Fellows

    13 August 2019
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    The ASSH Executive created two ASSH Fellows in 2019 for outstanding contributions to the scholarship of sports history in Australia and New Zealand:

    Professor Barbara Keys (BA Carleton College; MA Washington; A.M. Harvard; PhD, Harvard University)

    Barbara is Professor of U.S. and International History at the University of Melbourne. Her scholarship crosses several areas including the history of international human rights, the influence of transnational movements and organizations on international affairs, the role of emotions in history, and the history of international sports competitions and international sports organizations. Barbara is a highly productive and accomplished historian whose work has been widely praised and acknowledged by her peers. She is the author of two books, Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s (2014), and Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s (2006). Globalizing Sport won six prizes, including: the Myrna Bernath award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the best book from the North American Society for Sport History, the Australian Society for Sports History, and the International Society for Olympic Historians. Barbara is also the editor of The Ideals of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights (2019) which won the ASSH Anthology for 2019. In 2011 Barbara delivered the keynote address to the Sporting Traditions conference in Kingscliff. As well as her historical scholarship, Barbara is the Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, and the current President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. ASSH acknowledges the outstanding contributions made by Barbara Keys to the history of sport and is proud to make her a Fellow of the Society.

    Professor Greg Ryan (BA, MA, PhD Canterbury)

    Grey is a Professor of History in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University. Greg is the author of three monographs, Forerunners of the All Blacks: The 1888-89 New Zealand Native Football Team in Britain, Australia and New Zealand (1994), The Making of New Zealand Cricket: 1832-1914 (2004), and The Contest for Rugby Supremacy: Accounting for the 1905 All Blacks (2005). The Making of New Zealand Cricket won the Ian Wards Prize named after the Chief Government Historian in New Zealand and awarded to published work that makes substantial, imaginative and exemplary use of New Zealand archives. Greg is the co-author of Sport and the New Zealanders: A History (2018) which won the 2019 ASSH Book Award. He is also the editor of two books, Tackling Rugby Myths: Rugby and New Zealand Society, 1854-2004 (2005), and The Changing Face of Rugby The Union Game and Professionalism since 1995 (2008). In 2013 Greg delivered the keynote address to the Sporting Traditions conference in Canberra. The hallmarks of Greg’s work are meticulous research and artful contextualisation. He clearly labels speculative propositions and eschews sweeping generalisations, and he embraces complexity and contradiction. In these regards Greg is particularly well known for challenging what he calls the myths of the rural origins of the early All Black teams. In addition to his scholarship, Greg served as the Dean of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln, and he has made significant contributions to the history of sport through extensive editorial roles. He is a regional editor for Africa, Australasia and the Pacific with the International Journal of the History of Sport and serves on the editorial boards of Sporting TraditionsSport in History, and the New Zealand Journal of History. ASSH acknowledges the outstanding contributions made by Greg Ryan to the history of sport and is proud to make him a Fellow of the Society.

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