• 2022 Tom Brock Lecture

    14 November 2022
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    2022 Tom Brock Lecture – The Rise of Women’s Rugby League.  Guest speakers were Katherine Haines on “Marggie Molony”, the first female star in 1921. The discussion panel featureds former Jillaroo, Tarsha Gale, ABC journalist and presenter Tracey Holmes and the moderator, historian ,Terry Williams.

    View Lecture at –https://vimeo.com/763804113

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  • Tom Brock Scholarship 2023

    19 September 2022
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    A scholarship will be offered in the calendar year of 2023 to the value of $3000. The objective will be to encourage new and original research on rugby league and its relationship to other sports.

    The closing date for a scholarship application is Friday 26 November 2022. Applicants should make use of the scholarship application form on the Tom Brock website.

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  • ASSH Service Award to Lionel Frost

    12 July 2022
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    At the 2022 ASSH AGM Lionel Frost was presented with the ASSH Service Award. The ASSH service award is presented to ASSH members who have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to ASSH.

    Award Citation

    Lionel Frost has served as Editor of ASSH’s key publication, Sporting Traditions, for fifteen years. He began as sole editor in 2007, and for the last five years has been the journal’s co-editor. Under the leadership of Lionel, Sporting Traditions continues to make an integral contribution to Sports History both in Australia and internationally, with high quality and engaging research across many sports. As editor Lionel is meticulous in dealing with all papers and authors. He is very encouraging of early careers researchers and assisting them develop a research profile. Lionel was the driving force behind the journal acquiring Scopus accreditation in 2022. The Scopus reviewers were most impressed stating that “This is a well organised journal publishing material that is likely to interest SCOPUS users”.

    As a sports historian, Lionel has made a major scholarly contribution to the field. He has written a number of seminal books including The Old Dark Navy Blues: A History of the Carlton Football Club (1998), and Immortals: Football People and the Evolution of Australian Rules Football (2005) – the latter with a foreword by Ron Barrassi. Lionel has also published sporting papers on social inclusion and football clubs, football club finances, football stadiums, the Coulter Law, football in Queensland, and the development of a racial vilification code in the AFL.

    Lionel is currently an Associate Professor at Monash University in the Peninsula Campus. He has served as the Head of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Berwick and Peninsula Campuses and took up an academic position as Monash in 2004, after 18 years at Latrobe University.

    Lionel is a staunch Carlton Football Club supporter. His support of the team extends to one of his favourite eating places being the Café Italia in Carlton. He is also a fan of murder mysteries, both reading them and watching on TV.

    In summary, Lionel has been a long-serving member and significant contributor to the production and quality of its journal, Sporting Traditions. He is most deserving of this Service Award.

     

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  • ASSH Book Awards for 2022 Announced

    9 July 2022
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    Winner of the 2022 ASSH Book Award is Roy Hay’s Book – Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere.

    The shortlisted books in alphabetic order, by author were:

    • Harry Blutstein, Games of Discontent: Protests, Boycotts, and Politics at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, published by McGill-Queens University Press.
    • Celeste Callahan and Dottie Dorion with Jane Hunt, Beyond Triathlon: A Dual Memoir of Masters Women Athletes, published by McFarland
    • Roy Hay, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere, published by Cambridge Scholars, and
    • Matthew Nicholson, Bob Stewart, Greg de Moore and Rob Hess, Australia’s Game: The History of Australian Football, published by Hardie Grant.

    Report by Professor Douglas Booth (Chair), ASSH Awards and Honours

    I am addressing you as the Chair of the ASSH Awards and Honours Committee. I am sorry that I cannot be with you in Geelong, but I am delighted to be able to announce the winner of the ASSH Book Award. Due to the covid pandemic, the 2022 award covers books published in the three years since the last conference in Bathurst.

    ASSH acknowledges outstanding scholarship through two awards, an Anthology and a Monograph award. A sub-committee is formed to evaluate the nominations. This year the Committee comprised, the Chair, Douglas Booth, from the University of Otago, Jane Hunt from Bond University, Barbara Keys from Durham University, Greg Ryan from Lincoln University, and Keith Rathbone from Macquarie University.

    I want to publicly thanks the members of the committee for their diligence in evaluating the submissions. They were thorough, efficient, timely, collegial and a pleasure to work with.

    This year there were no submissions for the Anthology Award.

    Eight books were submitted for the Book Award. This includes one book co-authored by Jane Hunt who then withdrew from the Committee to avoid a conflict of interest.

    The remaining members of the Committee shortlisted four books. The shortlisted books are, in alphabetic order, by author:

    • Harry Blutstein, Games of Discontent: Protests, Boycotts, and Politics at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, published by McGill-Queens University Press.
    • Celeste Callahan and Dottie Dorion with Jane Hunt, Beyond Triathlon: A Dual Memoir of Masters Women Athletes, published by McFarland
    • Roy Hay, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere, published by Cambridge Scholars, and
    • Matthew Nicholson, Bob Stewart, Greg de Moore and Rob Hess, Australia’s Game: The History of Australian Football, published by Hardie Grant.

    All four books shortlisted books make important contributions to the field.

    In Games of Discontent, Harry Blutstein re-analyses the 1968 olympic games in Mexico City. He eloquently weaves together important new material regarding female activism, the massacre of student protesters, and the involvement of commercial sporting goods manufacturers. Blutstein’s use of interviews to identify the perspectives of female athletes is a notable contribution of Games of Discontent.

    Beyond Triathlon explores issues of gender, age and infirmity. The book offers historians of sport a powerful illustration of the value of oral methods and authorial reflection. In particular, Jane Hunt’s inter-textual discussions and self-reflective commentary on oral history approaches will encourage historians to question some of their longstanding theoretical and methodological assumptions.

    In Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century, Roy Hay uses digital technology to create a compelling narrative of Aboriginal agency in colonial society. Hay convincingly shows that Aboriginal people competed on their own terms despite systematic bias from the white sporting establishment, especially from the VFL/VFA that barred any competition between Melbournian and Aboriginal teams.

    Nicholson, Stewart, de Moore and Hess’ Australia’s Game is an overarching, comprehensive, coherent and extremely readable grand narrative of Australian Rules football and the Australian Football League. The co-authors discuss the major events in the history of Australian Rules football and weave these nicely into a broader history of Australia.

    ASSH awards its 2022 Book prize to Roy Hay and Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century.

    Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century challenges the narrative of sports’ civilizing mission and makes an important contribution to Australian sport history. In their deliberations, members of the committee noted that Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century involved “serious” and “novel research” and that Hay “showed sensitivity to problematic sources”. One member of the committee complimented Hay for an “excellent forensic job” in “recovering much detail of indigenous Australian footballers”. 

    Please join me in congratulating Roy Hay. 

    On behalf of the Awards committee, a final hearty congratulations to the shortlisted authors, the winning author and their publishers—McGill-Queens University Press, McFarland Publishers, Cambridge Scholars, and Hardie Grant.

     

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  • 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.

    Agenda

    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.

    https://www.gleebooks.com.au/event/richard-cashman-cackyhander/

     

    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.

    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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