Sporting Traditions

Sporting Traditions is the academic journal of the Australian Society for Sports History. It is a blind, fully peer-reviewed journal that is published twice per year.

Lionel Frost, Monash University
Abdel K. Halabi, Federation University Australia

Reviews Editor
Xavier Fowler

Associate Editors
Bruce Coe, Canberra
Tara Magdalinski, Swinburne University

ISSN: 0813-2577

For information on the contents of each issue of Sporting Traditions, please click on the relevant volume number.

Sporting Traditions Volume 34

Volume 34 Issue 1 (May 2017)

Special Issue – Richard Cashman and the Making of Australian Sports History

  • Introduction, Lionel Frost, Abdel K. Halabi and Rob Hess
  • Richard Cashman’s Paradise of Sport: A Reflective Essay, Lionel Frost
  • From Sport and Pastime in Australia to the Oxford Companion to Australian Sport: Charting the Demise of Amateurism and Mindset, June Senyard
  • Watching Cricket with a Companion: The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket at Twenty, Greg Ryan
  • On Cricket, Bernard Whimpress
  • Demetrios, Magpie and Richard: Richard Cashman’s Writings on the Olympic Games, Bruce Coe
  • The Preston ‘Confrontation’: Revisiting Foundation Narratives of the Australian Society for Sports History, Rob Hess


  • Reflections on Richard Cashman and the 1977 Sporting Traditions Conference
  • Forty Years of ASSH: A Personal Reflection on the Early Years, Bill Murray
  • Reflections on Richard Cashman and the Australian Society for Sports History, John O’Hara


  • Jews and Sport: Prize and Prejudice, Colin Tatz

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Sporting Traditions Volume 33

Volume 33 Issue 1 (May 2016)

Articles – Special Issue – Australian Sport Statuary

  • Standing Tall: Memorising Australian Sport through Statues, Gary Osmond and Murray Phillips
  • Idol Worship at the New Temples of Pleasure: An Examination of Sporting Artworks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and its Place in the Nation’s Heart, David Studham
  • Reflections on Sporting Sculptures at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Richard Cashman
  • Adelaide Oval Sculptures 1967-2014, Bernard Whimpress
  • The Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue at Freshwater: Motivations, Memory and Identity, Gary Osmond
  • The Proposed Steve Abala Role Model Statue, Ted Egan
  • Reflections, Richard Cashman

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essay

  • The Baseball Player That Wore Number 42: The Legacy of Jackie Robinson, Braham Dabscheck



Volume 33 Issue 2 (November 2016)


  • Television Was Left On, a Running Tap, from Morning till Night’: The Indian Premier League (IPL) as a Marketing Voice, Vidya Subramanian
  • Voices from the Grandstands: The Attitudes of Australian Football Fans towards the Concept of Creating, Developing and Binding Communities, Sam Duncan
  • The 2014 World Cup and its Implications for Brazilian Social Identity: Deconstructing the ‘Football-Land’ Myth, Jorge Knijnik
  • An Origin Myth Engraved in Stone? – Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar and Australian Rules, Trevor Ruddell
  • Home Front: Adelaide Oval 1914-18, a Site for Patriotic Purposes, Bernard Whimpress
  • ‘Old Friends at the Game in Africa’: The Origins and Early Development of Lacrosse in Natal, South Africa, Hendrick Snyders

Research Note

  • A Comparison of Data on Games Won By Teams in the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League, 2006-15, Braham Dabscheck

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Sporting Traditions Volume 32

Volume 32 Issue 1 (May 2015)


  • Australian Football as a Construct of the Frontier Contact Zone, Robert Pascoe and Gerardo Papalia
  • The Marn-Grook Story: A Documentary History of Aboriginal Ballgames in South-Eastern Australia, Trevor Ruddell
  • Another Look at Marn Grook, Ruth Gooch
  • Grounds for Concern: The Victorian Football League’s Challenge to Ensure That There Were Sufficient Venues for the 1942 Season, Bruce Kennedy
  • The Reputation of Australian Football League Umpires, Robert Gill
  • Rugby, National Pride and the Struggle of Black South Africans for International Recognition, 1897 – 1992, Hendrik Snyders

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Volume 32 Issue 2 (November 2015)


  • Reflecting on Race, Politics and Sport, Colin Tatz
  • Representing the Man in Black: The Football Referee in France Football Magazine, 1946-91, Alexandre Joy and Jean-Nicolas Renaud
  • A New Look at an Old Theory: The Role of Professional Sculling in Nineteenth-Century Nation Building, Robin Poke
  • The Tailteann Games and the Irish Language: A Gaelic Olympiad?, Cathal Billings
  • The Original Melbourne City Football Club, Terry Keenan
  • Making Meaning of the 1970s East-West Gymnastics Tours: Diplomacy, Détente, and Professionalising Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Georgia Cervin

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Sporting Traditions Volume 31

Volume 31 Issue 1 (May 2014)


  • Sporting Activity and the Training of Warriors in the Irish Ulster Tales, Jaquelyn Osborne
  • The Start of Australian Rules: Creation of a Dominant Sport, Tony Ward,
  • A Socio-Cultural History of the Early Development of Football in the Loddon Valley District, Ashley Humphrey
  • Football in the Capital: A Study of National League Grounds in Canberra, Les Street
  • Australian Performances at the Winter Olympics: Maintaining the Momentum, Richard Baka

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess



Volume 31 Issue 2 (November 2014)


  • ‘In Zaire, We Do Not Consider Sport as a Mere Amusement’: Mobutu, Sport and Zairian Identity, 1965–74, Conor Heffernan
  • The Calm and the Storm: Press Responses to Soccer in Perth and Melbourne in the Decade Before World War I, Ian Syson
  • Is Racism Embedded in the Australian Football Codes? Lawrence Perry
  • Working-Class Youth Supporters of a Decimated Football League: The West Perth Unofficial Cheer Squad, 1984-86, Kieran James
  • An Exploratory Examination of American Fan Support for ‘Australia’s Game’, Anthony K. Kerr

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Sporting Traditions Volume 30

Volume 30 Issue 1 (May, 2013)


  • ‘Those Splendid Comrades of Adolescence’: The Origins and Early History of Australian Football in South Africa, Hendrik Snyders
  • Australian Responses to the 1960–61 West Indies Cricket Tour of Australia, Dave Nadel
  • ‘The Bradman of Football’: Dick Reynolds and the Essendon Football Club during the 1930s and 1940s, Daniel Eddy
  • Artefacts and the All Blacks: Rites, Rituals, Symbols and Stories, Tom Johnson, Andrew J. Martin, Farah R. Palmer, Geoff Watson and Phil Ramsey
  • Competition Parity and Australian Football League Fixtures, Chris Davies

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess



Volume 30 Issue 2 (November 2013)


  • Proving a Negative in History: The Non-Appearance of the Hungarian Football Team at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956, Les Murray & Roy Hay
  • The Paradoxes of Provincialism, Nationalism and Imperialism: Otago Rugby Union(s), League and Amateurism, Mark Falcous
  • ‘The Brightest Promise which the Immediate Future Holds’: Reflections on Sports Studies and Rugby League Memory in South Africa, Hendrik Snyders
  • Sweated Labour, Literally Speaking: The Case of Australian Jockeys, Braham Dabscheck
  • A Regenerating Flame? Communal Populism and the Olympic Torch Relay in Millennial Australia, Stephen Alomes
  • The Barassi Line: Quantifying Australia’s Great Sporting Divide, Hunter Fujak & Stephen Frawley

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess


Sporting Traditions Volume 29

Volume 29 Issue 1 (May 2012)


  • Saturday Night Replay: How the Sporting Globe Came to Change Australian Rules Football in Victoria during the 1920s, Nick Richardson
  • The Combination of a Transfer System with a Salary Cap in Australian Football (Soccer): A Critique, Braham Dabscheck
  • A Year in the Life of the Australian Football League’s Vilification Policies, Ciannon Cazaly
  • The British are Coming, Hopefully: Great Expectations and the Two Phases of the Commonwealth Football Association, Nick Guoth
  • The Corio Oval Tribe: A Prosopographical Perspective of the Geelong Football Club in the Nineteenth Century , Mark Pennings and Robert Pascoe

Review Essay
Analysing the Olympics: Details, Trends and Tarnished Ideals, Tony Ward


Sporting Traditions Volume 28

Volume 28 Issue 1 (May 2011)


  • Watching Football in Marvellous Melbourne: Spectators, Barrackers and Working Class Rituals, Robert Pascoe & Mark Pennings
  • Cornish Wrestling in Australia, Mike Tripp
  • Tom McNeil and the 1955 Australian Football Players’ Union, Braham Dabscheck
  • From the Cradle to Athens: The Silver-Coated Story of a Warrior in Brazilian Soccer, Jorge Knijnik
  • The Debate about Women Playing Australian Rules Football in Melbourne in 1947, Kathryn Sinclair

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essays

  • Cricket in Excelsis, Bernard Whimpress
  • South Australian Sports Writing, Bernard Whimpress



Volume 28 Issue 2 (November 2011)


  • How to Count College Football National Championships: A Streamlined Answer, John F. Gaski
  • Ocker Sports Fans annd Culture Vultures: Never the Twain Shall Meet? Tony Ward
  • Sport Ethics: A Powerful Tool for International Sport Leadership (1963–88), Yoan Grosset & Michaël Attali
  • Who Won and Who Cares? Amnesia in Sport, Colin Tatz
  • Rugby League Before the Tutty Revolution: Club Revenues and Player Income in 1969, Braham Dabscheck

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essays

  • William B. Gould IV: Baseball’s Conscience, Braham Dabscheck


Sporting Traditions Volume 27

Volume 27 Issue 1 (May, 2010)


  • An Analysis of Bathurst Motorcycle Speedway, 1928–32, John Hicks & Richard B. Sappey
  • Eric Olthwaite and the Demise of the North Sydney Bears, Andrew Moore
  • Australian Rugby Union: Lessons from Other Codes, Braham Dabscheck
  • Pre-1840 American Cricket and the Formation of a National Sporting Culture, Tom Melville
  • Prestige, Privilege and Polite Society: The Origins of Fencing in New South Wales, 1800 to 1939, Richard Emmerick & Daryl Adair

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essays

  • Beyond the Biff: Inside Rugby League Communities, Rodney Noonan
  • Critique of a Flawed Masterpiece, Bill Murray
  • Of Horses, Ponies, Punters and Scholars: An Expanded Historiography of Australian Horse Racing, John O’Hara


Volume 27 Issue 2 (November, 2010)

SPECIAL ISSUE:  The Cultural Turn in Sports History

Editorial: The Cultural Turn in Sport History, Douglas Booth & Murray Phillips

FORUM: The Cultural Paradigm in Sport History

  • Reflections on the Cultural Paradigm, Mike Cronin
  • ‘The Ref’s Turned a Blind Ear’: The Cultural Paradigm and New Zealand’s Sport History , Caroline Daley
  • Asking a Fish about Water: Three Notes Toward an Understanding of ‘The Cultural Turn’ and Sport History, Dan Nathan
  • Leaning into the Turn: Towards a New Cultural Sport History, Jaime Schultz

Commentary, Murray Phillips

Articles: New directions in sport history

  • What Makes Good Sport History? Reflections on the Crisis of Legitimation and the Politics of Knowledge Construction, Richard Pringle
  • Sports History and Fiction: Reading Alan Sillitoe’s ‘The Match’, Paul Dimeo
  • ‘You Can’t Take a Picture of This — It’s Already Gone’: Erased Evidence, Political Parody, Postmodern Histories, Fiona McLachlan
  • Shaping Lives: Statues as Biography, Gary Osmond
  • The Politics of Remembering: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Physical Cultural Memory, Holly Thorpe
  • ‘The Premiership is Everything’: Visceral Agony and Ecstasy on the Last Saturday in September, Matthew Klugman

Sporting Traditions Volume 26

Volume 26 Issue 1 (May 2009)

Volume 26 Issue 2 (November 2009)


Introduction: Researching Race and Racism in Australian Sport History, Daryl Adair


  • World’s Fistanic History’, Sydney 1908: ‘Flash Jack Johnson’ vs ‘Sinking Tommy Burns’, David Headon
  • Profound Indifference: Amateur Athletics and Indigenous Australasians in the Early 20th Century, Erik Nielsen
  • Sport and the Chinese: Case Studies from Australian Rules Football in Victoria, 1882–1938, Rob Hess
  • ‘They Came, They Saw, They Conquered’: The Takaishi/Saito Tour of 1926–27 and Australian Perceptions of Japan, Sean Brawley
  • Pasifika in Australian Rugby: Emanant Cultural, Social and Economic Issues, Dwight Zakus & Peter Horton

Sporting Traditions Volume 25

Volume 25 Issue 1 (May, 2008)


‘Lest We Forget’: The Tradition of Anzac Day Football, Melissa Walsh

The Emergence of Australian Football in Nineteenth-Century Workplaces, Peter Burke

‘Anyone But Barwon’: The Bitter Rivalry Between the Geelong and Barwon Football Clubs in the Late 1870s, Mark Pennings & Trevor Ruddell

Drug use in the Australian Football League: A Critical Survey, Bob Stewart, Geoff Dickson & Aaron Smith

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essay

Football: Casting a Bright Light on the American Condition, Braham Dabscheck



Volume 25 Issue 2 (November, 2008)


One Athlete, One Nation, Two Flags: Cathy Freeman and Australia’s Search for Aboriginal Reconciliation, Leanne White

Olympians of the Antipodes: Sport and Australian Circus, 1833–2000, Mark St Leon

Myth and History in Australian Rules Football, Gillian Hibbins

The North/South Divide and the Development of Swimming in Nineteenth-Century England, Claire Parker

Reviews Editorial, Rob Hess

Review Essay

Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Master Paternalist, Braham Dabscheck


Sporting Traditions Volume 23

Volume 23 Issue 1 (November, 2006)

Editorial, Rob Hess


  • The Branding of Australian Cricket: Culture, Commerce, Cricket and the Baggy Green Cap, Richard Cashman
  • Douglas Darby’s Cold War Vision: The Cricket for Free China Scheme, Rodney Noonan
  • Sporting Chances: Sport on Australian Commercial Radio from the 1920s to the 1950s, Bridget Griffen-Foley
  • Behind Barbed Wire: Sport and Australian Prisoners of War, Pamela Cohen
  • The Impact of Nadia Comaneci on the Sport of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Roslyn Kerr
  • Race and Gender in the French Sporting Press at the End of the 1950s: The Example of Sport & Vie,Theirry Terret


Volume 23 Issue 2 (May, 2007)

Editorial, Wray Vamplew


  • A Most Memorable Conference – The Inaugural 1977 Sporting Traditions Conference, Richard Cashman
  • Making Sporting Traditions, Michael McKernan


  • From Trickles of Silver to Rivers of Gold: The Transformation of Australian Professional Team Sports, 1970 to 2007, Braham Dabscheck
  • Globalisation, Historical Consciousness and the Melbourne Cup, John O’Hara
  • Jockeying for the Lead: War, Sport and Vernacular Identities in Australia, 1915-2006, Chris McConville
  • Drugs in Australian Sport: A Brief History, Bob Stewart
  • Women to the Fore: Gender Accommodation and Resistance at the British Golf Club Before 1914, Jane George, Joyce Kay & Wray Vamplew

Reviews: The Test of Time

  • Richard Cashman, ’Ave a Go, Yer Mug!: Australian Cricket Crowds from Larrikin to Ocker; Ric Sisons and Brian Stoddart, Cricket and Empire: The 1932-33 Bodyline Tour of Australia,
  • Keith Sandiford, Tony Mangan and Bernard Whimpress
  • Bill Murray, The Old Firm; Stephen Wagg, The Football World; Stephen Tischler, Football and Businessmen
  • Patrick O’Farrell, Phil Mosely, Tom Sheridan and Roy Hay
  • John Daly, Elysian Fields: Sport, Class and Community in Colonial South Australia
  • Trevor Arnold and Daryl Adair
  • Barrackers Corner
  • ‘Change and Decay in All Around I See’ J. Neville Turner

Sporting Traditions Volume 22

Volume 22 Issue 1 (November, 2005)

Editorial, Rob Hess


  • Changing Visions of Baths and Bathers: Desegregating Ocean Baths in Wollongong, Kiama and Gerringong, Marie-Louise McDermott
  • The Cultural Origins of Competitive Swimming in Australia, Richard Light & Tracey Rockwell
  • Seeing is Believing: Television and the Transformation of Australian Cricket, 1956-1975, Bob Stewart
  • Out on a No Ball: Industrial Relations in Zimbabwean Cricket, Braham Dabscheck
  • ‘That’s Your Way of Playing Rounders, Isn’t It’? The Response of the English Press to American Baseball Tours to England, 1874-1924, Daniel Bloyce
  • Clandestine Means: The Aristocratic British Hunting Code and Early Game Legislation in Nineteenth-Century Canada, Greg Gillespie & Kevin Wamsley

Volume 22 Issue 2 (May, 2006)

Editorial, Rob Hess


  • Soccer to the Rescue: How the Miracle of Bern Gave Germans Back Their Identity – Twice’, Katharina Bonzel
  • ‘Stride Jump – Begin!’: Swedish Gymnastics in Victorian England, Natalie Barker-Rüchti
  • The Role of Sport Journalists During Crisis Events in Sport, Matthew Nicholson & Bob Stewart

Review Essays

  • Shooting the Messenger: Australian History’s Warmongers, Daryl Adair
  • Approaches to Sports History: Theory and Practice, Roy Hay
  • In Search of Meaning: Historians and their Work, Brian Stoddart

Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 21


Volume 21 Issue 1 (November, 2004)

Editorial, Rob Hess


  • When the Carnival is Over: Evaluating the Outcomes of Mega Sporting Events in Australia, Richard Cashman, Kristine Toohey, Simon Darcy, Caroline Symons & Bob Stewart
  • More Green than Red: Sectarianism and Rugby League in Otago, 1924-35, Charles Little
  • Rugby League, Community and Identity in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Damian Topp & John Nauright
  • The Fibro Years: Roy Masters and Wests Rugby League Football Club, 1978-1981, Drew Cottle & Angela Keys

Review Essays

  • Geopolitical Cricket and Historical Shift: World Cup 2003, Brian Stoddart
  • Not the Biographers They Deserve, Bernard Whimpress

Book Reviews

Volume 21 Issue 2 (May, 2005)

Guest Editorial, Clare Simpson


  • Searching for the Past: Sport Historiography in New Zealand, Doug Booth
  • Women Endurance Swimmers: Dissolving Grease Suits and Decentring New Zealand History, Caroline Daley
  • Running, Jumping and Rowing to Marginalisation: The Mäori Experience of Sport in Canterbury, 1850-1880, Geoff Vincent, Catriona E. Timms & Toby Harfield
  • Rugby and Tino Rangatiratanga: Early Mäori and the Formation of ‘Traditional’ Mäori Masculinity, Brendan Hokowhitu
  • A National Amateur Enterprise: Centralised Control and National Popularity in Rugby, Camilla Obel
  • Affirming Indian Identities? An Analaysis of Imperial Rhetoric and Orientalism in the Tours of Indian Hockey Teams to New Zealand in 1926, 1935 and 1938, Geoff Watson
  • Sights from the Saddle: Early Cycle Touring in New Zealand, Clare Simpson
  • Review Articles
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 20

Volume 20 Issue 1 (November, 2003)

  • Editorial, Rob Hess


  • Softgoods, Engineering and Sport: J.S.M. Thompson in New Zealand and Victoria, 1868-1910, Richard Davis
  • The Crisis of Confidence in Australian First-Class Cricket in the 1950s: Causes and Consequences, Bob Stewart
  • Narrating Nanga Parbat: German Himalaya Expeditions and the Fictional (Re)Construction of National Identity, Harald Hoebusch


  • Shimmering Waters: Swimming, Autobiography and Social Memory, Gary Osmond

Volume 20 Issue 2 (May, 2004)

  • Editorial, Rob Hess


  • The Significance of Unregistered Proprietary Pony Racing in the Social History of Sydney Horse Racing,Wayne Peake
  •  ‘Brawn against Brains’: Australia, New Zealand and the American ‘Football Crisis’, 1906-13, Greg Ryan
  •  A Remarkable Life: Roden Cutler as Sporting, Military and Local Hero, John Ramsland


  • The Still Image II, Bernard Whimpress
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 19

Volume 19 Issue 1 (November, 2002)

Volume 19 Issue 2 (May, 2003)

  • Editorial Preface, Rob Hess
  • Managing Public Impressions: Strategies of Nineteenth-Century Female Cyclists, Clare S. Simpson
  • Governing the Sport of Kings: Racing Reform in Victoria, 1994–2002, Russell Hoye
  • The Roles of Cricket in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland, Neal Garnham
  • Review Articles
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 18

Volume 18 Issue 1 (November 2001)

  • Waverley Park: Whose social history? Roy Hay, Marnie Haig-Muir, Peter Mewett, Colleen Lazenby & Nigel Lewis (pp. 1-17)
  • Diminishing Contrasts and Increasing Varieties: Globalisation Theory and ‘Reading’ Amateurism in Australian Sport, Murray G. Phillips (pp. 19-32)
  • The ‘Famous Northern Union Game’: The Rise and Fall of Rugby League in Wanganui, 1910-15, Bill Greenwood & James Watson (pp. 33-41)
  • ‘Stupid, uninteresting and inhuman’: Pedestrianism in Canterbury, 1860-1885, Geoff T. Vincent (pp. 43-55)
  • Gendering sport: The development of netball in Australia, Tracy Taylor (pp. 57-74)
  • Girls and tea ladies: Involvement of Australian female athletes and administrators in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, Ian Jobling (pp. 75-90)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 18 Issue 2 (May 2002)

  • From Gentleman to the Manly: A Large Step for the Amateur, June Senyard (pp. 1-14)
  • Cricket and Regional Development on the Sunshine Coast: The Case of the Turf Wicket, 1930-1960, Tara Magdalinski (pp. 15-29)
  • J League Soccer and the Rekindling of Regional Identity in Japan,  Richard Light & Wataru Yasaki (pp. 31-46).
  • Power and Organisational Change: The Cast of the Melbourne Women’s Hockey Association, 1995-1998,Russell Hoye & Bob Stewart (pp. 47-65)
  • The World Congress of Physical Education held in conjunction with the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games: Issues and Outcomes, Ian Jobling & Steve Bailey (pp. 67-79)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Sporting Traditions Volume 17

Volume 17 Issue 1 (November 2000)

  • History in the Making and the Making of History: Stories and the Social Construction of a Sport, Peter Mewett (pp. 1-17)
  • Many a Slip ‘twixt Cup and the Lip: Equal Opportunity and Victorian Gold Clubs, Marnie Haig-Muir (pp. 19-38)
  • “A Lack of Esprit De Corps”: The 1908-09 Wallabies and the Legacy of the 1905 All Blacks, Greg Ryan (pp. 39-55)
  • Australian Soccer’s Freedom of Association Dispute, Braham Dabscheck (pp. 57-75)
  • One Day in September: Grass Roots Enthusiasm, Invented Traditions and Contemporary Commercial Spectacle and the Australian Football League Finals, Stephen Alomes (pp. 77-96)
  • Time for a Change or More of the Same? Les Mills and the Masculinisation of Aerobics, Tara Brabazon (pp. 97-112)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 17 Issue 2 (May, 2001)

  • Keeping Out the Riff-Raff: Port Melbourne’s Exclusion from the Victorian Football League in 1896
    Terry Keenan (pp. 1-16)
  • Drugs Inside Sport: The Rehabilitation of Samantha Riley
    Tara Magdalinski (pp. 17-32)
  • The Political Uses of International Sport: Tunisian Soccer and Olympic and Pre-Olympic
    Stephen Alomes (pp. 33-47)
  • From Manliness to Masculinities
    Mark Connellan (pp. 49-63)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Sporting Traditions Volume 16

Volume 16 Issue 1 (Special issue: ‘The End of Sports History?’) (November, 1999)

Guest Editors: Douglas Booth & Annemarie Jutel

  • Editorial Preface
    Why ‘The End of Sports History?’, Douglas Booth & Annemarie Jutel (pp. 3-4)
  • ‘The End of Sports History? From Sports History to Sports Studies, John Nauright (pp. 5-13)
  • History Lessons, Colin Tatz (pp. 15-22)
  • History of Latin American Sports: The End Before the Beginning?, Joseph L. Arbena (pp. 23-31)
  • Historical Perspectives of a Sports Broadcaster, Amanda Smith (pp. 33-39)
  • ‘The End of Sports History? Or the Beginning of Oral History Archives?, Joan Chandler (pp. 41-49)
  • Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Death of Sports History, Murray G. Phillips (pp. 51-59)
  • The End of History Perhaps – But the End of the Beginning for the History of Sport
    An Anglo-Saxon Autobiographical Perspective, J.A. Mangan (pp. 61-72)
  • Dead or Alive? Sports History in the Late Capitalist Moment, David L. Andrews (pp. 73-83)
  • Where did you go, Jackie Robinson? Or, The End of History and the Age of
    Sport Information, Stephen Hardy (pp. 85-100)
  • ‘The End of Sports History?’, Charlotte Macdonald (pp. 101-108)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 16 Issue 2 (May , 2000)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Cecil Healy: A Soldier of the Surf, Grant Rodwell & John Ramsland (pp.3-16)
  • The Reconfiguration of the Physical Activity Field in Australian Higher
    Education, 1970-1986, David Kirk (pp.17-38)
  • Asians, Cricket and Ethnic Relations in Northern England, Jack Williams (pp.39-53)
  • The 1948-49 track and field season: Mrs Blankers-Koen, Mrs O’Keefe, Mr Calwell,
    Lloyd la Beach, Herb McKenley and Wally McArthur, Lynn Embrey & Colin Johnston (pp.55-70)
  • From Bondi to Batley: Australian Players in British Rugby League 1907-1995, Tony Collins (pp.71-86)
  • A Centenary of Rugby and Masculinity in Japanese Schools and Universities: Continuity
    and Change, Richard Light (pp.87-104)
  • ‘Peaks, Troughs and Snouts’ Shades of the Olympics Ideal, David Headon (pp.105-115)
  • Review Article
  • Book and Film Reviews
  • Notices

Sporting Traditions Volume 15

Volume 15 Issue 1 (November, 1998)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Physical Activity Profession in Process: Unity, Diversity and the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 1970-1997, David Kirk & Douane Macdonald (pp. 3-24)
  • Trying Times: Collective Bargaining in Australian Rugby Union, Braham Dabscheck (pp. 25-49)
  • School Sport and the Amateur Ideal: The Formation of the Schools’ Amateur Athletic Association of Victoria,Ian Wilkinson (pp. 51-70)
  • A Social History of the Workers Sports Federation in Victoria, c 1934-1939, Drew Cottle (pp. 71-80)
  • Filming the Legends of Phar Lap and the Don – the Who, What, Where and When, David Headon (pp. 81-91)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 15 Issue 2 (May, 1999)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Golf and the Modern Age: Joe Kirkwood in Asia, Brian Stoddart (pp. 3-17)
  • Black (Yellow or Green) Bastards: Soccer Refereeing in Australia: A Much Maligned Profession, Roy Hay(pp. 19-36)
  • Failed Bids and Losing Cities: Adelaide’s Failure to Secure the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Robert Bartlett (pp. 37-53)
  • Amateur Aussie Rules: Sudden Death in Adelaide, Fred Bloch (pp. 55-72)
  • Legitimation and Limitations: How the Opie Report on Women’s Gymnastics Missed its Mark, Wendy Varney (pp. 73-90)
  • Review Article
  • Book and Film Reviews
  • Notices

Sporting Traditions Volume 14

Volume 14 Issue 1 (November, 1997)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Racial Abuse and Football: The Australian Football League’s Racial Vilification Rule in Review, Greg Gardiner (pp. 3-25)
  • Racism and Law in Australian Rules Football,  Ian Warren & Spiros Tsousis (pp. 27-53)
  • “Great Hit, Jo-Jo”: Levelling the International Softball Scoreboard, Lynn Embrey (pp. 55-77)
  • From One Brickpit to Another: The Ancient History of the Sydney Olympic Bid, Charles Little (pp. 79-90)
  • “A Tendency to Roughness”: Anti-Heroic Representations of New Zealand Rugby, 1890-1914, Geoffrey T. Vincent (pp. 91-110)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 14 Issue 2 (May, 1998)

  • Editorial Preface
  • A Mania for Bicycles: The Impact of Cycling on Australian Rules Football,  Rob Hess (pp. 3-24)
  • Making a Statement: Annette Kellerman Explores the Worlds of Swimming, Diving and Entertainment, John Lucas (pp. 25-35)
  • Qualified Success? Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Golf, Marnie Haig-Muir (pp. 37-52)
  • What’s the Story of Morning Glory? Perth Glory and the Imagining of Englishness, Tara Brabazon (pp. 53-66)
  • From Redemption to Recidivism? Rugby and Change in South Africa during the 1995 World Cup and its Aftermath, Albert Grundlingh (pp. 67-86)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Sporting Traditions Volume 13

Volume 13 Issue 1 (November, 1996)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Snowboarders: Bodies out of Control and In Conflict, Duncan Humphreys (pp. 3-23)
  • The Tennis Court: A Country Woman’s Window to the Modern World, June Senyard (pp. 25-41)
  • “Court” in the Act: The Information Reproduction of Male Power in Pennant Squash, Nikki Wedgwood (pp. 43-59)
  • Muscular Judaism and the Jewish Rugby League Competition in Sydney, 1924-1927, Anthony Hughes (pp. 61-80)
  • Assaults on Soccer’s Compensation System, braham, Dabscheck (pp. 81-107)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 13 Issue 2 (May, 1997)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Australian Football the International Game? The Danish Australian Football League and the Internationalisation of Australian Football, 1989-1996, Stephen Alomes (pp. 3-)
  • Mediated Violence: The Case of Origin Rugby League, Brett Hutchins (pp. 19-)
  • “Extravagance of Thought and Feeling”: New Zealand Reactions to the 1932/33 Bodyline Controversy, Greg Ryan (pp. 41-)
  • Control of the Female Body: Physical Education and Training at Three New Zealand Girls’ High Schools, 1880s-1920s,  Catherine Smith (pp. 59-)
  • Nineteenth Century Sports Tours and Canadian Foreign Policy, Kevin B. Wamsley (pp. 73-)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 12

Volume 12 Issue 1 (November, 1995)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Common Ground? Links Between Sports History, Sports Geography and the Sociology of Sport, Joseph Maguire (pp. 3-25)
  • “A Leso Story”: A Case Study of Australian Women’s Cricket and its Media Experience, Angela Burroughs, Leonie Seebohm & Liz Ashburn (pp. 27-46)
  • Sport and the Threat to Gender Boundaries, Helen Jefferson Lenskyj (pp. 47-60)
  • Australian Baseballers Form a Team of Their Own, Braham Dabscheck (pp. 61-101)
  • Tracing Orientalism in Cricket: A Reading of Some Recent Australian Cricket Writing on Pakistani Cricket,Subhash Jaireth (pp. 103-120)
  • Review Articles
  • Book Reviews
  • Notices

Volume 12 Issue 2 (May, 1996)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Beyond National Sport: Sociology, History and Postmodernity, David Rowe & Geoffrey Lawrence (pp. 3-16)
  • The Sandgate Handicap Riot: Sport, Popular Culture and Working Class Protest, Bryan Jamison (pp. 17-48)
  • “My Fighting is My Business”: Towards a Biography of George Barnes, Australian Boxer, Rodney Sullivan & Robin Sullivan (pp. 49-59)
  • Forgotten Heroes: The 1945 Australian Services Cricket Team, Ed Jaggard (pp. 61-79)
  • Sport in and National Prestige: The Case of Britain 1945-48, Norman Baker (pp. 81-97)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 11

Volume 11 Issue 1 (Special Olympic Edition) (November 1994)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Swimming with the Big Boys’?: The Politics of Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Bid, Douglas Booth & Colin Tatz (pp. 3-23)
  • Comments on ‘Swimming with the Big Boys’?, Bruce Kidd (pp. 25-29)
  • Comments on ‘Swimming with the Big Boys’?, Max Howell (pp. 31-35)
  • Olympic Proposals and Bids by Australian Cities, Ian Jobling (pp. 37-56)
  • Olympics or Tests: The Disposition of the British Sporting Public, 1948, Norman Baker (pp. 57-74)
  • National Englishmen, Black Irishmen and Multicultural Australians: Ambiguities of National Sporting Identity,Mike Tichler (pp. 75-91)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews

Volume 11 Issue 2 (May, 1995)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Civilising Australian Bodies: The Games Ethics and Sport in Victorian Government Schools, 1904-1945,David Kirk & Karen Twigg (pp. 3-34)
  • Inventing Australians and Constructing Englishness: Cricket and the Creation of National Consciousness,James Bradley (pp. 35-60)
  • Beyond Hitler: Alfred Baeumler, Ideology and Physical Education in the Third Reich, Tara Magdalinski (pp. 61-79)
  • Cricket in Stalag 344: Sport in German Prisoner-of-War Camps during World War II, Warwick Franks (pp. 81-90)
  • “The Greater Game”: Australian Football and the Army at Home and on the Front during World War I,  Dale James Blair (pp. 91-102)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
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Sporting Traditions Volume 9

Volume 9 Issue 1 (November, 1992)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Value of Facts in Sports History, Bernard Whimpress (pp. 2-15)
  • Early Advertising (1892-1932) on Recreational Sports – Thematic Possibilities of the D’Arcy Collection at the University of Illinois, Scott A.G.M. Crawford (pp. 17-33)
  • Athleticism Revisited: Sport, Character Building and Protestant School Education in Nineteenth Century Melbourne, Bob Stewart (pp. 35-50)
  • “Two Dots in the Distance”: Professional Sculling as Mass Spectacle in New South Wales, 1876-1907, Daryl Adair (pp. 52-83)
  • Review Articles
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner

Volume 9 Issue 2 (May, 1993)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Convict Leisure and Recreation: The North American Experience in Van Dieman’s Land, 1840-1847, T.P. Dunning (pp. 3-15)
  • Fickle Winds and Treacherous Feelings: Anglo-American Relations and the Early Challenges for the America’s Cup, Louise G. Bricknell (pp.16-30)
  • “Putting Soul Into the Cemetery with Lights”: The Canberra Raiders Phenomenon, David Headon (pp. 31-46)
  • Aborigines and Australian Football: The Rise and Fall of the Purnim Bears, Dave Nadel (pp. 47-63)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner

Sporting Traditions Volume 8

Volume 16 Issue 1 (November, 1991)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Professional Cricketers Association of Australia, Braham Dabscheck (pp. 2-27)
  • The Development of Netball and the All- Australia Women’s Basketball Association (AAWBBA): 1891-1939,Ian Jobling & Pamela Barham (pp. 29-48)
  • Disorder on the sidelines of Australian Sport, Rob Lynch (pp. 50-75)
  • ‘A Conflagration of Conversation and Preparation and Anticipation and Jubilation’ – Great Sporting Moments and Memories in Australia Literature, David Headon (pp. 77-93)
  • Book and Film Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner

Volume 8 Issue 2 (May, 1992)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Game: Early Soccer Scenery in New South Wales, Philip Mosely (pp. 135-151)
  • Is sport an Art Form?, J. Neville Turner (pp. 153-166)
  • Thwarted Visions: The Physical Culture of Gustav Techow, Ray Crawford (pp. 168-180)
  • Accommodating Race to Play the Game: South Africa’s Readmission to International, Douglas Booth (pp. 182-209)
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner

Sporting Traditions Volume 7

Volume 7 Issue 1 (November, 1990)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Baseball in Australia: Two Tours and the Beginnings of Baseball in Australia, Bruce Mitchell (pp. 3-24)
  • The Divergent Sporting Cultures of Sydney and Melbourne, Richard Cashman & Tom Hickie (pp. 26-46)
  • The Dawn of an Imagined Community. Australian Sport on Film, Toby Miller (pp. 48-59)
  • The Sporting Career of Harold Hardwick: One Example of the Irony of the Amateur-Professional Dichotomy,Katharine Moore & Murray Phillips (pp. 61-76)
  • “See You in Court!” Recent Developments in Marketing, Selection and Disciplinary Disputes,  Hayden Opie(pp.77-94)
  • Review Article
  • Book Reviews

Volume 7 Issue 2 (May, 1991)

  • Editorial Preface
  • War off Water: The Australian Surf Life Saving Association and the Beach, Douglas Booth (pp. 135-162)
  • The ‘Fascist’ Cricket Tour of 1924-25, Andrew Moore (pp. 164-174)
  • A History of Sport and Law in Australia, J. Neville Turner (pp. 176-190)
  • L. S. Meintjes: His impact on South African Sport History, Floris J.G. can der Merwe (pp. 192-205)
  • Book Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 6

Volume 6 Issue 1 (November, 1989)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Richard Coombes and the Olympic Movement in Australia: Imperialism and Nationalism in Action, Garth Henniker & Ian F. Jobling (pp. 2-15)
  • Athlete’s Selection Rights: The Case of Tony Davis, Peter Collins (pp. 16-24)
  • Towards a History of Bodybuilding, Kenneth R. Dutton & Ronald S. Laura (pp. 25-41)
  • The Nature of Sport under Capitalism and its Relationship to the Capitalist Labour Process, Bpb Stewart(pp.  43-62)
  • Abolishing Transfer Fees: The Victorian Football League’s New Employment Rules, Braham Dabscheck(pp. 63-88)
  • Barracker’s Corner
  • Book Reviews

Volume 6 Issue 2 (May, 1990)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Golf and Victorian Sporting Values, Murray G. Phillips (pp. 120-134)
  • Sport, Drugs and the Development of Modern Capitalism, Lois Bryson (pp. 135-153)
  • South Africa’s ‘Autonomous Sport’ Strategy- Desegregation Apartheid Style, Douglas Booth (pp. 155-179)
  • Australian Women at the Olympics: Achievement and Alienation, Dennis Phillips (pp. 181-200)
  • Production Functions and the Strategy Implications for Cricket in New Zealand, Bairani, E.I., Howells, J.M. & Turner, G.M. (pp. 202-217)
  • Myth and Reality-. Reflections on Rugby and New Zealand Historiography, John Nauright (pp. 219-230)
  • Book and Film Reviews

Sporting Traditions Volume 5

Volume 5 Issue 1 (November, 1988)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Making Sporting Traditions, Michael McKernan (pp. 2-6)
  • Phar Lap, Barry Andrews (pp. 7-8)
  • Bred in the Bush: The Australian Racing Novels of Nat Gould, W.F. Mandle (pp. 9-29)
  • Given by God, Sport of Kings, or a Mug PS Game: Horse Racing in Australian Literature, David Headon (pp. 30-50)
  • Odds Against: The Punter’s Lot is Not a Happy One, Wray Vamplew (pp. 51-60)
  • The Melbourne Cup and Two-Up: Egalitarianism and Gambling, John O’Hara (pp. 61-76)
  • Come outside and Play, John Ritchie (pp. 77-88)
  • Flying to the Footy, Brian Matthews (pp. 89-96)
  • Regional Sentiment and Australian Sport, Scott Bennett (pp. 97-111)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Australian Cricket Club, 1826-1868, Richard Cashman (pp. 112-130)
  • Gary Sobers and Cultural Identity in the Caribbean, Brian Stoddart (pp. 131-146)

Volume 5 Issue 2 (May, 1989)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Curse of Kalahari: The North Sydney Bears and the Ghosts of1921-22, Andrew Moore (pp. 148-172)
  • Early Sporting Diplomacy – The Case of R.A.W Green, Richard Fotheringham (pp. 173-186)
  • One Voice in the Wilderness: Richard Coombes and the Promotion of the PanBrittanic Festival Concept in Australia 1891-1991, Katharine Moore (pp. 188-203)
  • The Development of Coach Education in Australia, Laurie Woodman (pp. 204-255)
  • Book Reviews
  • Notes on Contributors

Sporting Traditions Volume 4

Volume 4 Issue 1 (November, 1987)

  • Editorial Preface
  • For Honour and Trophies: Amateur Rowing in Australia 1888-1912, David Land & Ian F. Jobling (pp. 2-26)
  • Australian Football in Sydney Before 1914, Martin Sharp (pp. 27-45)
  • A Debate in Sports History: Three Views on Saturday Afternoon Fever
    The Australian Sporting Obsession, Richard Cashman (pp. 47-55)
    Saturday Afternoon Theory, David Rowe (pp. 56-65)
    Sacred Cows in the Toy Department, Robert J. Paddick (pp. 66-75)
  • Australian Sports Review 1986: An Eclectic View, John Hatch (pp. 77-83)
  • The Sporting Equality Argument for Imposing Labour Market Restrictions, John McDonald (pp. 84-90)
  • Review Essay
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner
  • Notes on Contributors

Volume 4 Issue 2 (May, 1988)

  • Editorial Preface
  • “A Degenerate Race”: Cricket and Rugby Crowds in Sydney, 1890-1912, Martin Sharp (pp. 134-149)
  • Criticisms Against the Value-Claim for Sport and the Physical Ideal in Late Nineteenth Century Australia,David W. Brown (pp. 150-161)
  • Where the Big Men Fly: An Early History of Australian Football in the Riverina, Rodney Gillett (pp. 162-17)
  • Australian Sports Review 1987, Brian Stoddart (pp. 176-183)
  • The Melbourne Press and the 1980 Moscow Olympic Boycott Controversy, Michael Young (pp. 184-200)
  • Ethnicity and Class at the Brisbane Golf Club, Murray Phillips (pp. 201-213)
  • Neighbours in Law, Frances Millane (pp. 214-233)
  • Review Essays
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner
  • Notes on Contributors

Sporting Traditions Volume 3

Volume 3 Issue 1 (November, 1986)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Cannons and Canberra, Scott T. Bennett, (pp. 2-22)
  • Nineteenth Century Football and the Melbourne Press, Robin Grow (pp. 23-37)
  • Sport and The Law- A Guide to Recent Developments, J. Neville Turner (pp. 39-50)
  • Cricket and the Rational Economic Man, Ian Harris (pp. 51-68)
  • Fluctuating VFL Attendances: Some Insights from and Economic Analysis, Clive Morely & K.G. Wilson (pp. 69-81)

Volume 3 Issue 2 (May, 1997)

  • Editorial Preface
  • To see a Racecourse Become a Pandemonium: Horse Racing in the Northern Territory in the First Decades of White Settlement, David Headon (pp. 137-151)
  • A Debate in Sports History
    Commonwealth Government Initiatives in Amateur Sport in Australia 1972-1985, Darwin Semotiuk (pp. 152-162)
  •     Sport and Recreation Policy: Will She Be Right? Tom Armstrong (pp. 162-172)
  • Muscular Christianity in the Antipodes: Some Observations on the Diffusion and Emergence of a Victorian Ideal in Australian Social Theory, David W. Brown (pp. 173-187)
  • Privilege in Tennis and Lawn Tennis: The Geelong and Royal South Yarra Examples But Not Forgetting the Story of the Farme’s Wrist, Graeme Kinross-Smith (pp. 189-216)
  • An Historical Analysis of Police/Spectator Conflict at the Bathurst Motorcycle Races, Chris Cunneen (pp. 217-238).
  • Book Reviews
  • Barracker’s Corner
  • Notes on Contributors

Sporting Traditions Volume 2

Volume 2 Issue 1 (November, 1985)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Sporting Labour Markets and the Courts, Braham Dabscheck (pp. 2-24)
  • Factory Football: Paternalism and Profits, Philip Mosely (pp. 25-36)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Australian Cricket Council 1892-1900, Grace Radcliffe (pp. 37-46)
  • Advantage Australia: Davis Cup Tennis 1950-1959, Kevin Fewster (pp. 47-68)

Volume 2 Issue 2 (May, 1986)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Saviours and Sportsmen: Surf Life Saving in Western Australia, 1909-1930, E.K.G. Jaggard, (pp. 2-22)
  • Sport, Society and Space: The Changing Geography of Country Cricket in South Australia 1836-1914, Clive Forster, (pp. 23-47)
  • Australian Sports Review 1985: An Optimist’s View, John O’Hara, (pp. 49-53)
  • Sporting Equality in Professional Team Sports Leagues and Labour Market Controls.
  • What is the Relationship?, Owen Cowick, (pp. 54-73)
  • The VFA and the Search for an Identity, Paul Bartop, (pp. 74-87)

Sporting Traditions Volume 1

Volume 1 Issue 1 (November, 1984)

  • Editorial Preface
  • Race, Sport and Politics,  Colin Tatz (pp. 2-36)
  • Football, Liquor and Gambling in the 1920s, Chris McConville (pp. 38-55)
  • Australian Sports Review – A Personal View, Wray Vamplew (pp. 56-60)
  • Sport for Young Ladies: The Victorian Independent Schools 1875-1925, Ray Crawford (pp. 61-82)

Volume 1 Issue 2 (May, 1985)

  • Editorial Preface
  • The Economic Development of the Victorian Football League, 1960-1985, Bob Stewart, pp. (2-26)
  • The Melbourne Press and the Moscow Olympics, John T. Deane (pp. 27-42)
  • Australian Sport 1984: A Barracker’s View, Barry Andrews (pp. 43-50)
  • Sport and Politics: The (Gross) Anatomy of Their Relationships, Robert Paddick (pp. 51-66)
  • The Unasked Question in Australian Tennis, Virginia O’Farrell (pp. 67-86)

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