Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football

Congratulations to Brunette Lenkić and Rob Hess, whose timely new book, Play On! The Hidden History of Women’s Australian Rules Football (Echo Publishing), is the first comprehensive history of women’s Australian Rules football and showcases the hard work and resilience of players, coaches and administrators that has kept the women’s game alive since its inception in Read more …

Community Sporting Histories: Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority

This symposium will draw together historians working on local, community and intimate histories of sport in Australia to examine the limits and possibilities of inclusion that are so often touted as a key element of Australian sporting history. Speakers include Leigh Boucher, Sean Brawley, Tanya Evans, Matthew Klugman, Fiona Mclachlan, Keith Parry, Murray Phillips, Shirleene Robinson, Sophie Robinson and Read more …

Scrum

This critically acclaimed documentary will be screened in conjunction with symposium ‘Community Sporting Histories: Inclusion, Exclusion and Authority’ History Council of NSW History Week event in collaboration with Macquarie University  

Change, Commemoration, Community

EXTENDED submission deadline: Friday 24 June 2016 2016 Australasian Irish Studies Conference 29 November – 1 December 2016, Flinders University, Adelaide Under the umbrella of Change the conference organisers envisage subthemes of creativity, rebirth, revolution, renewal, new departures, innovation and economics. Commemoration encompasses all the significant events in Ireland’s political, social and economic life and Read more …

War, Sport and the Anzac Tradition

Kevin Blackburn’s War, Sport and the Anzac Tradition (Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics) was published this month. The book argues that there has been an Anzac sporting tradition which has intertwined the language of sport and war since the First World War. Its origins are in late Victorian and Edwardian ideas of masculinity extolling Read more …

Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules – and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

James Coventry’s Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules – and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them (HarperCollins) discusses the genius and ingenuity of the game’s greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics. Time and Space is essential reading for any fan who Read more …

AHA member wins 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award in Multicultural NSW category

Matthew Klugman (with Gary Osmond) has won the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award in the Multicultural NSW category ($20,000) for their book Black and Proud: The Story of an Iconic AFL Photo (NewSouth Books, 2013). The judges said, ‘In writing that is clear, conversational and never downplays the gravity of the subject, Black and Proud Read more …