Members and associates of
the Sport History Unit are involved in a number of research projects.
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The earliest known
photograph of women dressed as Australian Rules players dates from
just prior to World War I. The above photograph was taken at
the Allan Studio in Smith Street, Collingwood.
Image courtesy of
In 1954, a match
between married and single women took place in Lorne, Victoria, to
raise money for charity. According to Gloria Norton, one of the
participants in the match, at the conclusion of the game well known
Victorian Football League umpire, Allan Nash, was picked up and
dumped into the nearby surf 'never to find his whistle again'.
Image courtesy of
Bonnie Castle. Special thanks to Caroline Leach.
Dr Rob Hess and Dr
Nikki Wedgwood (University of Sydney) are currently conducting
research in order to construct a national history of women’s
involvement as players in Australian Rules football. Their research
(currently unfunded) is intended to cover the period 1915 to 2015,
but they are especially keen to gather evidence and hear from women
who may have played or been involved in matches between 1915 and
1980. Ms Carolyn Leach is
currently completing an Honours project on women's football in
Melbourne during 1943 and is keen to hear from anyone who has
information on women playing football during this period.
Contact details are listed on the Home page.
CHINESE FOOTBALLERS (Australian Rules Football)
Dr Rob Hess and Dr Julia
Martinez (Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies,
University of Wollongong) were the recipients of a 2002 Victoria
University, Faculty of Human Development, Staff Research Grant. Their
project was entitled ‘Sport, Culture and Ethnicity: An Investigation of
Museum Archives Related to Chinese Participation in Australian Rules
Football in Rural Victoria’. Their aim is to document the involvement of
Chinese players in Australian Rules football. They are keen to hear from
any players, or descendants of players, of Chinese extraction. The
earliest evidence of Chinese players and teams dates from the 1880s.
AUSTRALASIAN CYCLING HISTORY
Dr Rob Hess and Dr Clare Simpson (Lincoln
University, New Zealand) are collaborating on a number of cycling
history research projects and have recently presented papers at various
conferences. The following papers are being prepared for publication:
Chelsea Litchfield (Victoria University) and Rob Hess, ‘Free-Wheeling:
Cycling News and Information in the Melbourne Argus, 1893-1899’;
Rob Hess, ‘Maintaining Cultural, Civic and Imperial Bonds: Vice-Regal
Patronage of Cycling in Colonial Australia’.
Rob Hess is also involved in a Cycling
Heritage Network to connect researchers in the field.
Associates of the Network include the Melbourne Cricket Club
Library, the State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, and CycleSport Victoria. Contact Rob Hess for details of the
network, or make a contribution to the CycleSport Victoria History
Audit by clicking
Details of other
research projects can be found by clicking on the images below.