Stuff you never knew, but are now glad you do!

Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey


Welcome to ozsportshistory  

This is a privately operated and financed site with material I have collected over twenty or thirty years, although I confess that because I am not the most organised person on the planet as the walls of all five rooms of my modest little inner-city home being almost being exclusively decorated, not with paint or wallpaper, but with Post-It Notes of various colours and shapes, many of which seem to have text written in something akin to left-handed Swahili, or perhaps to quote "Banjo"Paterson     "a thumb nail dipped in tar”

What will I find here?

What you will see here is an eclectic collection of odd and largely unknown things about various Australian sports with some additional historical material on the city of Darebin in Melbourne and one of my old workplaces, Control Data Australia (in conjunction with the "official" ex-CDA website) which in turn brings in an extensive history of the totalizator prior to the introduction of the Victorian TAB

Basically, anything which has attracted my attention over the years!

Which includes around ten years of research into into those men and a dozen-or-so women that served King and Country during the First World War   This research officially came to an end on the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli - not by any great design, just a happy coincidence that at that point, I could not see any further convenient avenues of further enquiry!

What is the site structure?

To be perfectly truthful, there really isn't one - much of the material is rag-tag collection of things that I have found interesting over the years and if you are into Australian sports and their history, I'm guessing you might be too!

What is the site history?

In general terms with time permitting, we update the site around the middle of each month - mostly CDA and Melbourne Rules, but it could be anything at all!  Check  Latest News for the current updates



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1  Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles  2  Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources:


 

What you will see hear eclectic collection of odd and largely unknown things about various Australian sports with some additional historical material on the city of Darebin in Melbourne and my old workplace, Control Data Australia

What is the site structure?

To be perfectly truthful, there really isn't one - much of the material is rag-tag collection of things that I have found interesting over the years and if you are into Australian sports and their history, I'm guessing you will too!


 Stuff and Nonsense!

--- LATEST NEWS ---

May, 2018

Control Data Australia updates round off the CDC Anti-Trust suit against IBM along with a few other bits ‘n pieces.  Our Preston Boer War page has updates and new images. Our Darebin history reveals the controversy over plans in 1915 to extract water from an underground river supposedly funning about 130 feet under the course of the Merri Creek. Our downloadable Women In Uniform (WikeNorthia) has been updated with Frances Mary MILLER from Eltham

April, 2018

Melbourne Rules : KEY MOMENTS : Considerably more detail to our page on A. E. “Buck” Wheatley’s recollection of the 1867 formation of the  Emerald-hill/South Melbourne/Albert-park football club

Plus a page on “Buck” himself - Alfred Emblem Wheatley himself and his early contribution to South Melbourne’s early sporting history.

Control Data Australia

As usual, several new pages, especially on the $100-million plus Anti-Trust law suit settled by IBM in 1973

March, 2018

Major updates to the sample list of WW1 casualties from the Darebin district - several new additions, plus details of burials or commemorations and brief details of many of the women that grieved back in Australia.  Also added a photo of the 1946 Preston Boys team, one of the original P.D.J.F.A. Clubs, later Rivoli Stars and the junior club of Collingwood legend Murray Weideman.


NEW!

Check out the souvenir released for a “Chapel Built In A Day

Many will be aware that the The Church of Christ in High street, Preston was erected by members of the Congregation on Saturday, March 25, 1911

Just how did they do it?

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