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

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  What's New for the latest details.



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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, 2017

The usual monthly update to CDA material, also new uploads for the “Women In Uniform” archives under Downloads.

For the City of Darebin, the Great War stream has been re-formatted with a new section added -Preston’s First Contingent” which tracks the background and ultimate fate of the first 22 volunteers to enter camp in the first week of September, 1914

The Darebin Boer War section has also been expanded to include Oz Timelines - Mafeking, The China (Boxer) Uprising, The Passing of the Queen, Federation and The First Census - also included in new downloadable PDF.

Also added is a section that details the 21 women from Darebin that served in various ways as nurses during the First World War. For full details of “Women In Uniform” - both Darebin and the wider scope covered by the WikiNorthia site, check out the Free Downloads page