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  Latest News for the current updates.



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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 ---

 October-November, 2017

Darebin’s Boer War

There is a major update to this document - not specific to Darebin, three new sections - Causes of the War,  Counting the Casualties, and Victoria Cross Winners (of which there were six Australians)

The usual monthly update to CDA material rounds out the first volume of material from the Bill Norris scrapbooks (just over 180 pages) The original prospectus is under Downloads : CDA

Melbourne Rules has three new entries, two Key Matches - the 1956 Olympics demonstration match and 1920 Finals, plus a new page in Local Footy (aka Preston) on the 1949 Wanderers side.

All of the northern suburban World War One Rolls of Honour (Darebin, Heidelberg, Eltham and Whittlesea) have been updated.  There are new entries in each Roll and many new Family Notices added.

Downloads : World War One

Other Downloads 1889 - The Railway Cometh and the two histories of Nurses during World War One : Women in Uniform (Darebin) and (WikiNorthia) have all been extensively updated.

Downloads : Darebin

NEW!

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

The Church of Christ in High street, Preston erected by members of the Congregation on Saturday, March 25, 1911

Just how did they do it?