Oz Sports History

Things you never knew but are now glad you do!

Welcome to ozsportshistory   

(Last Updated 21 July 2014)

This is a privately operated 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!

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!


The City of Darebin. Control Data Australia. VIC TAB - How and Why. The Melbourne Rules. Cricket : A Simple Game. The Horse's Mouth. 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Feedback. Free Downloads. What's New.

21 July, 2014
CDA : two new pubs added, the Albert Park and Royal in East Prahran
Darebin : Twelve new entries in the Honour Roll (full roll and the update)
See Free Downloads for both
10 June, 2014
Our section on Darebin's First World War now includes a downloadable history of the services performed by nurses from the district (with an accompanying volume covering the area covered by WikiNorthia)
17 May, 2014
"Cedric's Automation Feature" now downloadable as a PDF.  - all the articles from The Australian 1964-71 relating to Control Data Australia (plus more)
14 April, 2014
Complete update of Daily Life at CDC, plus around ten new newspaper articles on "electronic brains" from the 1940s and 50s
28 March, 2014