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 Stuff and Nonsense!

Latest Update : April, 2019

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?

As we said, Stuff and Nonsense!  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!




e·clec·tic  adj

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!


January, 2019

Updated!

CDA : After two or three quiet months and thoughts creeping in that all that could be said about CDA HAD been said, two fabulous new additions : the Peter Johnson Gallery, a collection of remarkable images taken by our ex-comrade (including a couple of a CDC 3200 being cut in half so it could be removed via the lifts at the Bureau of Stats), followed by some remarkable Feedback on PLATO supplied by an American correspondent who was closely connected with development of the product both at the University of Illinois and later at CDC.



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UPDATE : In April, 2018, our ISP dropped its CAPTCHA facility on our FEEDBACK - this redirects via a third-party and the form sometimes takes a few seconds to load. Thanks for patience with this issue!

Now Read On …

May, 2019

Footy’s well and truly back and thus this month’s updates are to our Melbourne Rules section.

UPDATE : May, 2019. Following the FaceBook posting by Reservoir Football Club stalwart Robert Cockerell of a photo from the school magazine of the 1950 Preston Technical School A Grade premiership team which featured along with Ron Barassi two other 100-game-plus VFL players in Brian Pert (also a later captain-coach of the Preston Cricket Club) and Brian Buckley, and a host that finished up with Preston, two new articles have been added.

Footy in Preston : The first is on the team and the premierships, the second on the 1950 captain, Ray McBean who went on to become one of the Preston Football Club’s most interesting, if not controversial identities.

Footy in the War Years : The other new page is a follow-up to the earlier section on the new rules introduced by the Victorian Football Association in 1938, especially the “throw-pass” and looks at the impact on schools football which saw some schools playing under League rules in their rostered mid-week games and the Association rules when they played curtain-raisers to senior matches on the Saturday (and vice-versa). Check out Rules Chaos or perhaps our wider theme of Footy in the War Years.

April, 2019

What’s In A Name?

A new sub-section that outlines just how suburb names in and around Darebin where  derived from. “Reservoir” is obvious, but some others aren’t! More to be added!

What’s In A Name?

The Pender’s Grove Racecourse

Bit uncertain whether to include this under “City of Darebin” or “Lost Racecourses”, but as it never actually happened, we’ve opted for Darebin!

The Pender’s Grove Racecourse

A Suburban Walk

Northcote to Alphington

A fascinating excerpt from The Age of 20 August, 1887, just ten days after the introduction of the Spencer Street - Collingwood - Clifton Hill cable tram. It describes both the tram service itself and the rural nature of “upper” Northcote and east to Alphington.

A Suburban Walk

ANZAC Day Update

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February, 2019

New!

Darebin’s Transport

  1912-20 - Never a Paying Customer


 


 

 


 

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection?, a background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge.

Towns other than Kinglake mentioned during the Standing Committee hearings included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn and Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!

Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection?, a background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge.

Towns other than Kinglake mentioned during the Standing Committee hearings included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn and Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!

Last Updated January 2019 with an ongoing history of Northcote’s Cable Trams.












This remains Work In Progress while I further complete research into a companion document. the 1914-1920 Fitzroy - Northcote - Preston electric tram lines, a brief preview below.











 




January, 2019

Updated!

1888 : Fares Please! The Story of Northcote’s Cable Trams (PDF)

A rollicking history of Northcote’s “On Again, Off Again” tramway, the only cable tramway to be constructed in Melbourne by a private syndicate and then after many hiccups, operated by the Council itself.

New!

Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection (PDF)

A background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge. Possible connections included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn and Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

Updated!

1889 : The Railway Cometh

Our history of the Preston-Reservoir and Heidelberg railways


 


 

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection?, a background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge.

Towns other than Kinglake mentioned during the Standing Committee hearings included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn and Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!

Drifting a little northwards from our base of Darebin, this month’s release is 1911-26 - The Kinglake Connection?, a background of the efforts to establish a rail network across the outer northern areas from the existing terminus stations at Whittlesea and Hurstbridge.

Towns other than Kinglake mentioned during the Standing Committee hearings included Arthur's Creek, Scrubby Creek (now Humevale), Flowerdale, Strathewen, Glenburn and Castella, Toolangi, Kangaroo Ground, Christmas Hills, and a couple little-known today, Mitton's Bridge and Rushy Flat.

Our photo shows station staff at Whittlesea station, circa 1890, but don’t keep your fingers (or other personal appendages) crossed in anticipation of photos from Mitton’s Bridge or Rushy Flat!

Last Updated January 2019 with an ongoing history of Northcote’s Cable Trams.












This remains Work In Progress while I further complete research into a companion document. the 1914-1920 Fitzroy - Northcote - Preston electric tram lines, a brief preview below.