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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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 ---

January, 2018

Some updates to both Darebin’s Boer War and the history of Darebin’s theatres, in both cases to the details of George and Frank Apted, prominent in both stories.

A whole new section to our archives relating to the battles to introduce the Victorian TAB - in this case, the issues behind the introduction of on-course doubles totalizators, circa 1949 to mid-1950s

The usual monthly update to CDA material adds a detailed TimeLine of the company, Control Data Corporation and World Computing.  

A little light-on in the later years of CDA and needing some Feedback. Also heaps of material from the Commonwealth Gazette recently digitised via TROVE.

Downloads : CDA

Melbourne Rules has a new entry under Footy In Preston on the Preston Y.C.W. Club, a new team that brought premierships to the district in 1942 and 1943

Downloads : Darebin

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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