Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey


Ex-CDA comments, suggestions, criticisms

 Stuff and Nonsense!

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!

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



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!


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January

All World War One In Memoriam Rolls extensively updated! (see WW1 Downloads for details)

Darebin : The Mark of Zorro and 1888 : The Railway Commeth. Both downloadable PDF documents and extensively updated.

And, of course, our contribution for

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.

October, 2018

A huge new thread added this month with many, many pages added on the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games - how the Games were won (by a single vote of 41 nations), squabbles over the site for the Main Arena, the Swimming Stadium and a dozen other things which saw the hosting of the Olympics seriously threatened including Australian quarantine laws; the Olympic Village at Heidelberg and the various sites, plus a letter from a 17-year-old that changed the Games forever.


New : January, 2019  

Check out the romance of Northcote’s cable trams, operating from 1890 and one of the last two cable systems to close in 1940 (although wartime restrictions left the possibility of operations resuming should rationing impact the operation of the double-decker buses which provided commuters with a service until the electric tram began in 1955

1888 : Fares Please! The Story of Northcote’s Cable Tram

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UPDATE : In April, 2018, our ISP has 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!

Also October, 2018


Lost Racecourses :

Newbies : Spring Vale, St. Kilda, Irishtown (Preston) and Thomastown

Updates : Prahran, Sandown Park, and Williamstown

and now also Gone to the Dogs

Greyhound tracks at Arden Street, Gracedale Park (Spring Vale), Maribyrnong, Napier Park (North Essendon), Sandown Park and White City (Tottenham)