Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay

A new paperback edition of Roy Hay’s excellent book about the historical role of aboriginal people in Australian football is now available. Details below.


Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere.



Paperback edition is now available. Special launch price from SESA via

[email protected]



CSP website link


If you open this link and then hit the View Extract tab you will have the first 30 pages of the book from which you will get a good sense of what it is about and can order it directly from the publisher if you wish. Australian bookshops can order it for you or I can supply direct from Bannockburn if you contact me at [email protected]




Gideon Haigh, ‘Field reports yield seeds’, Weekend Australian, 20-1 April 2019, p.  . https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/books/field-reports-yield-seeds/news-story/fa904f4d5a5b46055516de882e376129


Bernard Whimpress, Newtown Review of Books, 23 May 2019,



Colin Ritchie, Almanac Book Review, 24 July 2019, https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/almanac-book-review-aboriginal-people-and-australian-football-in-the-nineteenth-century-they-did-not-come-from-nowhere-by-roy-hay/#comment-1107891


Cam Ward, ‘Footbrawl over state of origin story: Academic rejects footy’s indigenous start’, Geelong Advertiser, 7 June 2019, pp. 28–9.


Steven Carroll in the Non-Fiction Review page of Spectrum in the Age, 1 June 2019, p. 22.


Chalpat Sonti, ‘Book looks back on local sporting legends’, Portland Observer, 31 May 2019, p. 10.


Tony Ward, Sporting Traditions, vol. 36 no. 1, pp. 77–9.


Trevor Ruddell, The Yorker, Issue 68, Autumn 2019, pp. 30–1.


‘Local Indigenous cricketers and footballers featured in book’, Hamilton Spectator, 25 July 2019, p. 5. www.spec.com.au


Robert Pascoe, Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere’, The International Journal of the History of Sport, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2019.1675036. Published online 16 October 2019, https://doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2019.1675036




Roy Hay with Tony Collins, Rugby Reloaded. 62 Race, racism and the origins of Aussie Rules



Roy Hay with Keith Rathbone, New Books in Sport, 29 July 2019, https://newbooksnetwork.com/roy-hay-aboriginal-people-and-australian-football-in-the-19th-century-cambridge-scholars-2019/


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