Book Launch: The Origins of Australian Football: Victoria’s Early History Volume 5: Players and Clubs: The Complete Records 1858-1896


Please join Mark Pennings and reputed AFL statistician Col Hutchinson
in conversation with

John Harms.


Tuesday August 29


Melbourne Cricket Club Library

Melbourne Cricket Ground


This, the fifth and culminating volume of Mark Pennings’ Origins of Australian Football series, contains extensive records for every senior Victorian club that competed during the 1858-1896 period – including current AFL clubs Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Brisbane Lions (Fitzroy), Western Bulldogs (Footscray), Geelong, Melbourne, North Melbourne (Hotham), Richmond, St Kilda and Sydney (Albert Park/South Melbourne). The volume also contains a record of Victoria’s inter-colonial games and its players.


It contains an extensive list of the 7,000 men who played senior football during this time, noting each players statistics for their respective club/s. Mark Pennings also composed a “team of the nineteenth century” through which he describes the career details of 20 of the era’s greatest players. This volume is a boon for genealogists, historical societies and football club historians who want to discover the names of players upon which their clubs were founded, and accounts of these clubs’ statistical performance in the pre-VFL era. Pennings’ authoritative series had brought what was previously thought of as the “missing years” of Australian football history to light.


Copies are available at the Launch for $40.00 or contact John Harms directly at  [email protected]

Enter at MCC Members’ Entrance left side of Gate 2 Take Lift No 5, 6 or 7 to Level 3

RSVP: by 12:00pm Monday August 28 to the MCC Library Email: [email protected] Phone: (03) 9657 8876



  1. This is the final book in what is a magnificent five-volume collection. I have said it before, but Mark Pennings work (with Col Hutchinson’s support – and Col will play a role in the launch) is of enormous significance. Many will thank him in the years to come. I’m thanking him now.

    All welcome at the MCC library on Tuesday Aug 29. But you need to rsvp please [email protected]

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