March 3 Seminar (Melbourne): The Footy Wars – the Beginnings of the Game



Many footyalmanac devotees enjoy live words as well as words on our screens


Here is a notice of the ASSH sportshist seminars, the first on the ‘baby’ of all controversies.


If you are interested in coming and haven’t been before please contact Steve Alomes or Tony Ward.


Steve Alomes


[email protected]  – 93721531

[email protected] – 9531 9518


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The first meeting for 2014 of the Victorian group of the Australian Sports History Association (ASSH) 2014 will be held at 7.45 pm on Monday 3 March.

The subjects ASSH covers range from the contemporary to the historical and the seminars do not require membership.


Here are details of the first meeting on a subject of enduring controversy.

David Thompson will talk about the main themes of his book, The rules that
made Australian Football, which was recently published by Walla Walla Press.


If you are interested in going and have not been before please contact the convenors,

Steve Alomes on 9372 1531 or Tony Ward on 9531 9518

PRACTICALITIES (see also attachment)


The Hess family will host.  The venue is 54-56 Brunning Street, Balaclava
(Melways 2P H12), on the corner with Gibbs Street.  The meeting room should
be accessed from the green side gate, located near the rear of the house on
Gibbs Street.   Please knock hard on the side gate in Gibbs Street.
Refreshments and vegetarian snacks will be served on the backyard deck from
7.45 pm, with the meeting commencing inside the house at 8.00 pm.

Transport details are given in the attached, but in summary:

–          Parking is limited in the area – spots may be available on Gibbs
or nearby Grosvenor Streets

–          Tram – no 67 Carnegie tram from Flinders Street stopping at the
Grosvenor Hotel, just near the top of Brunning,

–          Train – Ripponlea Station on the Sandringham line (the Balaclava
station is currently being repaired)

Steve and Tony


  1. This sounds good. Always good to follow the history of sport, as they say, if you don’t know here you’re coming from , how do you know where you’re going !?!


  2. Thanks Glen

    This is a research based historical study as well as a paper by the author of a new book on the subject,David Thompson .
    So, it is more than the frequent speculation from either the conservative (the game came only from rugby) or the radical (Marn Grook had a big influence) sides.



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