“More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland 1866 – 2016” New book release and launch details




Despite commonly held misconceptions, Australian football has been played in Queensland for a long time.


Over 150 years ago the first Brisbane Football Club was formed and since then Australian rules football has been played in the sunshine state, albeit for a brief period in the last decade of the 19th century.


After over a decade of research, Greg Parker and Murray Bird will release their book ? “More of the Kangaroo” ? in late November 2018.


The comprehensive history will be over 900 pages in length and cover the trajectory of the code throughout the state. It will include over 500 images and reveal facts about the evolution of the code at a local level that are little known.


This book is a local history, detailing the heroics, the controversies, the premierships and the success and failures, from Cairns to Coolangatta. The more recent deeds of teams in the national Australian Football League are not the subject of “More of the Kangaroo”. Local heroes and villains, champion teams from Townsville to Toowong, umpires, interstate matches, women’s football and much more are chronicled, described and brought to life.


If you love the game of Australian football, if you have an interest in the history of Queensland, or if you just like a well-researched and well-written book, then pre-purchase your copy of “More of the Kangaroo” prior to November 1 2018 and receive it well before Christmas.


The book will be officially launched in Brisbane on the 11th December


There is a discount for Almanac readers, please contact us via email [email protected] for more info.





Read an extract from the book here



  1. Fantastic, this is right up my alley!

  2. Looks like this will be a nice summer read

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