Monthly Archives: December 2013

1862: Hobart Town

Every year, at Christmas time, I ponder the idea of tradition. Christmas is, essentially, a time to remember that gentle little story, about the baby and the star and the shepherds and the kings and the  – I’m guessing – relieved mum and dad. But in the West, especially over the last two hundred years, […]

Christmas Day 1914: The Western Front

It is sentimental and well worn. But as we head into Christmas week, it is a story worth remembering. A simple football game played on the frosty fields of France. By December 1914, the mobile war that had waged through Belgium and France had ground to a halt. Or, more accurately, had ground itself into […]

1952: Stockholm update #1

A while ago I blogged about my stuttering efforts to discover more about the history of the great Swedish trotting event, Elitloppet. Well, thanks to the suggestions of a couple of savvy readers (you know who you are!) I have been in touch with a couple of people from the Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp , or […]

1969: Johannesburg

On the eleventh of July 1963, the police raided a house in an outlying Johannesburg suburb. In the “Rivonia Raid” documents were seized that would form the basis of the case against the leadership of the anti-apartheid organization, the African National Congress. The raid also led to the ‘capture’ of the wanted men Walter Sisulu, […]

1901: Ben Buckler

It was a Wednesday morning, early in April. Some friends decided to go fishing off the rocks near Bondi. A place called Ben Buckler. As they stood there, casting out their lines, the swell grew. A huge breaker formed, and the men ran for safety. One, though was not quick enough. Although he was thrown […]

The Sport History Project

meanderings through our sporting pasts


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Australian Football World

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Critical Heritage

the critical heritage group at University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Through the Green Fuse...

Explorations in one John Waddingham's family story

Timor Archives

Clearing House for Archival Records on Timor Inc. (CHART )

Jack Chadwick

illustration | cartoons | storyboards

101 London Museums

A celebration of London's diverse Museums