I am a historian. I recently completed a PhD which examined the history of Australian rules football spectator culture. As anyone who has had the (mis)fortune to do a big piece of research will know, in the course of study you often stumble on pure gems – evidence, quirky stories, nice ideas – that no matter how hard you try, can’t be squeezed into the finished thesis, essay or report. So you file them away, promising to one day go back and do ‘something’ with them.

So this weekly blog is my something, where I will share some curious bits and pieces from our sporting past. If you have any suggestions for events or topics you would like to see covered, feel free to leave a comment. For more information about my research and publications, visit my page on academia.edu.

Cheers, Melissa


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