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Book of the Month - July 2019

Our July ‘Book of the Month’ is Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay.

This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football and cricket in the second half of the nineteenth century. Exploring the emergence and the suppression of their sporting talent, the work shows how their successors did not come from nowhere.


This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football in the second half of the nineteenth century. It collects new evidence to show how Aboriginal people saw the cricket and football played by those who had taken their land and resources and forced their way into them in the missions and stations around the peripheries of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. They learned the game and brought their own skills to it, eventually winning local leagues and earning the respect of their contemporaries. They were prevented from reaching higher levels by the gatekeepers of the domestic game until late in the twentieth century. Their successors did not come from nowhere.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“This is a vitally important book of Australian sports history. It deserves to be read by a wide audience and by Aboriginal people in particular, among whom it is hoped historians will emerge to explore a vast range of stories in local communities.”

- Bernard Whimpress, The Newtown Review of Books, 2019


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