Aboriginal People and Australian Football

Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere

Roy Hay

ISBN: 9781527526488

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2PA, UK, 2019. Hardback, A5, 315 pages, illustrated. RRP £64.99. Australia $99.00.

Available 19 February 2019

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If you log in to the Cambridge Scholars website and click on the View Extract tab you will get the Introduction and the first 20 pages of the book which will give you a good flavour of the contents.

CSP has announced that Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century was its book of the month for July.

An eBook is also be available.

The paperback edition will be available in Australia shortly.

There is an excellent review of the book by Gideon Haigh in The Australian, 20 April 2019, Review, p. 20. The title of the review is apposite Field Reports Yield Seeds. A link to the review is: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/books/field-reports-yield-seeds/news-story/fa904f4d5a5b46055516de882e376129

Several other excellent reviews have followed and there are two extended podcast discussions that may be of interest.

Bernard Whimpress, Newtown Review of Books, 23 May 2019,


Colin Ritchie, Almanac Book Review, 24 July 2019, http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/almanac-book-review-aboriginal-people-and-australian-football-in-the-nineteenth-century-they-did-not-come-from-nowhere-by-roy-hay/#comment-1107891

Cam Ward, ‘Footbrawl over state of origin story: Academic rejects footy’s indigenous start’, Geelong Advertiser, 7 June 2019, pp. 28–9.

Steven Carroll in the Non-Fiction Review page of Spectrum in the Age, 1 June 2019, p. 22.

Chalpat Sonti, ‘Book looks back on local sporting legends’, Portland Observer, 31 May 2019, p. 10.

Tony Ward, Sporting Traditions, vol. 36 no. 1, pp. 77–9.

 Trevor Ruddell, The Yorker, Issue 68, Autumn 2019, pp. 30–1.


Roy Hay with Tony Collins, Rugby Reloaded. 62 Race, racism and the origins of Aussie Rules


Roy Hay with Keith Rathbone, New Books in Sport, 29 July 2019, http://newbooksnetwork.com/roy-hay-aboriginal-people-and-australian-football-in-the-19th-century-cambridge-scholars-2019/

If you read or purchase the book please let me know what you think of it.

Roy Hay

Honorary Fellow

Faculty of Arts and Education

Deakin University


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