Roy Hay’s revolutionary work Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere has rewritten the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football. Bernard Whimpress of The Newtown Review of Books has praised it as a “vitally important book of Australian sports history”.
Recently, it has received still more attention in an excellent article by Rod Gillett of The NSW Australian Football History Society. The piece outlines the remarkable story of Sir Doug Nicholls, who was a talented athlete, advocate for aboriginal advancement, and who – in the mid 1970s – went on to be the Governor of South Australia. Nicholls is just one of the intriguing figures who reappears during Hay’s valuable history.
Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century is now available to pre-order as a paperback for just £25. Click here to purchase your copy.