Tom Brock Lecture
Australian Society for Sports History
Edited by Richard Cashman
Published by the Australian Society for Sports History and the Tom Brock Bequest Committee, Sydney, 2010.
The book includes:
• Tom Brock lectures delivered from 1999 to 2008
• An essay by Andrew Moore, ‘Whither the Squirrel Grip?’, which reflects on the decade of lectures and study of rugby league
• A biography of Tom Brock and details of the Tom Brock Bequest Committee, its committee and the topics chosen by Tom Brock Scholars
Andrew Moore wrote that the lectures reflect ‘authentic voices about the history of rugby league from people of different work, political, educational and social backgrounds’.
Author Thomas Keneally, who delivered the sixth Tom Brock lecture, stated that history, or a sense of historical perspective, should matter more than it does in rugby league. Tales From Coathanger City seeks to address this imbalance.
Pages: ix + 231
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The 12th Annual Tom BrockLecture wsa delivered by The Hon. John Fahey AC, on Thursday, 23 September 2010. The topic of the talk is Tries and Tribulations:
Based on a 50-year association with rugby league, Mr Fahey reflects on how a magnificent game, that regularly attempts self-destruction, survives and grows to new levels of excitement with each passing season. Rugby league, he suggests, is often exasperating but is always exhilarating. But is it indestructible?
Former NSW Premier and Federal Finance Minister, Mr Fahey was a player with Canterbury-Bankstown and Camden and Oakdale in the Group 6 Country Rugby League, being captain-coach of the two latter clubs. He later served in Group 6 administration as club president, group vice president and member of the Referees Appointment Board. He has also been a patron of the Bulldogs since 1993. After retirement from politics, he has continued to be active in rugby league and since 2002 has served as inaugural patron and director of the Men of League Foundation and chairman of Australian Rugby League Development Limited, the governing arm of junior league development throughout Australia. He was also a member of Rugby League’s Centenary Committee. Mr Fahey remains active in the corporate world as a director of three large companies. He has been the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2008 and has been rated by the London-based Sport Business International as one of the world’s 20 most influential sports administrators.
2009 11th TOM BROCK LECTURE
Since 1908 twelve clubs from the top level of club competition in what is now the NRL have departed. Some died of natural causes, some were kicked out and some of them continue to exist in merged entities. Why did they each start up? What factors led to their demise? What lessons can we learn from their dashed hopes and smashed dreams? How do those casualties reflect the game at that particular stage of its development and wider social trends in a local and national context?
Terry Williams is the author of Out of
the Blue: The History of Newtown RLFC (1993) and founded the Sydney
League News (1995) before spending a decade with the NSWRL/ARL where he
acted as Communications Manager and oversaw the establishment of the Jim
Beam Cup, the ARL Hall of Fame and the Centenary Committee. In 2007 he
compiled the photographs for the official ARL history of the game
publication and the National Museum’s Centenary RL exhibition ‘League of
Legends’. In 2008 he compiled Above All For Rugby League: 100 Years of
the NSWRL Referees Association and Through Blue Eyes: A Pictorial
History of Newtown RLFC. He is currently working on a book on rugby
league during the First World War.
Annual Tom Brock Lecture was delivered by renowned rugby league
commentator and author, Mr Lex Marinos, on 6 November 2008. The Lecture was titled From a Federation Game to
a League of Nations.
The 9th Annual Tom Brock Lecture was delivered by Mr Sean Fagan, whose presentation was entitled ”Nothing But a Nine-Day Wonder”: The founding of rugby league—Australia’s first professional code.
Rather than being a ‘Nine-Day Wonder’ as one journalist described it, rugby league and the NSWRL is about to celebrate its centenary. By just its third season, rugby league had not only survived, but gained domination of winter sport in Sydney, in the nation’s largest metropolis. How did it all happen so quickly? While the League’s opponents were decrying professional football as an abhorrent evil, what was it that made the ‘new rugby’ code so immediately popular with the public and footballers alike? After a decade of simmering discontent, a heady mix of star footballers, private speculators, player payments, profit sharing, club structures, 13-a-side rugby, internal bickering, and public sentiment, all combined to bring about the founding of Australia’s first professional football code: rugby league.
Sean Fagan is a sports historian and writer, specialising in rugby league and 19th century rugby union. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Rugby Rebellion—The Divide of League and Union (2005) and has just completed writing The Master: The Life and Times of Dally Messenger—a biography on Australia’s greatest rugby league player. His work can be found on the internet at RL1908.com and ColonialRugby.com.au. He is a member of the NRL and ARL Historians Committee, helping to plan for the code’s centenary in 2007 and 2008.
The 8th Annual Tom Brock Lecture was delivered by Professor David Rowe, whose presentation was entitled: The Stuff of Dreams, or the Dream Stuffed? Rugby League, Media Empires, Sex Scandals, and Global Plays.
The 7th Tom Brock Lecture was delivered by Mr Roy Masters. The lecture was titled ‘The Great Fibro versus Silvertail Wars’
Following careers as a schoolteacher and coach of leading rugby league teams, Wests and St George, Roy Masters became a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and a television and radio commentator. He was the first coach of the Australian Schoolboys’ team, which was undefeated on its 1972 tour of England. Masters is also an inaugural member of the Board of the Australian Sports Commission.
2004 6TH TOM BROCK LECTURE
Novelist Tom Keneally delivered the 6th Tom Brock Lecture in 2004. The lecture was titled "No more bloody bundles for Britain: The Post-World War II tours of the British and French Allies."
Tony Collins delivered the Tom Brock Lecture on the subject of '"Ahr Waggy": Harold Wagstaff and the making of Anglo-Australian rugby league culture', on 4 July 2003.
Alan Clarkson delivered
the Tom Brock Lecture on the subject of 'The Changing Face of Rugby League'
Mr Alex Buzo: 'Sydney: The Heart of Rugby League'
Alex Buzo is a writer who has long been a devotee of the folklore of rugby league. His play, The Roy Murphy Show, deals with that great institution, the television football panel. Buzo's book Tautology records the idiom of the code, which he has written about for The Sydney Morning Herald, as well as contributing a chapter to League of a Nation.
One part of the lecture dealt with The Roy Murphy Show, the first play reviewed by Rugby League Week (in 1971). Opinion was divided about whether the central three characters; Roy Murphy, Clarrie Maloney and Mike Conolly - were based on Ron Casey-Frank Hyde-Mike Gibson or Rex Mossop-Ferris Ashton-Alan Clarkson, depending on whether you watched Channel 7 or Channel 9.
Mr Ian Heads: 'Gang-gangs at one o'clock" … and Other Flights of Fancy; A Personal Journey through Rugby League'
Dr Andrew Moore: 'Jimmy Devereux's Yorkshire Pudding: Reflections on the Origins of Rugby League in New South Wales and Queensland'