Sports Heritage

Museums Australia Sports Heritage discussion group

Location: National
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Sep 16, 2013


This is a new site for the Sports Heritage network and we'll be looking to fill it with exciting sports heritage-related information soon. Your contributions are welcome and we look forward to reinvigorating the network via this site.
Joanne Bach - Secretary


Update, 23 May 2012:

Joanne has kindly invited me to assist with the administration of this Group.

A warm welcome to new members. Please encourage others to join!

Also, please note that if you use the "Send message to group" option on this page, it needs a moderator (Joanne or me) before being distributed as a direct email to members. We both have busy jobs, so the moderation may take time - i.e. cause a delay in your message being released.

More efficient is posting to the Discussion Forum or the Comment Wall, as per the examples on this page. Please contribute your own sports heritage news, and add comments to the threads already started...

If you post to the page, I recommend that you allow maNexus to help you "follow" any future discussion. You'll then receive an email alert whenever new comments are added.

Margaret Birtley

Discussion Forum

Future of the Sports Heritage National Network (SIG) 4 Replies

In 2011, Lee Scott from the Museums Australia (MA) national office contacted most of us to advise that MA had been undertaking a review of the National Networks and Special Interest Groups.Lee…Continue

Tags: sports, heritage, informal, discussion, network

Started by Margaret Birtley. Last reply by Margaret Birtley May 20, 2012.

Sports-related archives - Melbourne Cricket Club, Netball Australia, and Australian Paralympics...

 Melbourne Cricket Club Archives now available to the public!The Melbourne Cricket Club is pleased to announce that documents relating to its rich history have been made available to researchers for…Continue

Started by Margaret Birtley May 20, 2012.

Invitation to the National Sports Museum in conjunction with the MA national conference 2 Replies

Hi everyone - I've joined this group because my new job is with the Melbourne Cricket Club where I'm the General Manager Heritage and Tourism. My responsibilities incude the…Continue

Started by Margaret Birtley. Last reply by Margaret Birtley Sep 23, 2010.

Australian Football's Origins 2 Replies

In 2008 the AFL celebrated its 150th birthday. During that time they developed a new website . This site was quite unusual for the AFL as it included more personal stories,…Continue

Tags: australian football's origins, sports heritage, social media

Started by Angelina Russo. Last reply by Angelina Russo Sep 29, 2009.

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Comment by Ross Chadwick on September 16, 2013 at 17:41

Its certainly an evocative image. I actually wondered whether the image had been flipped. I read it as depicting a left hand bowler delivering under arm to a left hand batter and wondered whether it should be the other way around. If that's the case the batter could be seen to be stepping away to pull the ball to the leg side. The bowler's "sailor's" dress is also interesting.


Ross Chadwick

Comment by Margaret Birtley on September 16, 2013 at 17:29

Hi all,

To avoid any misunderstanding - I wish to advise this group that I recently resigned from the Melbourne Cricket Club (and thus am no longer connected with the National Sports Museum either). 

I am moving into freelance consultancy work in the wider museum field, and have advised the national head office of Museums Australia accordingly.

Others who are more directly involved with sports heritage than I now am should consider "stepping up" to assist with any communications regarding this Sports Heritage discussion group...

Best wishes,

Margaret Birtley

Comment by Margaret Birtley on September 16, 2013 at 17:16

Hi all,

The West Australian today has published news of an important find of a very early (1834) illustration of cricket being played in WA. They say:

One of the figures appears to be dressed in a sailor's clothing and has just bowled a cricket ball, delivered underarm.

At the other end of the pitch, a batsman awaits, bat raised, in what could be the earliest known depiction of a game of cricket in Australia.

I am not an expert in the game, but I interpret the sketch rather differently. The batsman looks to me as if he is completing a run rather than awaiting a delivery, while the "bowler" could well be fielding rather than delivering the ball.

What do others think?

Comment by Margaret Birtley on July 11, 2012 at 3:24

I was recently invited to write a short article about the 'distributed national collection'. I chose to focus on an aspect of the DNC that's close to the hearts and minds of everyone in this group - sports heritage! The article was published in Museums Australia (Vic)'s newsletter, Insite (May-June 2012, p.4), They have kindly published it online as well - go HERE to access "The Sports Heritage Jigsaw". Apologies that I couldn't include a mention of every sporting collection around the country.

I am sure there is more to say about the distributed nature of sports heritage. Please do comment here to expand on the theme.

Comment by Margaret Birtley on June 22, 2012 at 8:06

Don't miss this excellent new series. Inspiring, fun, thought-provoking - and all about the same sorts of "moments that made us" that are celebrated in all our heritage collections.

Sporting Nation starts 24June2012 on ABC1

Comment by Margaret Birtley on May 20, 2012 at 17:03


Hi all,

Here is news about the next major exhibition coming to the National Sports Museum. Opening on June 18, it's entitled "A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters". The exhibition has been organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and is indemnified by the Victorian Government.

Members of Museums Australia and ICOM are entitled to free admission - just show your membership card at the museum entrance. Remember to check the website for Opening Hours because times vary on match days.

The exhibition will be at the NSM throughout the London Olympic Games season, and will close on September 16, 2012.

Comment by Margaret Birtley on April 3, 2012 at 1:56

Hi everyone! This posting is to let you know that the National Sports Museum now offers online ticketing, and has a new logo. See here for more information. Of course, if you are a Museums Australia or ICOM member, you receive free admission when you show your current membership card. But for the folk who aren't members, you can purchase tickets in advance.

By the way, to stay up to date with news from the NSM, please subscribe to our free occasional e-newsletter. View the "Register Now" box at


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