Digitisation of football material continues at the State Library of Victoria. Mostly it is out of copyright material, i.e. material published before 1955. TheVFL/AFL Football Record is an exception to this however. A couple of examples of digitised books are listed below.
Football fragments : cartoons and caricatures by by Hal Gye, 1921.
Let’s look at football / with Hugh Buggy
To find more online footy books go to the State Library of Victoria’s Search page, and type in “Australian Football”. Make sure you click the ‘Books’ tab before you do this. You will get a lot of results with this search, BUT, once you see the search results, click on the “Online Resources” tab, and you will see about 76 digitised items. These are the digitised books.
Let's Look at Football, by Hugh Buggy, 1952, cover image
Rennie Ellis, a renowned photographer of Australian social life and personalities, took many photos of VFL football. Most of these date from the 1970s and 1980s. Many of these photos can be seen online through the State Library of Victoria’s website. There are about 650 online images in Ellis’s footy pictures overall. See Rennie Ellis football images to view.
Hawthorn football player, Kelvin Moore. 1978. Photo by Rennie Ellis, from the ‘Rennie Ellis Collection, Australian Rules Football’, held at the State Library of Victoria.
Trove is a vast online archive of Australian published and unpublished material. It includes a search-able catalog of books and other items in Australian Libraries. Trove allows people to create an account which can be used to create lists, or give items descriptive tags. These features are now very common on social networking sites. There are some good footy lists and tags on Trove. A Trove user identified as ‘swade’ has created a useful list of links to newspaper reports on VFL Grand Finals, and the Brownlow Medal. Check them out at VFL Grand Finals, and VFL Brownlow Medals. Check out AFL and VFL Football Club Histories, as well, this is one of my lists.
A notable collection of football photographs at the State Library of Victoria is the Charles E. Boyles collection. Ken Mansell a researcher from Central Victoria Victoria has compiled a research guide to many of the photos in the Boyles collection. Ken has been studying the photos for many months and has undertaken a huge amount of research to try to establish as much information as possible about the photos, especially the identity of the players and various officials in the various photos. Through Ken’s efforts 145 of the 225 photos in the Boyles Collection have been identified to some extent. Some have been fully identified.
Richmond Football Club in front of Grandstand
Image from the Charles E. Boyles Collection, Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria. Accession No. H2008.122/108
Ken has been attaching this information to the online catalogue records for many of the photos from the Boyles Collection. You can read his comments by searching the State Library’s online catalogue. Select the ‘Pictures’ tab in the catalogue and type in ‘Charles E. Boyles’ and ‘football’ to find images. Ken’s comments have been compiled in a printed research guide which is available for consultation in the Newspaper Reading Room at the State Library.
Just finished reading All I Can Be by former Collingwood champion Nathan Buckley. As far as footy autobiographies go it is pretty substantial, a bit over 400 pages. I found it a pretty absorbing read most of the time. He documents his whole career as you would expect in a book of this length but there is plenty of reflection and analysis of the craft, discipline, techniques and psychology involved in succeeding in football at the elite level. Buckley clearly indicates you have to be exceptionally tough mentally and physically to survive.
Cynics might suggest it formed part of a job application for his current assistant coach and head coach in waiting position at Collingwood. There could be some truth in that but who could blame a player with serious coaching aspirations for that. Overall I felt it was a pretty honest book. The relationship between Buckley and his father was a fascinating one to learn about. It doesn’t contain the commonly used lists of greatest players, opponents, my greatest team sections etc. These segments are going out of style in footy biographies which is perhaps a good thing. However he does reveal that Cameron Ling was probably the hardest opponent he faced, Darren Jarman he rated as the best kick – he meant general field kicking, and Gary Ablett Senior as the best player he had seen.
All I Can Be by Nathan Buckley, with Ben Collins.