Crossing lines: Sport history, transformative narratives, and Aboriginal Australia

Bond, Chelsea, Phillips, Murray G., & Osmond, Gary (2015) Crossing lines: Sport history, transformative narratives, and Aboriginal Australia. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(13), pp. 1531-1545.

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In this collaborative article, we seek to unsettle the dominance of Western, reconstructionist accounts of Indigenous Australian sport history through reflections on our past research in the Queensland Aboriginal community of Cherbourg. That research focussed on a statue of legendary 1930s cricketer, Eddie Gilbert, and on sport exhibitions in Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum. Here, we are less concerned with unveiling the ‘true’ account of Australian Aboriginal sporting history, or even a ‘true’ Indigenous representation of events. Rather, we are interested in analysing various perspectives in order to generate a more inclusive and complete account of Aboriginal sport history and the narrative implications of these for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. Central to this endeavour is the positioning of Indigenous knowledge and understanding at the centre of history-making. The article is in two sections: reflections on our past work from the perspectives of the researchers themselves and an Aboriginal academic colleague, followed by a discussion of how those experiences and reflections will inform our pending project on the 1950s and 1960s Cherbourg marching girls teams.

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ID Code: 84046
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Australasia and the Pacific Regional Issue
Keywords: Aboriginal, Sports, History, Research methodology, Cherbourg, Narrative
DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2015.1038704
ISSN: 1743-9035
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 12 May 2015 00:48
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 03:42

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