Football match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, c. 1880. Etching
reproduced from ‘Victoria and it’s Metropolis: Past and Present, Volume
1′, McCarron, Bird & Co. Publishers, Melbourne, 1888 (RHSV
Collection – PHN-00225).
This unique game of football has been described variously as ‘. . .
the greatest game in the world’ and ‘. . . a violent collision sport’.
It was codified in 1859, having been gradually formulated in the same
decade – making ‘Aussie Rules’ one of the oldest codes of football in
the world. Read more...
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