History Trust of SA

Talking History Online:
Let’s Get Physical

Tuesday 21 September, 5.30pm – Let’s Get Physical: Preserving SA’s Sporting Stories

South Australians have long had a love affair with sport. For over 180 years sporting clubs and associations around the state have provided an outlet for physical activity, a sense of community, and a place to come together. We’ve excelled in international, national and local arenas, but sport is not just for the professionals: a 2013 report found two thirds of us actively participate in some form of sport for recreation.

In this talk Keith Conlon will take us on a tour of some great moments in South Australian sporting history, with a particular nod to the SANFL Football History Committee where he has been active in preserving our history, and working on an upcoming exhibition for the 145th anniversary of the SANFL.

Kirby Fenwick will introduce us to a woman we should all know. In 1937, trailblazing South Australian sports journalist Lois Quarrell wrote that ‘few girls are content to be mere spectators’. She could have been talking about herself. A meticulous reporter, a passionate advocate and a champion administrator, Quarrell’s contribution to sport and sports journalism in Australia is notable and in many ways groundbreaking.

Take to the field with our panel of sports history enthusiasts, and learn more about our playing practices of the past.

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