Welcome to the Queensland Australian Football Forensics
Queensland Footy Forensics is a group for anyone interested in the
history of Australian Rules football – both in Queensland and nationally
– whether it happened last season or a hundred seasons ago.
marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Australian Football in
Queensland. We’re producing a publication recording the history of
our game and would love you to become involved.
Launch of the Forensics
the evening of 30th March 2012 a group of enthusiastic footy fans attended
the launch of the Queensland Australian Football Forensics at the Pineapple
Hotel at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. The new Chief Executive Officer of AFL Queensland, Michael
Conlan, kindly gave of his time to be in attendance to meet guests.
Football author Greg de Moore’s talk
Greg de Moore
was our special guest speaker at Brisbane’s Pineapple Hotel on the evening of 23rd April 2012. Greg, a Sydney psychiatrist by profession, is the acclaimed author of the biography of the first hero of
Australian rules football, Tom Wills. The book was short-listed for numerous awards including the National Biography Award. Greg also
co-authored A National Game and spoke at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Football Cigarette Cards Talk
On the evening of 9th July 2012 at the Pineapple Hotel, Footy Forensics member Robert Allen gave a short informative presentation on one of his loves, pre-World War I football cigarette cards. Cigarette cards have a very long history and provide a unique insight into the players of their time, both informatively and pictorially. They are often highly valued, and many fans are avid collectors. Robert’s excellent talk was of an informal nature, and questions and discussion were welcomed.
Launch of ‘The Tigers: From Glory to Heartbreak’
Congratulations to Forensics member Bob Gower who launched his wonderful history of the Mayne Football Club on 24th October 2012 at the Breakfast Creek Hotel. Attended by some 200 guests, the success of the launch was a fitting reward for Bob, who had spent over four years of intensive research, including hundreds of interviews, in compiling the book. Proceeds from the sales of ‘The Tigers: From Glory to Heartbreak’ are going to charity. If you’d like more information, you may contact Bob directly by email here.
Launch of Volume 1 of ‘Origins of Australian Football: Victoria’s Early History’
On the evening of 8th November
2012 at the Pineapple Hotel, we celebrated the
Brisbane launch of Mark Pennings’ new book, ‘Origins of Australian
Football: Victoria’s Early History’. This first of four volumes is
subtitled ‘Amateur Heroes and the Rise of Clubs, 1858 to 1876’.
Launch of Volume 2 of ‘Origins of Australian Football: Victoria’s Early History’
On the evening of 29th October 2014 at
Woolloongabba’s Red Brick Hotel, we celebrated the
Brisbane launch of Mark Pennings’ second volume in his series ‘Origins of Australian
Football: Victoria’s Early History’. Volume 2 is
subtitled ‘A Golden Era Begins: Football in ‘Marvellous Melbourne’,
1877 to 1885’.
The evening of 11th June 2015 saw the Brisbane launch of Murray Bird’s ‘Athenians and Red Invincibles’ which tells the story of the beginnings of football in Queensland in 1866. It was a time when Queenslanders played by the Rules – the Australian Rules. After a bitter football war in Brisbane, Queenslander’s choice of codes was set for the next 130 years…
The Melbourne launch of the book was held on 18th June
2015 at the Royal Melbourne Hotel.
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