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The Corio Oval Tribe: A Prosopographical Perspective of the Geelong Football Club in the Nineteenth Century

Pennings, Mark and Pascoe, Robert (2012) The Corio Oval Tribe: A Prosopographical Perspective of the Geelong Football Club in the Nineteenth Century. Sporting Traditions, 29 (1). pp. 77-94. ISSN 0813-2577

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Abstract

Geelong, Victoria’s second city, soon lost out in the competition with Melbourne to dominate the young colony formed in 1851. The ‘Pivot City’ continued to serve as the entrepot for Victoria’s squattocracy based in the lush Western District of the colony, but failed to capitalise on the wealth generated by Victoria’s famous goldrushes of the 1850s. However, an important aspect of Geelong’s cultural identity was its Australian Rules football club in 1859, which was supported by squatting families and was soon based at Corio Oval. The success of this club proved to be important to the psyche of the city, and that success began in 1878 after the demise of its working‐class rival, Barwon Football Club, and when a wider cross‐section of players was added to the Geelong Football Club ‘tribe’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26016, Geelong Football Club, Australian football, history and culture, Western District, Corio Oval, nineteenth century
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
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Depositing User: Ms Phung.T Tran
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 04:55
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 19:39
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22776
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