A history of Rugby Union football in Queensland 1882-1891

Horton, Peter Alan (1990). A history of Rugby Union football in Queensland 1882-1891 PhD Thesis, School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author Horton, Peter Alan
Thesis Title A history of Rugby Union football in Queensland 1882-1891
School, Centre or Institute School of Human Movement Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1990
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor -
Total pages 607
Language eng
Subjects 370403 Recreation and Leisure Studies
Formatted abstract The primary objective of this study is to present a sociohistorical analysis of the establishment, development and consolidation of rugby football in Victorian Queensland and particularly in the life of the city of Brisbane from 1882-1891.

The fundamental research procedure employed was a review of newspapers and journals of the period and the intensive analysis of these primary resources has shown that many secondary sources contain inaccuracies; thus the research has tested the credibility of many of the myths and apocryphal beliefs held about the game's history.

The research demonstrates the importance of the role of British expatriates, the influence of 'class', the effect of the philosophy of Muscular Christianity and, to what extent the establishment and development of rugby football, as a social activity in the colony of Queensland, was influenced by a general "Civilizing Process". The consideration of these factors has demonstrated the ascendancy of the ideals of the ruling-classes and has illustrated that the popularisation of rugby football was a consequent reinforcement of this dominant social ideology. This socio-historical analysis has shown, however, that these social forces were significantly modified by the physical environment of Queensland and its "frontier" nature.

The investigation not only presents a critical analysis of the initial decade of rugby in Queensland but also established an empirically more accurate history of the sport than has previously been available.

This study not only contributes to the understanding of the nature of sport in 19th century Australia but also represents an insight into the origins of the ethos of modern Australian sport which, as an institution, so significantly underpins present day Australian society.

Keyword Rugby Union football -- Queensland -- History.
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

 
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