Brooches, blues and bloomers: how material culture creates, sustains and enriches physical education and sport at Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Harvey-Short, Pauline (2016). Brooches, blues and bloomers: how material culture creates, sustains and enriches physical education and sport at Brisbane Girls Grammar School MPhil Thesis, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2016.185

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Author Harvey-Short, Pauline
Thesis Title Brooches, blues and bloomers: how material culture creates, sustains and enriches physical education and sport at Brisbane Girls Grammar School
School, Centre or Institute School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2016.185
Publication date 2016-04-09
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Gary Osmond
Murray Phillips
Total pages 167
Language eng
Subjects 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Formatted abstract
This thesis seeks to illustrate how material culture has created, sustained, and enriched the sporting culture of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School, a secular secondary girls’ school in Queensland, while attempting to contextualise the place sport plays in a schoolgirl’s education. There is an obvious void in the historical examination of girls’ physical education and sporting culture and this thesis is unique in the use of material culture as a methodology for its focus. The purpose has been to research the development of schoolgirl physical activity, specifically at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, through the media of objects and artefacts, not only illustrating the impact “things” have on people’s experiences and culture, but also exploring the value of artefacts as resources in the sporting context. Examining specific artefacts from perspectives of usage, style, context, and intrinsic and extrinsic value has enabled an assessment of the sporting and physical education culture of Brisbane Girls Grammar School. To explain the role sport and physical activity played in Queensland’s first secondary girls’ school, representative and original items were selected: prizes and awards for sport and physical education, photographs, and specific items of uniform. By using material culture as the lens, this study has enriched the traditional written history of the School. The thesis is divided into an introduction, followed by three chapters: prizes and awards; a comparison of newspaper photographs and photographs published in the School’s annual magazines; and a selection of three sporting uniform items. A conclusion examines findings and outcomes. Some of the findings include the evidence that material culture is an effective methodology to investigate the culture within a school and how that culture is sustained through material objects; the discovery of detailed facts about specific awards and uniforms; tangible evidence of society’s views of the female athlete throughout the School’s history; and the evolution of elements of the school’s sporting uniform.
Keyword Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Material culture
Photographs
Schoolgirl sport
Uniforms

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