Harold Oliver was the most spectacular footballer of his era from 1910 to 1922 and a man admired not only for his skill but also for his gentlemanly conduct. Without doubt the worst time of his life followed an affray with spectator John Purcell during a ‘friendly’ Riverland match on 20 June 1925 resulting in Purcell’s death two days later. This story presents detailed evidence from the coronial inquest held in Renmark from 30 June to 1 July and Oliver’s evidence at his criminal trial before judgment was passed on 3 September that year.
On Boxing Day, 1885 Donald Dinnie and William Miller took part in a wrestling match at Adelaide Oval. Dinnie and Miller could each lay claim to being the greatest athlete of the 19th century and among the most important sporting figures to appear at the ground.
The subject is Adelaide sport beginning less than 20 years after colonial settlement. It is a time of rapid transition as cricket, football, horse racing, swimming, hunting and many other sports establish clubs and associations to promote the wider interests of therir members and competitors.
This is the story of the South Australian chapter of the Australian Society for Sports History which began life in 1996. It is a record of hundreds of voices at 119 meetings in 20 locations (mainly pubs); of raising scores of issues about a wide range of sports; of enjoying fun and fellowship along the way.