Former NSW Australian Football League president, Doctor Rodney Gillett, who now leads and manages the English Language Programs at RMIT University, Vietnam, has accepted the honorary post of editor for the Society’s journal.
Gillett has had a passionate involvement in NSW football since he moved from the leafy Victorian town of Kyabram in the mid 1970s..
He initially studied at the University of New England and later took a post at Wagga’s Charles Sturt University where his involvement led him to write an in depth paper on the early history on Australian Football in the Riverina.
More recently he has found himself working in the education field in Korea, Fiji, and the United Arab Emirates in both the higher education and secondary education sectors. Dr Gillett holds a Doctorate in Education from Edith Cowan University, a Masters of Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland, a Masters in Letters, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Diploma of Education from the University of New England, as well as specialist ESL teaching qualifications.
Society officials are pleased that Dr Gillett has accepted the post full well knowing his love of the game and interest in football history.
He was president of the NSW Football League in a rocky period including 1986 and the following year offsided to cricket legend, Keith Miller who took over the chair.
Dr Gillett is no stranger to the History Society. For many years he was a member of the then Australian Football History Committee which was formed in the 1990s and served as a precursor to the current incorporated History Society. He continues his football literary skills having several articles published in the popular online football magazine, The Footy Almanac.
His responsibilities with the journal, include the selection of stories, editing and formatting.
The publication was first produced last year and circulated to members only of the Society. It proved quite popular and provoked a number of positive responses to its release.
Image shows Dr Gillett presenting the 1987 Under 20s premiership flag to Bankstown Sports Club officials.