When the History Society was first engaged, it began as a ‘sub committee” to trace and record this history of football within the state, not only Sydney but in the entire state of NSW.
The committee evolved into the NSW Australian Football History Society, which has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a membership of over 90 people.
Initially the group was receiving and accepting material that could not be stored. These boxes of items which include some great historical football stuff ended up in various peoples’ garages and in a number of cases their partners complained so it was eventually forwarded on to the State Library of NSW in Sydney.
When the Society gained rooms at the Western Suburbs Footy Club (Magpie Sports) at Croydon Park, and new material was started to be stored there in a systematic and arranged process, they still longed for the 40 odd boxes already at the State Library. Unfortunately when you donate items to places like the State Library, you don’t get them back.
However following several years of negotiation the Society gained access to the material which sice has exploded into 92 boxes.
The president, Ian Granland, Vice President Paul Macpherson and Secretary, Heather White arranged a time and date to inspect these items at the library.
They were ushered into the Special Viewing Room at the Mitchell Library and after a robust identification procedure, spent the following six hours examining the pages, photographs and publications stored in these boxes.
After an exhausting period they came up with quite a number of boxes that they have suggested to the library that they would like copied which+, besides being stored could be posted on the Football History Society’s website.
These include several annual reports from the North Shore Club of which Society officials had no knowledge.
“We were thrilled to find these publications” Vice president Paul said. “Of all the material we have, there is little from the North Shore Club and these items really fill a void. We will go through them all and soon post them for all to see.
These will make a great special article for the website when they are copied, so stayed tuned.
Image show Paul Macpherson in deep thought while processing the various items provided by the Library.