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Aboriginal Peoples and Cricket in Colonial Victoria
15 August, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Professor Barry Judd will speak to 19th century Aboriginal participation in the sport of cricket in the Colony of Victoria. Drawing on a case study of Coranderrk cricket, Barry will reference the famous all Aboriginal cricket team of the 1860s to demonstrate how emergent Anglo-Australian nationalism ended possibilities that the sport might become a pathway to success for Aboriginal Victorians.
Professor Barry Judd is the Director of Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. Professor Judd is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara people of north-west South Australia, British immigrants, and Afghan cameleers. He is a leading Australian scholar on the subject of Aboriginal participation in Australian sports. His main research interests are in issues about identity – what kind of Australian identities have been formed out of the colonial contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. His research focuses on Aboriginal people in sport as a way of engaging the broader population in difficult questions around the place of Indigenous people in Australian society.