A guide to researching history, players, matches and clubs
Many Australian Rules football clubs, particularly those in the major competitions, will have written histories. For general results search for the name of the club. Add the term history for more specific results.
Club annual reports can be a great source of information. The Library holds a range of these for major football clubs, however the majority of holdings are since the 1990s. Holdings prior to that are sporadic.
Search for a club name followed by annual report to check our holdings. Of recent times club will often publish their annual reports online. Historic holdings of annual reports are sparse, and clubs at various levels haven't always archived such resources. Annual reports also may have had very small print runs. For reports we don't hold, check with the club you are researching, or the league in which they play. If reports exist you may be able to arrange access.
While extensive archives of club annual reports are not available, newspapers often reported club annual general meetings.
Search examples from the Trove Newspaper database:
See also the Newspaper box below.
Examples of newspaper reports of Annual General Meetings at various football clubs.
Sources used for family history can be very useful for details of a player and their extended family.
For the VFL/AFL see this publication:
This site allows you to browse through each club's jumper throughout their history - Home, Away/Clash, Heritage, One-off Promotional and Pre-Season Jumpers.
The full uniforms worn for each season of the VFL/AFL can be veiwed and in the club section, all uniforms worn in the clubs history. It also includes WAFL sides.
Notable players from the major football leagues often have published biographies. This has become much more common in recent times.
As of June 15 2020 the Library is open with reduced spaces and services.
Our Ask A Librarian reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.