Page 5902 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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Our team probably had more players come through our ranks than any other in the competition as friends of Charlie’s who came to Canberra to visit for the weekend were often drafted in for a game, and they did not seem to mind as they realised it was probably the only way they would catch up with Charlie. In his book John Maynard relates a few of these episodes of Charlie’s involvement in the Canberra scene.

The author of the book The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe, John Maynard, is a Worimi man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales. He is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle. He is also deputy chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. He is the author of four books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf and Fight for Liberty and Freedom and now, of course, The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe.

I congratulate John Maynard on his book. It is an interesting book and certainly worth reading. It is a great addition to Canberra-related sporting history.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 7.28 pm.

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