By John Bloomfield
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39 To examine how and why the above-mentioned characteristics have evolved, it is necessary to trace them in the context of the history of competitive sport in Australia, a subject addressed in the following section. A u s t ra l i a ’s s p o r t i n g o r i g i n s Early developments in sport For obvious reasons, Australians directly inherited the British sports and games that had been slowly developing in the United Kingdom since the late 1600s. Sport emanating from simple games was poorly organised at first, but gradually became more refined.
106 107 On the global sports scene, Australia was able to recover from the Second World War more rapidly than Britain and the continental European countries, many of which had been devastated between 1939 and 1945. Without such rapid postwar development, Australia could not have made a great success of staging the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956. 27 AUSTRALIA’S SPORTING SUCCESS — THE INSIDE STORY CRICKET LEADERS CARRY ON THE TRADITION Since the late 1870s Australian cricketers have been known for their resolute style of play, especially against England.
At the Annual General Meeting held in Adelaide in October 1972, a motion was moved from the Chair to lobby all federal politicians to support the establishment of a Ministry of Recreation and Sport. A letter cosigned by the ASMF’s secretary at that time, Dr Ken Fitch, and the writer was sent to all members of the Federal House of Representatives and the Senate, asking them to support the establishment of a Ministry of Recreation and Sport. This 14 document can be found in Appendix A. Of the 36 responses, 27 were from Labor members and nine from members of the Coalition Government.