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Robin Poke’s PhD Submission: A Narrative History of Australian Rowing

Robing Poke submitted his PhD thesis for examination today at the University of Canberra. It is the culmination of six years assiduous research that is titled A Narrative History of Australian Rowing 1770-2016. I have been fortunate to be Robin's primary supervisor. I believe it to be a magnum opus in the history of rowing. It extends to two volumes and shares some remarkable primary sources to build the narrative. The abstract is: This thesis describes in detail the beginnings, development and progress of rowing in Australia through fifteen chapters that set out chronologically how the sport transitioned from the days of...

Robin Poke’s Rowing Research

Robin Poke presented a PhD progress seminar at the University of Canberra today (Wednesday, 23 November). The working title for Robin's thesis is A Socio-Cultural History of Australian Rowing, 1770 - 2016. This is a copy of Robin's presentation In the presentation, Robin discussed how he is organising the vast amount of primary sources he is using into three themes: Professional/Artisan Amateur/Elitist Semi-Professional/Government-Funded Athletes Robin has nine chapters of his narrative complete and is in the home stretch of his archival research. On his journey he has made substantial use of the remarkable repository that is the National Library of Australia's Trove. Questions during...

Olympic Gold at the National Library of Australia: 12 June

I was delighted to be invited to the launch of Robin Poke and Kevin Berry's book, Olympic Gold: Our Greatest Individual Olympians Since 1896. The launch took place in the Conference Room at the National Library of Australia. Senator Kate Lundy, the Federal Minister of Sport, launched the book and made it a delightful local, national and international event. The Booktopia Blog has a detailed post about this lavishly illustrated book. In Olympic Gold: Our Greatest Individual Olympians Since 1896, Robin and Kevin follow the inspirational journeys of Australia’s seventy-four individual Olympic gold medalists, at the Summer and Winter Games. The stories...

Robin Poke: A Sociocultural History of Australian Rowing

Robin Poke presented his PhD confirmation seminar at the University of Canberra today. Robin is researching A Sociocultural History of Australian Rowing. A copy of his presentation can be found here Confirmation Seminar. Robin outlined his passionate interest in rowing and drew upon over forty years of involvement in the sport to do so. Robin's Masters' thesis explored the life of Peter Antonie. For his PhD he will look at the development of rowing in Australia from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Robin anticipates that his research will lead him to investigate three eras in rowing: Professional/Artisan Amateur/Elitist Semi-professional/Government-funded It will involve exploring the interaction...