More of the Kangaroo: 150 Years of Australian Football in Queensland

Despite commonly held misconceptions, Australian rules football has been played in Queensland for a long time.

Over 150 years ago, the first Brisbane Football Club was formed and since then, Australian rules football has been played in the sunshine state albeit for a brief pause in the last decade of the 19th century.

After over a decade of research, Greg Parker and Murray Bird will release their book More of the Kangaroo on December 11, 2018.

At over 1100 pages, More of the Kangaroo is a comprehensive history and cover the trajectory of the code throughout the state. It will include over 500 images and reveal facts about the evolution of the code at local level that are little known secretes in contemporary times.

The book is a local history, detailing the heroics, the controversies, the premierships along with the successes and failures of football from Cairns to Coolangatta.

Local heroes and villains, champions teams from Townsville to Toowong, umpires, interstate matches, women’s football and much more and chronicled, described, and brought to life.

More of the Kangaroo will be launched on December 11 2018 at the Coorparoo Football Club, Birubi Street, Coorparoo at 5pm for a 6pm start.

For those wishing to attend the book launch, please contact Murray Bird at

If you love the game of Australian football, if you have an interest in the history of Queensland, or if you just like a well-researched and well-written book, then pre-purchase your copy of More of the Kangaroo.

You can purchase the book HERE.

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