Gaelic football

Join this Vicfix campaign to disqualify mistakes in historic articles about Gaelic football

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Gaelic football

Played by Irish immigrants on the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, the 'brilliant speed, reckless daring, wild courage and sustained action' of Gaelic football is alleged to have influenced Australian rules football, which was codified at around the same time. 

Historic newspapers attest to the popularity of the game that was played from Bendigo to St Kilda by green-guernsey-wearing teams of 15 men per side. In the 1950s, interstate competitions between NSW and Victoria were accompanied by hurling, Irish dancing and Irish pipe bands, and helped raise funds to build the casualty ward at St Vincents Hospital in Fitzroy.

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  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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Men playing football, photographer unknown, c1890-c1900. Gift of Mrs Carol Barton, 2003.

Gaelic football

Great news: all the articles in this campaign are fixed! Explore them by clicking on the 'Fixed articles' tab, or choose a newspaper article to fix in one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.