Chronicles of Australian Soccer details the development of football (or soccer as it was then known) in Australia in a period where records barely existed - from 1859 to 1949. It does so within a context of Australia’s geographic and cultural isolation, and the attitudes towards race and class. Finding some of these records has meant years of dedicated research to track clubs and games from every part of the country, presented in an easy-to-follow timeline. Chronicles of Australian Soccer is truly amazing in the depth and breadth of what it has unearthed and is valuable for the football anorak as well as anyone interested in how the debate about Australia’s place in the world has developed.
Peter Kunz is a retired Canberra-based librarian and researcher who has worked for cultural institutions such as the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.
From the late 1960s he played amateur soccer in Canberra and was also a soccer referee and a correspondent for the Soccer World newspaper in the 1970s.
He was a keen supporter of the defunct Canberra City and Canberra Cosmos NSL clubs.
His principal interest has been historical research, which has led to investigation of the early development of soccer in Australia as well as the curation of Australian soccer memorabilia.
Son of an Australian mother and a Hungarian immigrant, Peter’s formative years were spent in Sydney in the early 1960s watching and supporting the St George-Budapest soccer club.