School of Arts

Dan Eddy

CRCAH doctoral candidate

Alex Jesaulenko and the ever changing face of Australian football


This project critically examines the impact that Alex Jesaulenko had on Australian Rules football, and the role football played in his own life. Importantly, it provides a micro-history of the path travelled by post-WWII migrants; the challenges they faced in firstly their homeland, then in their formative years in Australia. The changing face of Australian football (1960s-1990s) will also be a theme of the work, explored through the lens of Jesaulenko's career; first as a player, later as a coach for the Carlton and St Kilda Football Clubs. This study of Jesaulenko will contribute to Federation University Australia's expanding catalogue of Australian historical research, and will result in the first scholarly biography of one of Australian Rules football's finest exponents.

In 2013, Dan Eddy completed a Master of Arts degree (Victoria University), and the year before delivered a presentation at the "Heritage, Communities & Cultures" conference in Melbourne. He has had academic articles published in Sporting Traditions (the journal of the Australian Society for Sports History) as well as Sport, Culture and Society: Connections, Techniques and Viewpoints, and has also published articles in the AFL's Football Record.

In 2014, Eddy published his first book, King Richard: The Story of Dick Reynolds, Essendon Legend. He has since published a further nine books (four as sole author, five co-written), including Larrikins & Legends: The Untold Story of Carlton’s Greatest Era, Always Striving: The Key Moments That Have Made the Essendon Football Club, and The Norm Smith Medallists (released in August 2018).

In 2016, Eddy was awarded a three-year PhD scholarship with Federation University Australia, and presented at the “From Boom to Bust” Australian Historical Association conference in Ballarat.

With a strong passion for the history of sport, Eddy has conducted interviews with more than 500 past and present sportspeople as well as other Australian figures, along the way compiling an impressive oral collection. He is scheduled to submit his PhD thesis on Jesaulenko in early 2019.