Dr Gary Osmond

ARC Future Fellowship

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Senior Lecturer

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
+61 7 334 67591


Gary has a range of research interests in the historical and contemporary dimensions of sport. These include Australian and Pacific aquatic sport, racial stereotyping, sport myth, social memory and sporting histories beyond the written word.

Gary gained his PhD in the field of sport history from the University of Queensland, following joint enrolment in the School of Human Movement Studies and the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics. Dr Osmond teaches in the socio-cultural dimensions of sport and physical activities. He is a Chief Investigator on a ARC Linkage-funded digital history project on the Australian Paralympic Movement (2013-17).

Research Interests

  • Sport history
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Digital history
  • Race and sport
  • Visual representations
  • Material culture


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Osmond, Gary (2017). The changing field of sports history in Australasia. In The Oxford handbook of sports history (pp. 377-392) New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Phillips, Murray G. and Osmond, Gary (2015). Digital history flexes its muscle. In Gary Osmond and Murray G. Phillips (Ed.), Sport History in the Digital Era (pp. 251-269) Champaign, IL, USA: University of Illinois Press.

  • Phillips, Murray, Osmond, Gary and Morgan, Sandra (2015). Indigenous sport and heritage: Cherbourg’s ration shed museum. In Gregory Ramshaw (Ed.), Sport heritage (pp. 22-37) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray G. (2015). The bones of digital history. In Gary Osmond and Murray G. Phillips (Ed.), Sport History in the Digital Era (pp. 1-32) Champaign, IL, United States: University of Illinois Press.

  • Townsend, Stephen, Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray G. (2014). Wicked Wikipedia: communities of practice, the production of knowledge and Australian sport history. In Wray Vamplew (Ed.), Sports History (pp. 269-286) Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.

  • Osmond, Gary (2013). Destabilizing the past through photographs: picturing Japanese sporting tours to Australia. In Richard Pringle and Murray Phillips (Ed.), Examining sport histories: power, paradigms, and reflexivity (pp. 109-130) Morgantown, WV, United States: Fitness Information Technology.

  • O'Neill, Mark and Osmond, Gary (2012). A racehorse in the museum: Phar Lap and the new museology. In Murray G. Phillips (Ed.), Representing the sporting past in museums and halls of fame (pp. 29-48) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray G. (2012). Enveloping the past: sport stamps, visuality and museums. In Mike Huggins and Mike O'Mahony (Ed.), The visual in sport (pp. 52-69) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Osmond, Gary (2012). Norman, Peter (1942-2006). In John Nauright and Charles Parrish (Ed.), Sports around the world: history, culture, and practice (pp. 423-423) Santa Barbara, CA, United States: ABC-CLIO.

  • Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray (2010). Sources. In S. W. Pope and John Nauright (Ed.), Routledge companion to sports history (pp. 34-50) Abingdon, Oxon, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Routledge.

  • Osmond, Gary (2007). Duke Kahanamoku. In John B. Hattendorf (Ed.), The Oxford encyclopedia of maritime history (pp. 291-292) New York, United States: Oxford University Press.

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