Lacrosse in Australia

Lacrosse in Australia


Lambton L. Mount and the Foundation Years By Doug Fox – OAM

This book tells the story of an ambitious and adventurous young man who changed the sporting landscape in Australia by introducing the sport of lacrosse into Melbourne in 1876. Lambton Mount is heralded as the undisputed initiator and ‘father’ of lacrosse in Australia but his broader achievements as an athlete, explorer, pastoralist, inventor, industrialist and outstanding Australian colonial pioneer have remained largely unsung. Now his fascinating and compelling story is told.

Mount’s motivation to introduce lacrosse is examined along with the details of how he inspired fellow-pioneers to join him during the foundation years of the sport. The birth and early development of Australia’s great lacrosse clubs are documented against the backdrop of the expansion of the sport across colonial borders, the coming of Australian Federation, the beginnings of women’s lacrosse and the interruption by war. The commencement and development of Interstate and international lacrosse in Australia form a key component of the narrative which is documented and supported with over 190 illustrations and photographs, many never previously published. Central to this story are the accounts of the key athletes and administrators who built lacrosse in Australia.

This is a ‘must have’ book for everyone who has come under the enduring spell of this unique sport.


This 280-page book with 190 photographs and illustrations is available for pre-order for $68 (postage and handling included) online.

In 1954, at the age of nine years, Doug Fox followed his father into the sport of lacrosse, starting as a junior at the Camberwell Lacrosse Club in Melbourne. That commenced a decorated playing career which spanned more than thirty years and included a decade of Interstate and International representation, culminating as Captain of the Australian Team for the 1974 World Championships. Along this journey he spent terms as a player, captain, and sometimes Head Coach, of three of Australia’s power clubs – Melbourne University, Camberwell and Surrey Park.

His adult playing days were supplemented by a broad range of roles in the development and administration of the sport, commencing in 1969 when he became the initiator and driving force behind a junior program to rebuild the ailing Camberwell Lacrosse Club. During the 1970’s he served as a Director and General Secretary of the Victorian Lacrosse Association and later contributed during ten years as a Director and President of the Australian Lacrosse Council. For the past three decades he has served as the Honorary Historian for the national governing body and for Lacrosse Victoria, researching and documenting the sport’s rich history. No one is better placed to have researched and brought together this book on the early history of lacrosse in Australia.

The book is perfect as a gift for a lacrosse enthusiast and as a prize/presentation item for clubs.

Purchase cannot be guaranteed for orders submitted after 30 August, 2021. Release date and book launch is early September, 2021. Any proceeds made by this book will be donated to the Lacrosse Australia Foundation to help advance the sport.