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Melbourne Olympics

The Library contains a wealth of material about the 1956 Olympics, which were a time of great celebration and marked Melbourne’s coming-of-age on an international stage. The event left an enduring legacy not only for Australia but for the Olympic movement.

Highlights of the Library's resources on the 'Friendly Games' include:

A detailed list of collection items can be found on the Library's 1956 Melbourne Olympics website. This includes information about sportspeople, events, results and the development of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Heidelberg Olympic Village. We also look at some of the controversies surrounding the event, and place the Games in a global context.

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