One object, many stories

bookings required

04 August 2016, 12:30pm1:30pm
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, come and discover the colourful history of a rare book created to launch Melbourne’s bid for the XVI Olympiad. 

Only 12 of these special books with a lambswool cover were made and presented to the Olympic committee and King George VI. This book provides an insight into the first steps Melbourne took in its bid for the Olympics and how it presented itself to the world.


  • Kaz Cooke (chair) is an author, cartoonist, radio broadcaster and public speaker and was a 2013 Library Creative Fellow
  • Tim Hogan is Manager, Collection Development and Discovery at State Library Victoria
  • Leon Wiegard OAM competed in the 1964 and 1972 Olympic Games as part of the Water Polo team and is the current President of the Olympians Club of Victoria
  • Dr Matthew Klugman is senior lecturer in Sports Studies at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University