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John Landy talks about becoming a world record runner, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former champion runner John Landy recalling how he became a world record holder. He says that in the early 1950s, the possibility of running 1 mile (1.6 km) in under 1 minute was 'a great talking point'. He says Roger Bannister became the first to achieve the goal in May 1954. Landy ...


John Landy recalls an act of sportsmanship, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of a former champion runner, John Landy, recalling an incident during the Australian mile championship in Melbourne on 11 March 1956. Landy says that the spikes of his shoes tore the arm of another runner, Australian Ron Clarke, who fell in front of him. He describes stopping to help Clarke, ...


Allen's motorcycling collector cards, 1927-30

These are 52 Allen's collector cards featuring Australian and international motorcycle riders. On the front of each card is a blue-tinted photograph of a rider together with their name. The reverse side of the card features information about the rider and about Allen's confectionery.


Pins from Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 1997

This is a boxed pin set to commemorate the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It was manufactured from metal and plastic by AMINCO Australia Pty Ltd, and contains samples of human DNA for authentication purposes. The pins are mounted on velvet and cardboard in a silver metallic-coloured presentation box with plastic coating. The ...


T-shirt worn at the US Open by Tommy Haas, 2002

This is a sleeveless cotton blend T-shirt made by Nike in the USA, and worn in 2002 by Tommy Haas at the US Open tennis tournament held at Flushing Meadow, New York. The white T-shirt features a high round neckline, and has the Nike 'tick' symbol embroidered on the left chest. The T-shirt is machine sewn and unlined, and ...


Bird's Service Station, Collingwood, 1955

This is a black-and-white photograph from a negative depicting Collingwood Football Club players posing for a publicity photograph for Mobil petroleum at the service station and motor garage of T Bird in Collingwood, Melbourne. Included in the photo is Robert (Bob) Rose - standing at the driver's door of the Holden motor ...

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Taking elite training to new heights

What is altitude training and does it really benefit elite athletes? This clip explains how the body responds to changes in oxygen availability at high altitude, and how athletes use this knowledge to adapt their training. Find out about a study to determine the best altitude-training program and the impact of winter sports ...


Mark Taylor discusses leadership, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Australian cricketer Mark Taylor outlining his views on leadership in general and specifically on leadership in cricket. Taylor indicates the personal value he places on communication in leadership. He states that while he was the Australian national cricket captain, he recognised ...


'Photographing marbles' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1997

This black-and-white cartoon by Judy Horacek comments on the lack of coverage of women's sport in the Australian media. It shows two young boys playing marbles surrounded by the media, while a woman with medals around her neck stands alone, ignored. Further information is available for this resource.


Shane Gould reflects on being an Olympian, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the former champion Australian swimmer Shane Gould talking about being an Olympian. Gould states that the values and ideals of the Olympic Movement are 'wonderful' and make Olympians feel 'a little bit special'. She reflects on the very big difference between the era when she competed, ...

Teacher resource

Changing whispers into roars - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea suggests many different activities for developing students’ awareness of change over time using carefully selected images from Australia’s past. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.


Four Corners: Fixing Cricket, 2000: The good, the bad and the ugly

This clip shows Rashid Latif, former captain of the Pakistani cricket team and whistleblower on match fixing, holding a cricket clinic with his students and explaining to an interviewer how he was encouraged to take part in match fixing. Scenes showing Latif bowling and batting at the creases provide the background for ...


That's Cricket, c1931: 'The love of cricket'

This black-and-white clip presents cricket as an important part of Australian life in the early 1930s. Sequences include a toddler with a miniature cricket set, a group of boys playing a street game and the Australian test team in action. The accompanying narration describes the way cricket is important throughout childhood, ...


General Motors-Holden's - John Fisher, Another Holden Driver, 1962

This black-and-white clip with sound shows a 1962 television advertisement for Holden cars. It features a vox-pop style interview between television sports presenter Tony Charlton and John Fisher, member of the Hawthorn team in the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League). The interview takes place ...

Teacher resource

Exploring biographical writing

The 'Biography' section of the Civics and Citizenship Education website presents biographical writing as an accessible and lively way to explore Australian history and society. It contains short biographies of prominent Australians, both contemporary and historical, and lesson plans for reading and analysing biographical ...

Interactive resource

John Landy

This is a student resource about John Landy, a great Australian athlete and true sportsman. Three photographs in the slideshow portray him taking the athletes’ oath at the 1956 Olympics, being congratulated after winning an event, and at the Australian Gallery of Sport in 1990. Text on screen describes his athletic achievements, ...


Football teams coming onto the field

This is black-and-white silent footage from a late 1920s movie newsreel or documentary about a game of Australian football, showing players and officials coming back onto the field to resume play, possibly after half time.


Woman with surfboard, Surfers Paradise, 1963

This is a black-and-white photograph of a woman in a bikini carrying a surfboard as she walks out of the sea onto the beach at Surfers Paradise, Queensland, in 1963.


Poster for women's Test cricket, 1937

This is a poster from the Women's Cricket Association advertising a 1937 Test match between Australia and England at The Oval, London, on 10, 12 and 13 July.


Portrait photograph of Donald Bradman, 1930

This is a formal black-and-white portrait photograph of Donald Bradman taken in 1930. It shows him wearing his Australian team blazer, probably before embarking upon a tour of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and of England, where the Australian team was to play a series of Ashes Test matches. The blazer displays the Australian coat ...