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Allied soldiers' athletics carnival, c1918 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel. Filmed in England, the footage begins with an intertitle, ‘The 100 Yards Championship’, and shows four running races (three of which appear to be heats), one after the other, each with five competitors. The last race is possibly the final as a Canadian ...

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The Stawell Gift - Staging the Golden Jubilee Carnival, 1927: The Stawell Gift 130-yard dash

This clip shows silent, black-and-white footage of the semifinal and final of the 130-yard (120-m) sprint at the Stawell Gift's Golden Jubilee carnival in 1927. It shows Stawell's Central Park where the carnival is still held, some of the 30,000 spectators who attended the 1927 event, race officials, two broadcasters from ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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, ...

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Footrace

This is an excerpt from a silent black-and-white film made in 1923. It contains seven scenes. The first two scenes show large numbers of spectators crowding around a section of the track as runners turn into the sports ground. The third scene shows the crowded stands. The fourth and fifth scenes show the lead athletes running ...

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Start of a girls' race in 1927

This is a photograph of the start of a race for girls at a school sports day at the Acton Sports Ground, Canberra. Eight girls of early secondary school age are lined up to start a running race. Some spectators look on in the background.

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Boys' obstacle race in 1927

This is a photograph of a boys' obstacle race at a school sports day at the Acton Sports Ground, Canberra. Six boys are crawling through a ladder-like structure that has been placed across the track.

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Fun at the race course at Gundagai in 1920

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. It begins with the intertitle 'Fun at the Race Course' followed by a wide panning shot of a crowd of children and adults. The next ...

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Allied soldiers' athletics carnival, c1918 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel. Filmed in England, the footage begins with an intertitle, ‘Field Events’, and shows five soldiers competing in the long jump, with other soldiers measuring the lengths of the individual jumps. This is followed by two soldiers competing in the high jump ...

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Nipper lifesavers on a Sydney beach, 1987

This is a colour photograph of young girl and boy members of Nippers, a junior lifesaving program conducted by the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia. The children are taking part in a relay on a Sydney beach in 1987.

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Aerial photograph of the Olympic Stadium, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of an aerial view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in its role as the Olympic Stadium. Taken on 22 November 1956, the photograph shows the huge crowd gathered for the Opening Ceremony with the 'march-in' of the competing teams in progress. It was taken by a Herald and Weekly Times photographer ...

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Australasian Gazette - Mermaids Swim Well, c1928

This silent black-and-white clip shows highlights of a women's swimming carnival held at the Bondi swimming baths in Sydney in about 1931. It shows footage of various races in which records were 'smashed', including Edna Davey surging ahead in the 'mile championship', the relay race won by the Bondi Club, and Jean Cocks ...

Teacher resource

Yulunga: kangaroo

Imitation activities were a favourite and popular activity for children everywhere. In one activity children would copy the actions of the kangaroo. This is a jumping relay race based on the actions of a kangaroo jumping. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a ...

Teacher resource

Yulunga: inkanyi

Although not a universal activity, athletic events were common. In a part of central Australia the children would have running races together. The race was a cooperative effort. According to age, running speed and fitness levels, runners started at different distances and all players attempted to finish together. This activity ...

Teacher resource

Yulunga: tarnambai

Although not a universal activity, athletics-type events were common. On Tiwi (Bathurst) Island the children collected the seed heads of the ‘spring rolling grass’ (Spinifex hirsutis) that grew on the sand hills near the coast. These were taken to the beach and released. The children allowed these to be blown along by the ...

Teacher resource

Yulunga: kungirruna

Various types of running and stepping games were played in many parts of Australia. This is a running and stepping activity in which players step on (or over) markers. The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture ...