Australia hosted its second Olympic Games in 2000 in Sydney and it was a wonderful success. But let's not forget the first occasion in 1956 when Melbourne hosted the XVIth Olympiad. Although this was 50 years ago, the memories are still fresh in the minds of many Melbournians and the following sites reflect on the 1956 Games, including the 2 racewalking events - the mens 20 km and the mens 50 km.
A huge Victorian Government photographic archive is to be found at http://wiki.prov.vic.gov.au/index.php/1956_Olympics_Photograph_Index
The Herald Weekly Times photo archive for the 56 Games has been
digitised and is found at:
Apart from thse official archives, we have our own unofficial VRWC archive of photos and information compliments of Ray Smith who represented Australia in the 50 km walk and finished in a fine sixth place.
NOTE THAT THESE PAGES ARE PICTURE INTENSIVE SO WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO DOWNLOAD. BE PATIENT!