Sport is an interest, even an enthusiasm, which spans Australian society. This exhibition does not give a detailed history of sport but rather gives researchers an idea of the resources available in the Rare Books Collection should they wish to study the social history of "sport."
The items on display ranged in date from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Although there is a predominance of Australian material, English, American, European material is also included. Sports covered range from football and cricket, through swimming, rowing, golf, boxing and billiards, to big-game hunting, skiing, racing, coursing and rat-catching, a sport much favoured in Melbourne of the 1860s
The opening address was given by Gerald Murnane, Melbourne author.
When: 27 July to 29 September, 2006.
Where: Level 1, ISB wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus.