Category Archives: Australia

Wallabies Waltz On

In reaching the 2015 World Cup final, Australia will have competed in four of the first eight Rugby World Cup Finals. We have been looking back over some of the objects we have in our collection that help to tell a … Continue reading

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From Middle Park to Gallipoli

On Saturday 8 August, 1914, only four days after Australia had entered the war, East Melbourne played South Melbourne on the Middle Park ground in the final game of the season. While East’s won that game 14-8 their opponents gained … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Teddy Larkin and Blair Swannell (Australia) 25/04/1915

Anzac Day is the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It coincides with the commencement of the First World War Gallipoli Campaign which began on the 25th April 1915. The Gallipoli campaign was an attempt by Allied … Continue reading

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Wallabies Feeling Blue

The museum has recently acquired a New South Wales (NSW) jersey that was collected by Tom Smith of Leicester during the 1908 Anglo-Welsh (British Lions) tour to Australia and New Zealand. The 1908 tourists played NSW 3 times, winning twice … Continue reading

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Lost and Found – The Asahi Trophy

After the annual Australian inter-varsity rugby competition ended in Sydney in 1990 the convenor reported that no trophies had been presented, ‘…the rugby trophy seems to be lost’.  While a trophy was sometimes unavailable because the previous year’s winner had … Continue reading

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Jolly Jumbucks of the Home Nations!

Maybe Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, never really did say, “Being born in a stable does not make one a horse”, but many Home Nations Rugby officials have also thought bloodlines trump place of birth. At first glance you … Continue reading

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