The NSW Hall of Champions exhibition gives insight into the remarkable achievements of NSW athletes from the 1870s to the present.
New South Wales has laid the foundations for many of our important sporting traditions and provided the country with many 'firsts'. Australia’s first Olympic swimming gold medallists, Freddie Lane (1900) and Fanny Durack (1912), along with early rugby league memorabilia are featured.
From Struggle to Success
The period between the Great Depression of the1930s and the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games represent a coming of age for Australian sport. The birth of speedway, the phenomenal Sir Don Bradman and Australia’s first female gold medal athlete, Marjorie Jackson are showcased.
The Golden Age
Australia’s golden years of sport began in the 1950s and continued through to the 1970s. The Olympic Games in 1956 shone the world’s spotlight on Melbourne. See a 1956 Olympic torch and displays of “Golden girl” Betty Cuthbert, 1972 Olympian Shane Gould and Australia’s first yachting gold-medallist, Sir Bill Northam.
Into The New Millennium
See Australian sport and athletes since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, including wheelchair athlete Louise Sauvage.
Memorabilia donated by the latest round of Hall of Champions inductees is highlighted.