Olympic Village Souvenir

Fifty nine years ago this week, Melbourne - and the world was in the grip of Olympic Games fever. Held 22 November to the 8 December 1956, Melbourne hosted the Olympics for the first time. We were very proud of our purpose built Olympic village built to accommodate and feed elite athletes from all over the world.

Heidelberg Mirror was published locally on the eve of the games on the 15th November. The 26 page special edition included feature articles on the Olympic Village, Heidelberg Library and Montsalvat, Eltham, as well as display and classified advertisements for local businesses in the City of Heidelberg and wider area and business' associated with the construction of the Olympic Village in Heidelberg West. 

Did you know that these were the first Olympic Games where lockers were provided for athletes at the various sporting venues?

Did you know that three and half miles of steel shelving was supplied to the Village by Melbourne firm Brownbuilt? Traditional library shelving suppliers.

This special item from our local history collection has been digitised and can be accessed via Yarra Plenty’s Local History Flickr channel.

What are your memories of the Melbourne Olympic Games?

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