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Historical Vignettes

The following historical vignettes capture stories of sporting endeavor, and an Australian perspective on the history of the Olympic Games. These pieces were written by Olympic historian and ACTOC Secretary Bruce Coe.

Neale LavisNEALE LAVIS - The forgotten hero of Australian equestrian
Neale Lavis is perhaps the forgotten man of the all-conquering three-day eventing team at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. For the full story click here>>>

ED PALUBINSKAS - Australia's first basketball great
More than a decade before Andrew Gaze, Mark Bradke and Luc Longley announced Australia’s arrival as a power on the world basketball stage Australia already had an internationally-rated male star. His name was Edward (Ed or Eddie) Sebastian Palubinskas. For the full story click here>>>

mathews_cuthbertMARLENE MATHEWS - One of Australia's greatest and unluckiest
Marlene Mathews was first selected in an Australian team for the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, but injury resulted in her withdrawal from the sprint events. For the full story click here>>>

LAWRENCE MORGAN - Dual gold medallist and AFL star
Laurie Morgan, the winner of two gold medals in equestrian at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games also played 34 games for Fitzroy in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in the years 1937-39. For the full story click here>>>

Dillard1HARRISON 'BONES' DILLARD - Inspired by Jesse Owens
In 1928 Charley Paddock, the American who won the 100 metres sprint at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, was on a lecture tour in the United States. He was encouraging young people to follow their dreams. For the full story click here>>>

mildred_didrekson_webMildred 'Babe' Didrikson - One of the greatest female athletes ever
When Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam played in the Colonial golf tournament in 2003, she was the first woman to play in a men’s Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America event since Babe Didrikson Zaharias, in 1945. For the full story click here>>>

Rugby at the Olympics
It is well known that Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Early in his life he committed himself to the improvement of society through education. For the full story click here>>>

Aussie Rules at the Olympics
An Australian Rules football match was played as a demonstration sport in the Main Stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, during the 1956 Olympics. For the full story click here>>>