Monday, August 6, 2012

Olympic fever

While silver seems to be the dominant theme at this year's Olympics, I will always have a special fondness for the 1956 Summer Olympics (or 'Friendly Games' as they were known) held here in Melbourne.  My dad's dad came from Hong Kong as a sponsored chef especially for the games and ended up making his home here.  My auntie Grace's relative John Ian Wing was the young Chinese Australian boy who suggested to the Olympic Committee that all the athletes should mingle together (instead of marching as teams) as a symbol of global unity during the closing ceremony - a tradition that has been upheld ever since those games in Melbourne.
Image via Wikinorthia.net.au
There are actually free tours of the 1956 Olympic Village in West Heidelberg led by the historian Robin Grow (President of the ADMS - Art Deco and Modernisn Society) this Saturday from 10 am.  Tours are approximately 30 - 40 minutes long and will leave on the hour from the Olympic Leisure Centre, 15 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg.  Places are limited so RSVP to Bec Olsen on 9457 9846 or 0411 151 686.
Image via www.thecentreivanhoe.com.au
Robin will also be taking tours of The Centre Ivanhoe (which is celebrating its 75th birthday this year) later this year and I have already booked a place given I missed out last time.

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