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1956 Melbourne Olympics

The Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games was one of the most significant events in Australia’s sporting history. It was the first time Australia hosted the Olympics, the first time the Olympic Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first games to be broadcasted on live television. The Melbourne Olympics also heralded the arrival of Australia as a real sporting force at the Olympics. With 291 athletes competing for Australia, it was the largest team ever. Stars such as swimmers Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose and sprinters Betty Cuthbert and Shirley Strickland helped Australia to win 13 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 14 bronze medals, placing Australia in third position on the medal table behind the Soviet Union and the United States. Despite the international tensions of 1956, or perhaps because of them, a young Melburnian came up with a new idea for the closing ceremony. Instead of the teams marching behind their national flags, athletes from the 72 participating countries walked around the arena together, uniting athletes from around the world. This tradition has been continued ever since.

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1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Australian athlete Betty...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The Olympic...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The Olympic...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The flags of...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The Australian...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The military...
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DECEMBER 8, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The flags of...
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08 December, 1956
DECEMBER 7, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Swimmers...
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06 December, 1956
DECEMBER 6, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Water polo player...
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06 December, 1956
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DECEMBER 6, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Police, spectators...
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DECEMBER 6, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Swimmers...
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06 December, 1956
DECEMBER 6, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Cyclist Ian...
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DECEMBER 6, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer John...
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DECEMBER 4, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Diver Patricia...
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DECEMBER 4, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Shooter Karoly...
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DECEMBER 4, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Cyclist Dick...
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DECEMBER 4, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer Murray...
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DECEMBER 4, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Athletes Ian...
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DECEMBER 3, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. The dais is...
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03 December, 1956
DECEMBER 3, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. A German cyclist...
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03 December, 1956
DECEMBER 3, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Jon Henricks,...
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03 December, 1956
DECEMBER 3, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Swimmers...
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03 December, 1956
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03 December, 1956
DECEMBER, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer Dawn Fraser...
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01 December, 1956
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01 December, 1956
DECEMBER 1, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. (L-R) Ron Delany...
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DECEMBER 1, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Basketballers...
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01 December, 1956
DECEMBER 1, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Diver Robert...
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01 December, 1956
DECEMBER, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. A men's water...
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01 December, 1956
DECEMBER 1, 1956: BALLARAT, VIC. Canoer Gert Fredriksson...
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01 December, 1956
DECEMBER 1, 1956. MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer Dawn...
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DECEMBER, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer Murray...
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DECEMBER 1, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Athlete Emil...
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DECEMBER 1, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. Swimmer Dawn...
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DECEMBER, 1956: MELBOURNE, VIC. A track and field...
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