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From the Collection of Brighton Historical Society First Floor Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Brighton Town Hall) Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets Brighton Victoria

Green wool beret featuring an oval-shaped white patch embroidered with the five Olympic rings. Grey lining.
Object Registration
marlene pearl austin, marlene pearl trenberth, 1950s, 1956 olympic games, olympic games, beret
Historical information
This beret was worn by Marlene Austin, nee Trenberth in 1956 as part of the uniform of an official driver for the Melbourne Olympic Games. Marlene, who was living with her parents in Brighton at the time, took leave from her job as a stenographer to work as a driver at the Olympics. She drove officials and dignitaries from a variety of nations (including Thailand, Italy, Cuba and Sweden) to and from events, collecting a number of souvenirs, including a Venezuelan pennant and a pair of earrings gifted by the Thai delegation.

Marlene's family have lived in Brighton since 1941, when her parents moved into a house at 15 Moffat Street. The house remained in the family for more than 75 years, before it was sold in 2018.
When Made
circa 1956
Made By
Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory (maker)
Inscriptions & Markings
Label in lining, cream with yellow text: "COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT CLOTHING FACTORY / MELBOURNE"
Stamped on top of this text in black: "7⅛"
Last updated
9 Sep 2019 at 10:57PM