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Tennis Australia Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Australia is the governing body for the sport of tennis in Australia. The organisation exists to promote tennis and conduct domestic and international tournaments on behalf of Australia, including the Australian Open and the Davis Cup for the Australian Davis Cup Team. Tennis has been played in Australia from around 1877, but it was not until 1904, in preparation for the Davis Cup, that the sport began to organise, with the founding of Tennis Australia's predecessor, the Australasian Lawn Tennis Association. In 2005 TA celebrated its centenary, and that of its first event – the Australian Open. The organisation is currently based in at Melbourne Park.

There are around 6,000 catalogued items in the Tennis Australia heritage collections, and an estimated 2,000 uncatalogued items. The collections include a large amount of tennis equipment dating from the late 19th Century to today including around 4,000 tennis racquets, plus hundreds of balls, racquet-presses, nets, clothing and other equipment which represent the immense changes in technology and materials over a century. They can also tell interesting stories of major manufacturers and champion athletes that made, used and endorsed tennis equipment. Some items are extremely rare, such as handmade wood inlay racquets from the 1860s to be used in the sport that was precursor to modern tennis, known as 'real tennis'. Another fine piece is a large leather and wood banner, c.1900 which was an early advertisement for important tennis equipment manufactures Wright & Ditson.

The collection also includes thousands of photographs and newspaper articles relating to the sport of tennis in Australia and Australian players playing overseas. And it includes rare and important original tickets, programmes and memorabilia from very early Davis Cup and Australian Open matches (1900 to 1960). A fine example of original photographs is the album of pictures created by Eleanor Hopman in 1938 to document herself and other Australian women players travelling to play in England, accompanied on part of the journey by the Australian Cricket team, including Don Bradman. The collection also includes a few thousand journals, magazines, reference books and rare books, dating as far back as the 1870s all relating to tennis.

Also in the collection are hundreds of items which depict or celebrate the sport of tennis, including fine antique jewelry, fine art, decorative art and popular prints and cartoons. Stand-out pieces include a 18th Century oil painting of an English aristocrat and a circa-1870s stained glass panel depicting early tennis, part of a pair, with the other half housed in the Wimbledon Museum collection, UK. Also interesting is a sub-collection of tennis-themed games, from well-preserved 19th Century parlour games to a 1970s pinball machine.

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Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne Park Melbourne 3000

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Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with a concave throat, yellow whipping, and grooved handle. Inscription along the throat on obverse: CHAMPIONSHIP. Manufacturer's mark, featured on throat on reverse, comprises of the letter 'M' at the centre of a badge with a gold ribbon. Inscription: N.J. MAGNAN CORP./RACKET MFRS/NO. ATTLEBORO,MASS. Original stringing has been removed, with some remnants in the eyelets. Materials: Wood, Gut, String, Leather, Cloth, Metal, Glue, Lacquer, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Chris Evert American Star tennis racquet. base of head features Wilson logo. Shaft features model name. Base of shaft and butt cap features 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features floral perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Paint, Plastic, Ribbon

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'Singles & Doubles'. 195 pages. First Edition. Hardcover. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Racquet, Racquet Press

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Bancroft 'Tilden' tennis racquet with press. Materials: Wood, Metal, Leather, Gut, String

Organisational document

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

2004 Australian Open Official Corporate Packages guide Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A rare Wisden 'Crawford the Exceller' tennis racquet, with rare spliced throat, cloth tape shoulder reinforcements, and, a unique whipped, cricket bat shaped handle. Manufacturer's details impressed along shaft on obverse; model details impressed across throat on reverse. The initials E.W. impressed across throat on obverse. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Gut, Cloth tape, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'The Incredible Hulk' racquet with green grip tape, featuring graphic elements from 'The Incredible Hulk' by Marvel Comics. Materials: Graphite, Plastic, Nylon, Adhesive tape

Magazine clipping

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Clipping 'Set for the Net', about Tom Gorman. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Figurine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Painted plaster figurine of female in late 19th Century clothing holding tennis racquet. Impressed in base is text: 'HOUSE OF LLOYD'. Materials: Plaster, Pigment

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger (UK) 'Nylon-Armoured Tennis Balls' box. Printed on front: 'LTA OFFICIAL BALL 1958'. Contains all six original balls. Materials: Ink, Cardboard, Paper, Rubber, Wool, Synthetic material

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Davis Cup Magazine 1999 - Semi Finals Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Chemold Rod Laver Tournament tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders, and mottled black leather grip. Model name features across base of head, flanked by Classical Greek motifs. A coat-of-arms with lion and deer features on throat. Lower shaft and plastic butt cover feature blue, red, and white Chemold trademark. Materials: Wood, Nylon, String, Ribbon, Paint, Ink, Plastic, Leather, Rubber, Glue, Lacquer, Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Maxply Fort' racquet with clear plastic packaging on handle. Signed on shaft by Rod Laver. Materials: Wood, Paint, Adhesive tape, Leather, Plastic, Nylon, String

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo of Lita Liem Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'How To Play Tennis'. 174 pages. Hardcover. Fourth edition (first published 1933). Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'Surprise' model tennis racquet. Throat wedge has marble laminate. String whipping and red plastic around base of throat featuring retailer's decal with trademark on obverse. Model name printed across throat on obverse and manufacturer's trademark/logo features on shaft on reverse. Manufacturer name and country of origin printed on right side of shaft. Fine-grooved octasgonal handle with leather end wrap. Butt cloth features manufacturer's trademark and name. Initials: J.Q. written on shaft. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Gut, Cloth

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Page 675 of The Graphic magazine (3 May 1924), featuring an article on Spring fashion, entitled FRILLS AND FRIVOLITIES. An illustration of a woman holding an Aquascutum tennis coat features. Materials: Paper, Ink

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo featuring Lew Hoad Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: 1992 U.S. Open Tennis Championships Materials: Paper, Ink

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Three Dunlop 'All States' Heavy Duty tennis balls with different coloured seams (bone .1; brown .2; and, black .3). Materials: Rubber, Felt, Ink, Cord

Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Fort All Court', tennis ball, with Perrier advertisement. Autograph, in blue marker, reads: WIMBLEDON/2000/ROSS/CASE. Materials: Rubber, Felt, Ink

Button

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Set of six buttons, each with crossed racquets, ball and net motif. Materials: Metal

Prize

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Circular wooden prize plate with metal inlay plates stating: 'SIEGER 1950/JAROSLAW DROBNY, AGYPTEN/INTERNATIONALES/TENNIS TURNIER/BADEN BADEN/WANDERPREIS HERREN EINZEL/GEGEBEN 1949 VOM/TENNIS CLUB ROT-WEISS/BADEN BADEN/SIEGER 1949/WILLI STINGL MUNCHEN'. Materials: Wood, Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A SIRT Novasirt "Golden Cup" tennis racquet, with a Balmforth leather handle grip. Materials: Wood, Gut, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Cloth, Adhesive tape

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Official Scorecard for 1983 Davis Cup Finals Tie Materials: Paper, Ink

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two mounted pages: on left is page 580 from Harper's Weekly magazine, no.1551 from Vol.XXX. Features four lithographic images, each depicting a leading player: Sears, Dwight, Beeckman,& Taylor. On right is cover page from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, No. 1827 from Vol LXXL, and dated week ending Sept. 20 1890. Features full length images (lithos) of champion players Campbell & Slocum. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard, Wood, Metal, Adhesive label

Attire, Personal items

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silk sleeveless drop waisted dress. Materials: Silk, Thread, Plastic

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1963 Davis Cup team. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dura-Fiber Lite tennis racquet, featuring IPC core, orange frame with open throat, handle grip wrapped in brown leather and plastic butt cap. Manufacturer's logo on shaft and butt cap. Plastic strips around head as anchor for strings. Materials: Wood, Metal, Fibre, Leather, Adhesive tape, Vinyl, Plastic, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding, "Pancho Gonzales" Signature Model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders, leather handle grip with quatrefoil perforations, and a black plastic butt cap. Manufacturer's name across base of head; model name across throat and along shaft. Black and white photo, head and neck decal image of Gonzales features on throat. Wreathed 'S' trademark features on lower shaft and butt cap. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Plastic, String, Adhesive tape, Leather, Fibre