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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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Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Program: Davis Cup: Australia v India Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with a concave, laminated throat, cloth whipping, and grooved handle grip. Inscription along the throat on obverse: NEWPORT. Manufacturer's mark, featured on throat on reverse, comprises of a cross device at the centre of a circular, banded shield. Inscription: N.J. MAGNAN CO./QUALITY/NO.ATTLEBORO MASS. Materials: Wood, Gut, String, Cloth tape, Leather, Cloth, Metal, Glue, Lacquer, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Bancroft Wendy Overton tennis racquet, with plastic whipping on shoulders and shaft, and leather handle with X-formation perforations. Bancroft logo features across base of head. Throat features colour photo decal of Overton, with signature along shaft. Wreahed 'B' trademark on lower shaft, and red 'B' trademark on butt cover. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, Plastic, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Paint, String

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Multi-part object of 4 identical racquets (parts are numbered from 2008.977.1 to 2008.977.4). Each racquet is: a Paramount 'Speed King Autograph' racquet with no net. Materials: Wood, Paint, Leather, String

Print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Limited edition (85/1000) print by Luis Morris entitled: 'CHAMPIONS /1990-1999', depicting Wimbledon trophy and six female players who won Wimbledon in that period. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard, Wood, Metal, Adhesive label, Glass

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson Ace badminton racquet, with cplastic ribbon whiping around shoulders and shaft, and cloth handle grip. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Nylon, Ink, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Metal, Cloth, Leather, Glue

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed can of three Wilson 'Optic Yellow Match Point' tennis balls. Clear plastic reclosure cap over a ring-pull style lid. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Seamco Ken Rosewall Professional tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders and shaft, and, leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Seamco logo features across base of head. Shield device with 'R' in centre features on throat. Model name features along the shaft. Seamco trademark symbol features on lower shaft and plastic butt cap (along with logo). Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Plastic, Ink, Adhesive tape, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Enamel, String

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'The Park' model tennis racquet with solid convex throat. Rounded flat top head. Manufacturer name and city of origin printed across throat on obverse. Model name printed on crownon obverse. Cross-hatched handle and leather end wrap. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An article entitled 'How I Play Championship Tennis', by Norwegian tennis champion, Molla Bjurstedt. Materials: Paper, Ink

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Colour photograph of Boris Becker playing a forehand shot. Materials: Photographic emulsion, Paper

Trophy

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver trophy. Inscr: 'CORONADO COUNTRY CLUB/GENTLEMEN'S SINGLES/AUGUST 1919/CLIFTON B. HERD'. On base: 'STERLING 1376'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with a blue painted throat, gold and white whipping, and cloth shoulder supports. Decal along throat on obverse: BLUE RIBBON. Inscription along throat on reverse: THOS. E. WILSON & CO. Imprint of company trademark across butt cover, inscription in front of large 'W' reading: .../THOS.E.WILSON & CO./NEW YORK CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO/... Materials: Wood, Gut, Metal, Ink, Lacquer, Glue, Leather, Cloth, String, Paint

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Black and white photograph of Jun Kuki. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding, "Pancho Gonzales" Tournament Model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders, leather handle grip with perforations, and a white leather butt cloth . 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 cloth. Intials 'AB' on butt cloth in purple marker pen. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Adhesive tape, Leather, String

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Yashima MiniSmash wooden racquetball racquet, with string whipping around shoulders and leather handle grip with x-formation perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Plastic, Adhesive tape, String, Paint, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Two programmes for Match days during Wimbledon 1962. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: THE TENNIS BOOK Materials: Ink, Paper

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'Contender' model tennis racquet, endorsed by George Lott. String whipping around shoulders and around base of throat. Parts of throat and shoulders painted burgundy. Racquet model name and endorser name printed across throat on obverse. Endorser image printed on shaft on obverse. On reverse, manufacturer name and image of endorser are printed across throat, and signature of endorser adhered as decal on shaft. On left side of shaft are manufacturer's name and country of manufacture. Octagonal, fine-grooved handle, withwith leather end wrap. Butt cloth features manufacturer's name and racquet care instructions. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Nylon, Paint, Cloth, String

Page from Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Page from The Graphic (page 45, July 10, 1875) featuring partly coloured lithograph depicting a man and woman playing tennis in an enclosed courtyard. Architecture is North African. Title caption reads: 'A TENNIS COURT IN ALGERIA'. Materials: Ink, Paper, Glass, Metal, Adhesive label, Plastic

Ashtray

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ornate filigreed metal ashtray with crossed racquets and ball motif. Materials: Metal

Action game

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

'Paddle Tennis' set in red box with a lid label featuring image of game played on street before a crowd. Contains two solid wood paddles a string net and two rubber balls. Materials: Cardboard, Ink, Wood, Metal, Natural fibre, Felt, Bone

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'MODERN TENNIS'. Hardcover. Copyrighted 1915. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Chemold Margaret Court Tournament tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders, and leather grip with X-formation perforations. Chemold logo features across base of head, flanked by ornamental motifs. A head and neck illustrated decal of Court features on throat, with model name, and continuing along shaft. Gold, black and white Chemold trademark features on lower shaft. Plain white plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ribbon, Paint, Ink, Plastic, Leather, Rubber, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Adhesive tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger Panther Club squash racquet. Racquet primarily comprises of a frame made from a singular piece of tubular metal, secured by a plastic bridge across the throat, and the hardened plastic handle below. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Synthetic material, Ink, Nylon

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'Davis Cup' tennis racquet, with whipping around shoulders, fibre reinforced bow, shoulders and throat, leather handle grip, and plastic butt cap. Manufacturer's name features across base of head. Model name features on throat. Various Spalding trademarks features on throat, lower shaft, and butt cap. Materials: Wood, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Nylon, Leather, Ink, String, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Fibre

Prize cup

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver prize cup. Inscr: 'HTG/ III PREIS/1959'. Stamped in base '7945/925'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson Famous Player Series, Maureen Connolly Cup tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Throat features decal head and shoulders image of Connolly. Shaft features decal image of a rendered cup trophy. Base of shaft and plastic butt cap feature 'W' trademark. Leather handle grip features clustered perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Plastic, String

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Hamilton metal tennis racquet with double shaft, and metal bridge. Handle wrapped with perforated leather grip tape. Nylon strings and round head shape. Leather butt cover with 'H' logo. Materials: Metal, Nylon, Adhesive tape, Wood, Adhesive label, Leather, Plastic

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Rawlings, John Newcombe Autograph tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping on shoulders and shaft, and leather handle grip with patterned perforations. Rawlings logo features across base of head. Model name features along the shaft. Cursive 'R' trademark features on lower shaft and butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Plastic, Leather, Ribbon, Enamel, Adhesive tape

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Five issues of 'Lawn Tennis and Badminton', dating from 1907. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Commonweatlh Bank W.A. Tennis Open 1993 Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop 'Power Extra Long' oversize tennis racquet. Materials: Aluminium/Metal, Composite Materials, Synthetic material, Ink, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Plastic, Rubber, Paint

Poster, Advertisement

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Poster: Reproduction of a tourism advertising poster of a French rail company's service to the town of Etretat in France. Poster depicts a woman with a bicycle and tennis racquet in front of an ocean scene. Poster text states: 'CHEMINS DE FER DE L'OUEST/GARE ST. LAZARE/ETRETAT/A 4 HEURES DE PARIS/TENNIS CLUB/CASINO-THEATRE-CERCLE-JEUX DIVERS'. Small print in lower right states: COLLECTION ROGER BRAUN'. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood, Glass

Badge

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Small metal badge commemorating Davis Cup 1952 Materials: Metal composite

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wilson 'Jack Kramer Autograph' racquet. 'S' logo on net. Materials: Wood, Paint, Leather, String, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Plastic

Ball container , Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed clear plastic container of three Wilson multicoloured 'Whackers' tennis balls. Plastic reclosure cap over ring-pull style metal lid. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Plastic, Synthetic material

Magazine

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

10 issues of 'World Tennis' magazine, dating from 1988. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden tennis racquet with solid, convex throat, and a slender, fine-grooved handle. Impressed inscription across and along throat on obverse: CHAMPION/E.H. SCHUTZE. Impressed inscription along throat on reverse: BERLIN.S.W.12. Impressed inscription along right side of handle: E.H. SCHUTZE. BERLIN./S.W. KOCHSTRASSE S5. Materials: Wood, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Leather, Ink, Gut

Poster, Advertisement

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A poster featuring an illustration of Rod Laver on the front, and an advertisement for Rod Laver-endorsed Dunlop racquets and balls, as well as an instructional article on playing back-hand, on the reverse. Materials: Ink, Paper

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with red and yellow whipping, red end wrap and burgundy butt cover, gut stringing with distinct sweet-spot, and a slender, grooved handle. Inscription across throat of obverse: WILDING. Decal trademark featured across throat on reverse, comprising of an encircled racquet presented behind two ribbon devices. Inscription: C.L.GODFREY/THE PEAK/OF QUALITY/TRADE MARK/NEW YORK/N.Y. Manufacturer's monogram/trademark with inscription, on right side of stem: QUALITY FIRST/CORTLAND LINE CO. INC./CORTLAND, N.Y./... Materials: Wood, Gut, String, Ink, Leather, Metal, Glue, Lacquer

Prize

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Silver prize jug. Inscr on lid: 'HOLLYWOOD GROUNDS/INAUGURAL MATCH/PEARSON VS. FLOYD JONES/WON BY/CAPTAIN PEARSON/MAY 8TH 1890'. Stamped in base: 'STERLING/2607/2 PINTS'. Materials: Silver/Metal

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Slazenger Panther Plus squash racquet. Racquet primarily comprises of a frame made from a singular piece of tubular metal, secured by a plastic bridge across the throat, and the hardened plastic handle below. Materials: Metal, Plastic, Leather, Ink, Nylon

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A TG Mustang tennis racquet with ribbon whipping around shoulders and shaft, and leather handle grip with quatrefoil perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ribbon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Vinyl, Leather, Enamel, Adhesive tape

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'Lawn Tennis'. 144 pages. Hardcover. First Edition. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Mug

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ceramic mug. Sides feature graphical images of two men playing a tennis match, two red cars and a red-roofed house. Materials: Ceramic

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'Pim' model tennis racquet with composite convex throat. Rounded flat top head with cloth tape reinforcements around shoulders. Model name printed across throat on obverse. Manufacturer's trademark/logo features across throat on reverse. Fine-grooved octagonal handle and leather end wrap. On left side of shaft: PATENTED/JAN. 3, 05. On right side of shaft, manufacturer name and country of manufacture are printed. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Gut, Cloth tape

Painted plaque

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Framed ceramic panel handpainted with figure of young woman in shorts and striped blazer swinging a tennis racquet. UV glass. Materials: Ceramic, Pigment, Glass, Metal, Paper

Racquet & cover

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A two-piece object, comprising of: a Rayco 'Ruler' graphite tennis racquet, with a split shaft, and synthetic handle grip (1); and, a vinyl cover, featuring model name and measuring ruler device along the length of cover (2). Racquet is accompanied by a copper screw, sealed in a small transparent bag. Materials: Graphite, Synthetic material, Plastic, Ink, Paint, Adhesive tape, Nylon, Vinyl, Ink, Metal

Print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Limited edition (49/1000) print by Luis Morris entitled: 'CHAMPIONS /1990-1999', depicting Wimbledon trophy and five male players who won Wimbledon in that period. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard, Wood, Metal, Adhesive label, Glass