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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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Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard Melbourne Park Melbourne Victoria

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Pole tennis set

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A two-part box (.1) containing a three-part stand (.2). Inscription across top of lid: HARRODS/TENNIS PARTNER/HARRODS KNIGHTSBRIDGE - - S.W.1. Although fundamentally a pole tennis set, it's purpose is specifically for lawn tennis training, not outdoor leisure. Within the box are contained two cartons containing tethered tennis balls (TA 2009.355 - .356), and a third box containing two tethers (TA 2009.357). Materials: Wood, Metal, Paint, Cardboard, Paper, Ink

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme: Federation Cup by NEC (Tokyo) 1989 Materials: Paper, Ink

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: "Tennis My Way" by Martina Navratilova with Mary Carillo. Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Ink

Bat

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A solid wood bat, with a slightly projecting butt, and wedged back. The flat face is indented, meaning the bat was used to strike a hard ball. Faint manufacturer's details feature across the base of the face: LUMLEY'S LTD/GLASGOW. Materials: Wood

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'The Hub' model tennis racquet with composite convex throat. String whipping reinforcements around shoulders. Plastic tape around base of throat. Model name printed across throat on obverse. Manufacturer's trademark/logo features across throat on reverse. Fine grooved octagonal handle with leather end wrap and butt cover. Manufacturer name and country of origin imprinted on side of shaft. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Gut, Plastic

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed Ten Pro tennis ball can. Has intact metal ring-pull seal and a plastic reclosure cap. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: 'Budge on Tennis', 180 pages. Hardcover. Third printing (First printed 1939). Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard, Cloth

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright & Ditson 'Autograph' model tennis racquet, endorsed by George Lott. String whipping and cloth tape around shoulders and whipping around base of throat. Racquet model name and manufacturer name printed across throat on reverse. Signature of endorser adhered as decal on shaft on reverse. Endorser image printed on shaft on obverse. On obverse, decal stating: 'HIS RACQUET' and name of endorser are printed across throat. On left side of shaft are manufacturer's name and country of manufacture. Octagonal, fine-grooved handle, with leather end wrap. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Leather, Gut, String, Cloth tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop, Marty Riessen Autograph tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders and shaft, and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Dunlop logo features across base of head. Head and neck photo decal image of Riessen features on throat. Model name, and 'D' in arrowhead device, feature along the shaft. 'D' trademark in arrowhead device also features on plastic butt cover. Autograph by Riessen features along left side of shaft. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Plastic, Ink, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Enamel, Adhesive tape, Fibreglass, Ribbon, Paint

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Rawlings, Billy Martin Big Shot tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping on shoulders and shaft, and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Rawlings logo features across base of head. Model name features across throat and along the shaft. Cursive 'R' trademark features on lower shaft and in sunken butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Plastic, Leather, Ribbon, Enamel, Adhesive tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Bancroft Winner tennis racquet, with bamboo laminated frame, ribbon whipping around shoulders, and leather handle with triangle-patterned perforations. Bancroft logo features across base of head. Throat features model name, with wreath device. Wreathed 'B' trademark on lower shaft, and red 'B' trademark on butt cap. A furry lady bug sticker is adhered to shaft on obverse. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ink, Plastic, Paint, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Bamboo

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Donnay 'Borg Comp' racquet. Materials: Metal composite, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Leather, Nylon

Press kit

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Media/Press kit: Davis Cup Final '93 Germany vs Australia Materials: Paper, Ink

1997 Tennis Australia Annual Report

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

1997 Tennis Australia Annual Report Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Hammer Record tennis racquet, featuring mounted knight trademark on throat. Inscription on obverse: RECORD/HAMMER/DEUTSCHMEISTER GERATE/BAD/MERGENTHEIM/GEBR. HAMMER. Hammer 'H' trademark features on butt cover. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, Cloth, Adhesive tape, Ribbon

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme: Davis Cup Quarter Final 1984; Australia vs Italy Materials: Paper, Ink

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Dunlop, Evonne Goolagong tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders, white enamelling from shoulders to butt, and leather handle grip with cross-hatch pattern. Model name features across base of head. Head photo decal of Goolagong features on throat. Dunlop logo, and 'D' in arrowhead device, feature along the shaft. 'D' trademark in arrowhead device also features on plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Plastic, Ink, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Enamel, String, Adhesive tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Multi-part object of 2 identical racquets (parts are numbered from 2008.979.1 to 2008.979.2). Each racquet is: a Court King 'Tournament' model with black & yellow net strings. Materials: Wood, String, Adhesive tape, Paint, Cloth

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Kuebler double handle grip 'Inertial' tennis racquet. Clear plastic vacuum sealed over one handle. White paper label on purple handle detailing racquet information. Materials: Metal composite, Plastic, Rubber, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A wooden racquet with a concave, solid throat, and plain octagonal handle. Inscription across the throat on obverse: FAIRFIELD. Manufacturer's mark, featured on throat on reverse, comprises of the letter 'M' at the centre of a circular, banded shield. Inscription: N.J. MAGNAN CORP./NORTH ATTLEBORO,MASS,U.S.A. Materials: Wood, Nylon, String, Leather, Cloth, Metal, Glue, Lacquer, Ink

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme of 1963 Australian Championships, played Milton Brisbane. Materials: Ink, Paper

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Wright and Ditson tennis racquet, with: laminated convex throat; double screw through shaft; and, fine-grooved, thick octagonal handle. Decal inscription along left side of shaft: WRIGHT & DITSON, MAKERS/BOSTON, MASS. U.S.A. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Paint, Ink, Leather

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme for 72nd NSW Championships (White City, Sydney). Materials: Paper, Ink

Ball container

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

An unsealed Wright & Ditson 'Championship Tennis balls' domed-top can without lid. Key and seal strip also lost. Contains 2 of the 3 original balls. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material, Wool

Sheet music

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

'Lawn Tennis Quadrille' sheet music and dance figures (instructions). Visible from front are the cover of document (depicting a lawn tennis match) and its penultimate page (describing the figures). Visible from back of frame is back cover of document. Copyrighted 1881. Front glass UV, back is regular glass. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard, Wood, Metal, Adhesive label, Glass

Press kit

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Roland Garros 1989 French Open Championships Media Guide Materials: Paper, Ink

Book

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Book: Fame, by Eugene Scott Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard

Racquet

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A Spalding 'Windemere' flat-top tennis racquet, featuring: solid concave throat; bevelled head; ribbon collar; inlaid cork handle grip; and wooden butt cap. Printed model name and Spalding logo within ball trademark feature across throat on obverse. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Gut, Ink, Leather, Ribbon, Cork

1997 Tennis Australia Annual Report

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

1997 Tennis Australia Annual Report Materials: Paper, Ink

Ball container, Ball

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

A sealed Wilson can of three 'Optic Yellow Championship Extra Duty Felt' tennis balls, Ring pull top and plastic reclosure cap. Adhesive label on side states:NEW!/LONGER LASTING COVER'. Materials: Metal, Ink, Rubber, Synthetic material