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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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Stained glass panel

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Stained glass panel in frame, entitled: 'Battledore & Shuttlecock'. Depicts full-length neoclassical female figure holding a battledore and shuttlecock. Stained glass panel is stabilised by a panel of opaque perspex backing screwed to back of hanging frame. Materials: Glass, Metal, Paint, Wood

Photograph Album

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo album once containing a range of photographs of male tennis stars from the 1960s-1970s. This album has now been emptied and the photographs catalogued separately. Materials: Paper, Ink, Vinyl, Photographic emulsion

Photograph Album

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photo album containing a range of photographs of female tennis stars from the 1960s-1970s. Most appear to be copies of press shots by various photographers. Materials: Paper, Ink, Vinyl, Photographic emulsion

Davis Cup Draw cards

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Envelope containing two cards. On envelope is printed 'SWEDEN...DOUBLES PLAYERS...TO BE HANDED TO THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN AT DRAW CEREMONY'. Inside is a card which states ANDERS JARRYD...HANS SIMONSSON'. Probably from 1983 Davis Cup Final played at Kooyong. Materials: Paper, Ink

Davis Cup Draw cards

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Envelope containing two cards. On envelope is printed 'SWEDEN...SINGLES PLAYERS...TO BE HANDED TO THE AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN AT DRAW CEREMONY'. Inside are two cards which read 'JOAHIM NYSTROM' and ''MATS WILANDER'. Probably from 1983 Davis Cup Final played at Kooyong. Materials: Paper, Ink

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Scorecard for Davis Cup match between Australia and Sweden Materials: Paper, Ink

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

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

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Official Scorecard for 1983 Davis Cup Mens Doubles Materials: Paper, Ink

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Official Scorecard for 1983 Davis Cup Materials: Paper, Ink

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Official Scorecard for 1983 Davis Cup World Group Final; Materials: Paper, Ink

Score card

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Official Scorecard for 1983 Davis Cup Finals; Second Match Materials: Paper, Ink

Menu

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Menu for Davis Cup dinner Semi Final World Group Tie, Brisbane 1986 Materials: Paper, Ink

Ticket

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Ticket to Davis Cup match Australia vs.. USA on 3 October 1986 at Milton Courts Brisbane Materials: Paper, Ink

Photographic print

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print of 1955 winning Australian Davis Cup team. as been later autographed by Ken Rosewall (in 2001), Lucy Hopman and Rex Hartwig. Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1964 Davis Cup team. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of a Mr. Edwards. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of a T.E. Robinson. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Also states 'L. Tennis Annual Report'. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of Donal Ferguson. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1960 Davis Cup team. metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of two female tennis players and another man and woman all standing on a tennis court. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of unknown man. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1958 Davis Cup team. metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of unknown man. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1962-3 Davis Cup team. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

Black and white transparency

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Metal plate photographic negative image of 1965 Davis Cup team. Metal plate fixed to wood block. Materials: Wood, Metal

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

Advertisement

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Advertisement for Barnet Glass Tennis Balls Materials: Paper, Ink

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme for Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships Materials: Paper, Ink

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme for Davis Cup Interzone Final 1938 Materials: Paper, Ink

Tournament Programme

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Programme for Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships Materials: Paper, Ink