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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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Racquet

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A Spalding Kro-Bat model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders, an concave laminated throat, fine-grooved handle and leather end wrap & butt cloth. Model & manufacter name feature across throat on obverse. Manufacturer signature features along throat on reverse. On side of shaft is printed: 'PAT. OCT. 03,, 1923'. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Leather, Vinyl, Ink, String, Paint

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wright and Ditson 'Prize Cup' tennis racquet, with: string whipping around shoulders and shaft; cane-reinforced hexagonal shaft; and, W&D 'Autograph' brand leather grip over octagonal handle. Wright & Ditson Eagle trademark features on throat on obverse; Wright & Ditson player on ball, within shield trademark on throat on reverse. 'WD' trademark features on butt cover. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Ink, Leather, String, Gut, Adhesive tape, Enamel, Cane

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Spalding, "Rosie Casals" Impact-240 Model tennis racquet, featuring whipping around shoulders. Two tone green paint from grip to top of shoulders. Manufacturer's name along side edges of shaft and on butt cap; endorser name on throat and rest of model name along shaft (both sides). 'S' symbol spray-painted across net. Perforated leather hand grip and white plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Metal, Lacquer, Glue, Ink, Nylon, Paint, Leather, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Spalding 'Junior Specialist' tennis racquet, with: whipping around fibre reinforced shoulders; leather handle grip; and, plastic butt cap. Model name features across base of head. Manufacturer's name features across shaft and handle grip. Spalding 'S' trademark features on lower shaft, and in raised relief on butt cap. Materials: Wood, Glue, Metal, Lacquer, Nylon, Leather, Ink, String, Adhesive tape, Plastic, Fibre

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Penn 'Center Court' racquet with clear vinyl 'Championship' net strings. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Leather, Adhesive tape, Nylon

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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An 'Handicap' wooden tennis racquet, with solid convex throat, leather crown protector, and fine-grooved rounded handle. Impressed inscription across throat on obverse: HANDICAP. Materials: Wood, Lacquer, Glue, Metal, Nylon, Leather

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Wilson Famous Player Series, Frank Sedgman Finalsit tennis racquet. Base of head features Wilson logo. Shaft features decal of head and neck photo image of Sedgman. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Adhesive tape, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, String, Ribbon, Paint, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Fleetwing Tournament tennis racquet, with ribbon whipping around shoulders, and a leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Fleetwing logo features across base of head. Green cup trophy features across throat. Model name features aong shaft. Wreathed 'F' trademark features on lower shaft and plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Plastic

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Badge

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Davis Cup 1956 Challenge Round Committee commemorative badge. Materials: Metal, Enamel

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Page from Magazine

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Two snippets from a late 19th century magazine, featuring lithographic illustrations of men and women playing tennis. The illustration to the right features the text: LAWN TENNIS/THE TENNIS/BELLE/THE/TENNIS/SWELL. Materials: Paper, Ink, Cardboard, Glass, Wood, Adhesive label, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Entry pass

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Tournament Official's pass for Davis Cup December 4-6, 1992 . Metal chain attached. Materials: Ink, Plastic

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Dunlop, Marty Riessen tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders, white enamelling from shoulders to butt, and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Model name features across base of head. Head photo decal of Riessen 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

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet & cover

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An Head 'Tournament Director' tennis racquet (1) with vinyl cover (2). Racquet features: aluminium frame with twin shaft; plastic bridge and butt cap; brown leather handle grip; and 'Graphite 6' netting. Manufacturer's name features on a badge adhered onto base of bridge, and, also across butt cap. Model name features along outer left shaft. Manufacturer and model name features across obverse of cover. AMF-Head logo and emblem feature across reverse of cover, and on metal zipper grip. Materials: Metal, Graphite, Leather, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Paint, Ink, Paper, Vinyl, Ink, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Tournament Programme: 1981 INA U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Championships Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Vase

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A pair of blue and white cameo glass vases. (.1) depicts a male youth playing tennis; (.2) depicts a female youth playing tennis. Materials: Glass

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Dunlop McEnroe Junior tennis racquet, with midsize frame. Model name features across base of head. Dunlop logo and trademark feature on all four sides of shaft, and repeatedly across the handle grip. 'D' trademark in arrowhead device also features on black plastic butt cap. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Plastic, Ink, Leather, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Ribbon, Adhesive tape, Enamel

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament guide

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Media Guide: 1994 Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon. Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Tournament tennis racquet, with string whipping around shoulders, ribbon whipping around shaft, and a red leather handle. Tournament logo features across throat, situated in a gold ribbon device. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Leather, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Paint, String, Adhesive tape, Ribbon

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Photographic print

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Photo of Esme Emanuel Materials: Paper, Photographic emulsion

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Tournament Programme: Davis Cup 1966 Challenge Round Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Booklet

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National Tennis Centre: A Guide to Flinders Park. 4 pages Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet, Packing cover

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Multi-part object of 6 identical racquets (parts are numbered from 2008.986.1 to 2008.986.6). Each racquet is: a Dunlop 'Maxply Austral' model with yellow net strings and handle wrapped in Dunlop-branded plastic packaging. Racquet in white paper factory bag. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Adhesive tape, Paint, Leather, String, Nylon, Paper

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Badge

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Small promotional badge. States: 'IBM...Surf the [email protected] net...www.ausopen.org'. Materials: Metal, Lacquer

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Trophy

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Silver trophy inscribed: 'AMATEUR DOUBLES/1904/RACQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS OF AMERICA/WON BY/L.A. SHAW JNR/MATTHEW BARTLETT/TENNIS AND RACQUET CLUB'. and on reverse: 'RACQUET CLUB/PHILADELPHIA'. Stamped on base: 'JW' and 'HS' and 'STERLING'. Materials: Silver/Metal

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Book

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Book: 'KULTURGESCHICHTE DES TENNIS'. Hardcover with dust jacket. Copyrighted 1990. Materials: Ink, Paper, Cardboard

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Tournament Programme

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Programme: Victorian Open Championships 1982-3 Materials: Paper, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Racquet

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A Tony Roche World Ace tennis racquet, with fibre cross laminations across throat and shoulders, and leather handle grip with X-formation perforations. Materials: Wood, Nylon, Ink, Glue, Lacquer, Metal, Leather, Plastic, Fibre, Adhesive tape, String

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Magazine

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Ten issues of 'Tennis' magazine, dating from 1991. Materials: Ink, Paper, Metal

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Button

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Set of 24 German buttons on retail card, each with crossed racquets motif. Materials: Metal, Cardboard, Ink

Tennis Australia, Melbourne

Action game

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tennis

Ernest Sewell series 'Tiddlytennis' game. Patent no.22857/35 (1935-6). Contains miniature net and wooden net supports, printed cotton as 'court', and eight bone discs (1 large, 5 small). Materials: Cardboard, Ink, Glue, Wood, Natural fibre, Paper

Tennis Australia, Melbourne