Australian Games - Historical Context
The 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne were the first Olympic Games in Oceania and the third Olympics since the end of the Second World War. Although thousands of kilometers from Europe it was influenced by the Cold War rivalries and still called the ‘Friendly Games’.
Forty four years later Sydney hosted the next Olympic Games in 2000. The world was approaching a new millennium and Sydney rose to the occasion.
Events of 1956
Investigate some of the key events leading up to and influencing the 1956 Olympics.
Australia and Melbourne 1956
Events of 2000
Investigate some of the key events leading up to and influencing the 2000 Olympics.
Australia and Sydney 2000
Consider the historical context of Australia and Sydney as the 2000 Olympic Games approach.
1956 Melbourne Olympics
2000 Sydney Olympics
Learners have the opportunity to:
- Identify the key world issues in 1956 and 2000 and rivalries which impacted on Australia and host cities as they prepared for the Olympics.
- Identify key features of Australia’s society and culture in 1956 and what it offered to the Olympic Games
- Identify key features of Australia’s society and culture in 2000 and what it offered to the Olympic Games.