Australian Games - Historical Context

Introduction

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

Examine factors and features of life in Australia and Olympic host city Melbourne.

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.