London Games


London has hosted the Olympic Games in 1908, 1948 and soon in 2012. The 1948 London Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games illustrate continuity and change over time. Both could be called ‘austerity’ Games because of the context of their times and the way local and international issues impact on preparations and implementation for Olympic Games.

This unit will focus on the Olympics of 1948 and 2012 and a comparison of the issues and features of London and the Olympic Games at these times and the Australian connections.

Useful Links

Historical context  

What was happening.

The Games

Location, preparations, protocols, key issues.


Key events, athlete profiles, team results.


Teacher Guides

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