Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Olympic Village Souvenir
Fifty nine years ago this week, Melbourne - and the world was in the grip of Olympic Games fever. Held 22 November to the 8 December 1956, Melbourne hosted the Olympics for the first time. We were very proud of our purpose built Olympic village built to accommodate and feed elite athletes from all over the world.
Heidelberg Mirror was published locally on the eve of the games on the 15th November. The 26 page special edition included feature articles on the Olympic Village, Heidelberg Library and Montsalvat, Eltham, as well as display and classified advertisements for local businesses in the City of Heidelberg and wider area and business' associated with the construction of the Olympic Village in Heidelberg West.
Did you know that these were the first Olympic Games where lockers were provided for athletes at the various sporting venues?
Did you know that three and half miles of steel shelving was supplied to the Village by Melbourne firm Brownbuilt? Traditional library shelving suppliers.