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Sydney Empire Games 1938 by Charles Meere

This poster promotes a healthy male athlete participating in the 1938 Empire Games held in Sydney from 5 February to 12 February, 1938. These Games, only the third Empire Games held, were timed to coincide with Australia's sesqui-centennial celebrations which celebrated 150 years since the foundation of British settlement in Australia. The poster announces that Sydney welcomes visitors to the celebrations from 26 January (Australia Day) through to April 25 (Anzac Day), 1938. Venues for the 1938 Games were the Sydney Cricket Ground which was the main stadium, the Sydney Sports Ground, North Sydney Pool and Henson Park. The star of the games was the Australian athlete Decima Norman, who won numerous gold medals in track and field events. Margaret Dovey, later the wife of the Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, participated in the breaststroke swimming competition.

Year: 1938

Dimensions:80 x 50cm 

Materials/Media: Original lithograph print, backed on linen

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