Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey


Melbourne, 1956 - “The Friendly Games”

Bourke Street lights up for the Games. an estimated 250,000 people crammed into the city on the eve of the Opening Ceremony.

Foy and Gibson’s store, corner of Bourke and Swanston streets welcomes visitors to Melbourne

The building had another odd connection to the Melbourne Olympics - it was constructed by a well-known Collingwood builder, Ernest A Watts, who was later selected as the contractor for the short-lived plans for the main stadium at Princes Park  and later the Olympic Stand at the M.C.G.