Darebin Heritage Links :




Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey

The Programme


The 1956 Melbourne Olympics programme was spread over fourteen days, twelve dedicated to competition and the Opening and Closing Ceremony days where a limited number of events were held.

Thirteen main venues were used, with the athletics section of the men’s pentathlon held at “selected country venues” on November 28.


Cycling (Road Race)  

Exhibition Buildings

Basketball (Qualifying and Finals)

Modern Pentathlon (Fencing)


Wrestling (Finals)

Glaciarium (then at 16 City Road, destroyed by fire 1964)

Basketball (Qualifying, scheduled one round only on 24 November, but also hosted semi-finals on 27 and 28 November)

Lake Wendouree, Ballarat



Laverton (Air Base)

Shooting (Clay Pigeon)

Main Stadium (M.C.G)

Opening ceremony Athletics

Australian Rules Football (Demonstration)

Baseball (Demonstration)

Closing Ceremony

Football (Semi-Finals, Final)

Oaklands Hunt Club (see Notes left)

Modern Pentathlon (Riding)

Olympic Park

Football (Qualifying)

Hockey (No.2 arena)

Olympic Pool

Modern Pentathlon (Swimming)



Water Polo

Port Phillip Bay


St. Kilda Town Hall




West Melbourne Stadium



Wrestling (Qualifying)

Williamstown Rifle Range

Modern Pentathlon (Shooting)

Shooting (Rifle)

Non-stadium events

20 km Walk : Commenced at the M.C.G. along Brunton avenue to Punt Road, then eight laps of the loop along Batman Avenue to the Swan Street bridge, then along Alexandra Avenue before returning to the main stadium.

Marathon : Commenced at the M.C.G. along Brunton Avenue, along Batman Avenue to St. Kilda Road, then south along St. Kilda Road, Brighton Road and the Nepean Highway to the corner of North Road in Moorabbin, returning the same route to the main stadium.

(I recall the marathon route being designated by blue lines painted along the roadway and some fifteen years later trying to spot the remains of the lines if the regular “Sunday drive” took us over any part of the circuit).

(The program shown on these pages were taken from Sporting Life, a popular magazine of its time and still highly collectable. It was actually the December issue, probably released around a week before the Opening Ceremony.