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Hall of Champions (collection)

Item details

Name of item: Hall of Champions (collection)
Type of item: Movable / Collection
Group/Collection: Collections
Category: Olympic Objects
Location: Lat: -33.853445 Long: 151.069363
Primary address: Australia Avenue, State Sports Centre, Homebush, NSW 2140
Local govt. area: Auburn
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT2002 DP1192085


The SHR curtilage boundary is limited to the item itself and does not include the land it is located on or the structure it is housed within.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Australia Avenue, State Sports CentreHomebushAuburn  Primary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
State Sports Centre TrustState Government27 Jan 99

Statement of significance:

The significance in the collection lies in the fact that it is the largest and most diverse collection of sporting memorabilia held by a museum in the state of New South Wales. It covers approximately 36 different sports, spans the period from the 1880's to the present, relates to many significant Australian athletes and important sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth games. (Jacobs)
Date significance updated: 12 Sep 97
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Physical description: The collection consists of clothing, sports equipment, medals, pennants, certificates, trophies, badges and photographs, as well as ephemera (tickets, programmes, souvenirs, magaines, autographs and scrapbooks). (Jacobs)
Current use: Exhibition and Research
Former use: Exhibition and Research


Historical notes: The collection was started in 1978 by the then Minister for Sport, the late Ken Booth. The Hall of Champions was established to pay tribute to sportsmen and women from New South wales who had excelled at national and international level. Each year a number of athletes are selected by a committee and inducted into the Hall. A permanaent photographic display and sporting biography is displayed of the athlete. Inductees donate material relating to their sporting career. These items are then incorporated into exhibitions which are changed on a regular basis. The collection is based on those athletes who have been inducted into the Hall of Champions. As of 1997 there are 269 athletes on the Roll of Honour. The Hall of Champions was originally housed in Sports House in the historic Rocks area, but was moved to the State Sports Centre, Homebush in 1984 when it opened. (Jacobs)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Sport-Activities associated with organised recreational and health promotional activities (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The collection contains a number of rare items of significance to Australia's cultural/sporting heritage. Examples are the gold,silver and bronze medals won by Andrew 'Boy' Charlton at the 1924 Olympics (swimming); an honour cap from the first rugby league team of 1907; the gold Olympic certificate won by Fanny Durack (swimmer) at the 1912 Olympics (Fanny was the first woman to represent Australia at the Olympics) (Jacobs)
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Some scrapbooks have been compiled along sporting themes, and these would provide a rich source for research. (Jacobs)
SHR Criteria f)
Some items listed above are rare as they relate to a known athlete; inlcudes an almost complete collection of every award won by Shane Gould (excepting Gold medals, but including Olympic certificates). (Jacobs)
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0129502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenM Jacobs1997Information supplied to the Heritage Office
TourismSydney Olympic Park2006Hall of Champions Visitor Information View detail
TourismTourism NSW2007Hall of Champions View detail

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5001039

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