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Billabong Koori Invitational 1994


Billabong Koori Invitational 1994

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Physical description

A poster featuring a colour photograph of a person surfing with text below that reads 'OCT. / 22nd / BILLABONG / KOORI / OCT. / 23rd. / INVITATIONAL 1994'. The poster bears four signatures, over the colour photograph, of Brendan Margieson, Mark Occhilupo and Dylan Longbottom and Robert Ryan.

Statement of significance

The Robert Ryan Billabong Poster collection consists of a poster promoting the 1994 Billabong Koori Invitational surfing competition. The poster bears the signatures of Billabong-sponsored surf riders who participated in the event - Brendan Margieson, Mark Occhilupo and Dylan Longbottom - as well as Robert Ryan, a sponsor of the event and donor of the object.

Following the inaugural 1993 event, the 1994 Billabong Koori Invitational event was the first surfing competition for Aboriginal surfers supported by a major sponsor. This poster is therefore associated with an important moment from the beginnnings of Indigenous involvement in the burgeoning surfing movement, and reflects a wider pattern of Indigenous involvement in contemporary Australian sport. As a product of the relationship which developed between Ryan and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal community, the poster also represents the broader themes of cross-cultural cooperation and reconciliation.

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