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Framed set of three Olympic Games replica medals presented to John Konrads in 1985 by the International Olympic Committee

2011.0028.0005

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Framed set of three Olympic Games replica medals presented to John Konrads in 1985 by the International Olympic Committee

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Physical description

A framed set of three Olympic medals, two bronze and one gold. A frame is in plastic and black in colour. Above all the three medals, there is a heading text which reads 'JOHN KONRADS / 1956, 1960 & 1964 / Olympic Games'. Underneath each of the medals, there is some text which reads '400m Freestyle / 4.21.80.': '1500m Freestyle / 17.19.60.': '4x200m Freestyle / 8.13.90.' There is some text on each of the three medals, which reads 'GIOCHI DELLA / XVII OLIMPIADE / ROMA MCMLX'. On the reverse of the frame, there is some text which reads 'Right Angles / Picture Framing / 90 BONDI RD / BONDI JUNCTION 2022 / PH 9389 6642.' On the back, there is a metal wire for hanging.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises clothing, ephemera and medals associated with Latvian-born Australian swimmer John Konrads (1942-). With the exception of the replica Olympic medals which were given to John by the International Olympic Committee in 1999, he acquired the majority of this material when participating in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. All objects are in a good state of conservation.

This collection addresses a number of themes important to Australian social history. In demonstrating the success of John and Ilsa Konrads (the 'Konrads kids'), it is also broadly representative of the achievements of non-British migrants to Australia in the decades immediately after the Second World War. It also lends insight into amateur swimming in the mid twentieth century, and offers research potential into Australia's enduring passion for sport and participation in the Olympic Games.

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