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John Konrads' bronze medal for 400m freestyle, 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, with a case

2011.0028.0004

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John Konrads' bronze medal for 400m freestyle, 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, with a case

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Physical description

A bronze medal with a green case. The medal has a classical Greek scene of a robed woman holding a laurel wreath and the text 'GIOCHI DELLA / XVII OLIMPIADE / ROMA MCMLX'. The other side shows a scene of a group of men lifting another onto their shoulders. A laurel like a frame or a ring encircles the medal.

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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