Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Complimentary Smoke Night tendered by the South Melbourne Cricket Club to Mr A. L. [Arthur Lindsay] Hassett

2003.0060.0002

Complimentary Smoke Night tendered by the South Melbourne Cricket Club to Mr A. L. [Arthur Lindsay] Hassett

Object information

Physical description

Program booklet, which is titled on the first page "Complimentary Smoke Night / tendered by the / South Melbourne Cricket Club / to / Mr A. L. [Arthur Lindsay] Hassett / On the eve of his departure for England / as a member of the / Nineteenth Australian Eleven". The event was held at Town Hall, South Melbourne, on Tuesday, 15th February 1938. The cover features a cartoon of Hassett, who saying in a balloon comment "NOW TROT / OUT THE / BRITISH / LION!!", whilst preparing to depart on the back of a kangaroo, which is carrying his bag. In the foreground a white swan is saying "GOOD / OLD / SOUTH MELB!" and a black cat is saying "GOOD / OLD / GEELONG!". A lion with a question mark above its head is looking over a fence in the background. "FAIRMONT / 199 NOBLE ST. / NEWTOWN / GEELONG" is embossed in relief in the top proper left corner of the cover. The four-panel folded page inside the booklet is tied to the cover at the spine with red and white ribbon.

Statement of significance

The Sport and General Memorabilia collection (The Charles Leski Auction -A219) consists of one black and white photograph of the 1888 Australian cricket team, one programme booklet for a "complimentary smoke night" held in Melbourne in 1938 prior to an Australia-England test match series and one colour poster advertising the official film of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Cricket represented a field of endeavour where a sense of "Australianness" preceded the formal federation of the colonies. Cricket has operated a cultural institution that has both unified the Empire and Commonwealth, as well as at times contributing to Anglo-Australian tensions, particularly at a popular level (most notably during the "Bodyline" tour of 1932-3). The 1956 Melbourne Olympics were the first Olympic games held in Australia. The games are commonly associated with the introduction of television into Australian society, but most people would still have had to have seen official footage at the cinema. It is the film of the Olympics that this poster advertises.

Object information

Back to top