Press and Publicity

Following his retirement from journalism Edward A. Doyle played a key role in public relations for the games and was the honorary editor of the ‘XVI Olympiad Melbourne 1956' official report by the Organising Committee for the Games. A photograph of Doyle presenting the official report is in the Stanley J Scott collection. Examples of the press blazer and sports bag used by Doyle in his role as chair of the Press and Publicity Committee are held in his collection at UMA. Reference photographs are available for researchers to view.

The Olympic Village – as it will be used during the Olympiad, c.1955, Housing Commission, Victoria. Harold Bartlett Collection, University Melbourne Archives, 1967.0018.00002, detail of folio 13.
The Olympic Village – as it will be used during the Olympiad, c.1955, Housing Commission, Victoria. Harold Bartlett Collection, University Melbourne Archives, 1967.0018.00002, detail of folio 13.

Nancy Dexter was a writer and journalist who was particularly influential on women’s affairs as well as consumer affairs and travel for The Herald, 1960-1966, and The Age, 1967-1983. A look at an uncredited article by Dexter for the Australian Women’s Weekly reveals much about how women viewed the Olympics, their concerns about and interests in the international event.

Dexter, Nancy, 'Athletes Ready: The Curtain Rises’, The Australian Women’s Weekly, 28 November 1956, Unit 9 Dexter, Nancy, University of Melbourne Archives, 1987.0065
Dexter, Nancy, 'Athletes Ready: The Curtain Rises’, The Australian Women’s Weekly, 28 November 1956, Unit 9 Dexter, Nancy, University of Melbourne Archives, 1987.0065

Sources

Dexter, Nancy. 'Athletes Ready: The Curtain Rises’, The Australian Women's Weekly, 28 November 1956, Dexter, Nancy, University of Melbourne Archives, 1987.0065 (photographs by Gary Linney)

Olympic Games Organizing Committee, 1956, The official report of the Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne 1956.  Organizing Committee of the XVI Olympiad, Melbourne