MCG Memories – The 1956 Olympics

As part of the Balcony Banter series on the MCC website, Ann Rusden has offered a timely reflection on attending the Olympics at the MCG. It is interesting to hear that Melbourne was not immune from the now traditional controversy concerning unfinished infrastructure. A great read.


Ann has also recalled her earliest memories of witnessing a test match against South Africa in 1952.


We’d love to hear from other MCC members who have a favorite MCG memory they would like to share. Drop a line to [email protected] or [email protected] if you feel inspired.


  1. Pamela Sherpa says

    Ann, my first memory of the MCG was my father’s description of watching the thrilling high jump competition at the 1956 Olympics. The atmosphere of the ground entered my psyche long before my first trip there. I first went to the famous ground to watch an Essendon -Carlton semi final in the 60’s, and can still recall the spine tingling feeling of hearing the crowd roar as I entered the ground. It was the beginning of a wonderful football journey. I remember the September ritual of standing outside the ground as my father went inside to organise passes inside, watching my team, Essendon, play in finals and win flags and going home after crushing losses. It was a huge part of my life. The MCG represents the sporting epicentre of the world to me.

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