Track and field

Do you remember the rush of winning an amateur sporting tournament, watching your team win the AFL Grand Final or being on the side lines at the Melbourne Cup?

Explore a range of activities inspired by our local sporting history and the popular recreational activities of the 1930s to the 1970s.

Team portrait of the Shell Company Australian Rules Football team, taken at Toorongo Oval.
Shell Co, Australian Rules Football Team, Toorongo Oval, Victoria, 05 Jul 1959: Laurie Richards Collection.


Listen to a selection of feel good sporting anthems, club ballads and classic Australian sporting songs.

Image slideshow

Download images depicting popular sports and recreational activities from Museums Victoria’s collection.


Test your general knowledge about Melbourne’s sporting history.


Other activity suggestions

Looking for more ways to reminisce about our sporting history? The following activities can all be enjoyed from the comfort of your home:

Melbourne Cup sweep

Find an old Melbourne Cup race on YouTube, print out a list of the horses running and do your own Melbourne Cup sweep.

Suggested YouTube search terms: Phar Lap Melbourne Cup 1930, Phar Lap the mighty conqueror

Fashions on the Field

Get crafty and try your hand at hat making using found materials around the home. Spoil yourself with a ‘Fashions on the Field’ afternoon tea.

There is short footage on YouTube of the first Fashions on the Field competition in 1962 for inspiration.

Footy lunch

Put on your team colours and sit down to a classic footy lunch of meat pies, sausage rolls, and hot chips. If there is a game on tune into a live match, or if not just listen to some theme songs in our Spotify Playlist above or watch an old match on YouTube.

The following VFL Grand Finals can all be found on YouTube: 1945, 1954, 1958, along with many others.

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