The exhibition was held in the Rare Books Exhibition space, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University from 27 July - 29 September 2006 Opening address given by Melbourne author Gerald Murnane. Sport is an interest, even an enthusiasm, which spans Australian society. This exhibition does not give a detailed history of sport but rather gives researchers an idea of the resources available in the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection should they wish to study the social history of "sport." The items on display range in date from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Although there is a predominance of Australian material, English, American, European material is also included. Sports covered range from football and cricket, through swimming, rowing, golf, boxing and billiards, to big-game hunting, skiing, racing, coursing and rat-catching, a sport much favoured in Melbourne of the 1860s.
Overell, Richard and Overell, Richard (curator), “Sport: an exhibition of material from the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection 27 July - 29 September 2006,” Monash Collections Online, accessed November 25, 2020, http://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/13344