'Worlds Records Holder' plaque awarded by the International Amateur Athletic Federation to each of the members of the world-record-breaking, gold-medal winning Australian women's 4x100 metre relay team at the 1956 Olympic Games. The plaque is bronze, inscription on obverse reads: "IAAF/ INTERNATIONAL/ AMATEUR ATHLETIC/ FEDERATION", below an image of a winged lady standing on a globe. The reverse reads "INTERNATIONAL/ AMATEUR ATHLETIC/ FEDERATION/ TO/[engraved & highlighted in white enamel] AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM/ (S.B. DE LA HUNTY,/ N. CROKER,/ F. MELLOR,/ B. CUTHBERT)/ WORLDS RECORDS HOLDER/ 4X 100 METRES RELAY/ 44.9 S./ 1.12.1956/ MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA". This is one of 2 plaques owned by Shirley Strickland that are identical in all but the times: this one reads '44.9 s' while the other reads '44.5 s'.
H: 101 W: 70 D: 5mm (H: 4 W: 2 3/4 D: 3/16")
Shirley Strickland; 18 Jul 1925; 16 Feb 2004
Norma Croker; 11 Sep 1934
Fleur Mellor; 31 Jul 1936
Betty Cuthbert; 20 Apr 1938; 07 Aug 2017
Women's 4 x 100m Relay Team
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by a private collector.