Pair of hand-made running shoes worn by Shirley Strickland at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, at which she won 2 gold medals in the 80m hurdles and as a member of the women's 4x100m relay team. The shoes are made of black Tasmanian wallaby leather with silver eyelets, white laces, 6 long sharp spikes under the toes, and a narrow sole.
1 - Left shoe: H: 248 W: 90mm (H: 9 3/4 W: 3 9/16")
2 - Right shoe: H: 60 W: 93 D: 255mm (H: 2 3/8 W: 3 11/16 D: 10 1/16")
Shirley Strickland; 18 Jul 1925; 16 Feb 2004
Hope Sweeney of Melbourne
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by a private collector.