Letter from Les Harley to his family whilst at Olympic Games, August 1936

Object Type
Documents and books/Document/Letter
Date Used
03 Aug 1936
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Brief Description
A three-page letter written by Australian boxer, Leslie Harley, to his family in Melbourne, whilst in Berlin to compete with the Australian Olympic team at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Based at the Olympic Village (Olympisches Dorf), Harley writes about his inability to prepare properly because of his healing arm, caused by surgery to remove a septic carbuncle, in June. Harley also mentions his reactions to news received about the 1936 V.F.L. season, his first experiences with television, (Berlin 1936 was the first Olympic Games to be televised in Germany or anywhere for that matter), and, U.S. sprinter Jesse Owens' victory in the Men's 100-metre sprint.
0 - Whole: H: 295 W: 210 D: 1mm (H: 11 5/8 W: 8 1/4 D: 1/16")
Date Used
03 Aug 1936
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Kindly donated to the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum by Les Harley.




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