Photograph of Australian Olympic team members with a kangaroo, 1936 Berlin Olympic Village

Object Type
Photography/Photograph/Black and white
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Brief Description
Black and white photograph of Chris Wheeler taken on June 23 1936, inside the Olympic Village. Wheeler and other Australian Olympic Team members are standing around a young kangaroo which was given as a gift to Village Commander Captain Wolfgang Fürstner, after the arrival of the Australian Olympic Team that day. Fürstner wears his Wehrmacht officer uniform and kneels down reaching out to the kangaroo. The kangaroo is held by a boy from the Jugendehrendienst (Honorary Youth Service). Wheeler is wearing a suit. He is patting the kangaroo while looking at the camera. Four other boys from the Jugendehrendienst with white caps are standing in the crowd. On the right stands a German NCO in uniform. Two house attendants from North German Lloyd with white uniform hats are amongst the
people in front of the house. The accommodation is house no 43, named “Haus
Worms”, as part of the houses belonging to the Australian Olympic Team. There is a piece of paper with German writing that was once attached to the reverse of the
photograph. Handwritten inscription in pencil verso reads, "The arrival of the kangaroo at Olympic Village".
0 - Whole: H: 179 W: 243 D: 1mm (H: 7 1/16 W: 9 9/16 D: 1/16")
Date Used
In storage
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Kindly donated to the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum by The Wheeler Family





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