A 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games relay torch, used for AGOS "Gallery to Schools" programme. The design for the Melbourne 1956 Olympic relay torch was by Ralph Lavers, and originally used for the 1948 London Games. Made entirely of metal, the torch features a cylindrical handle, with a bowl on top. The volatile chemicals hexamine and naphthalene were used to ignite the relay torch. A flat circular shield is situated just beneath the bowl. Inscription around the bowl reads: 'OLYMPIA-MELBOURNE:XVI OLYMPIAD 1956:'. This particular torch is mounted onto a wooden base, and encased in a clear acrylic (i.e. Perspex) case.
0 - Whole: H: 443 W: 185 D: 185mm (H: 17 7/16 W: 7 5/16 D: 7 5/16")
Organising Committee for the Games of the XVIth Olympiad, Melbourne 1956