Reflecting on: the Sydney Olympics

Discover some of the fascinating Olympics memorabilia that Sydneysiders have held onto and share your own memories in this interactive discussion that celebrates collectors and Olympics nostalgia. 

Twenty-one years on, the impact of the Sydney Olympics on Australia’s identity continues to be felt. It lives on not only in people’s minds but also in personal collections of merchandise and paraphernalia – a volunteer’s uniform, autographed photos of athletes, soft-toy Olympic mascot characters and much, much more – carefully stored away in homes across Sydney and elsewhere.

There is also an entire archive of reports, plans, publications and other material that was produced for the Sydney Olympics and collected by NSW State Archives. Part of Sydney’s Olympic story, this ‘official’ material adds to the memory and record of this once-in-a-lifetime event. 


Thursday 23 September, 4pm-4.45pm
Free online via zoom link below


We want to hear from you!

Do you have any Sydney Olympics memorabilia or stories you’d like to share in our talk? Tell us about your item or story, including images via email at:

Zoom details

Passcode: 728649

Prior to the talk, please ensure you have Zoom installed on your computer or mobile device:

At the time of the talk, please click on the above Zoom webinar link and follow the prompts.


Martyn Killion

Martyn Killion is the Director of Collections, Access and Engagement (CAE). As Director, Martyn has oversight of ensuring the proper transfer of records into the State Archives Collection and their documentation, and their care through conservation; providing services for the public to access the Collection and developing and managing engagement initiatives, including an award-winning exhibitions program. Martyn has had an association with NSW State Archives for over 40 years. Read more.

Free online

When & Where

Thursday 23 September 2021 4PM–4.45PM