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11-June-2020 (Ballarat City Council)
11-June-2020 (Ballarat City Council)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Ballarat City Council

The Rotary Club of Ballarat erected the monument to commemorate the rowing and canoeing events of the 16th Olympiad, contested on Lake Wendouree in 1956.

The monument is topped by the 5 Olympic circles supported by a boomerang symbolising the invitation to return, and a plaque bears the names of the countries which competed


Address:Wendouree Parade, Botanical Gardens, Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.555359
Long: 143.822832
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:23-November-1956
Actual Event End Date:01-December-1956


Front Inscription

To commemorate the rowing and canoeing events of the XVIth Olympiad contested over the 2000 metres rowing course on Lake Wendouree

23rd November - 1st December 1956.

Erected by the Rotary Club of Ballarat

Back Inscription

The following countries competed on Lake Wendouree during the 1956 Olympic Games.

Greece Hungary Austria Italy Belguim Japan Brazil Mexico Chile New Zealand Cuba Norway Canada Poland Czechoslovakia Rumania Denmark Sweden France United States of America Finland USSR Germany Uruguay Great Britain Yugoslavia Northern Ireland Australia

Inscription in Proximity

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most impportant thing in life is not the triumph, but the stugglr.  The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." 

Olympic Creed (Pierre de Coubertin)

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au