Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1st January 1864
Melbourne Cricket Ground,
1st January 1864 1864
colour lithograph, watercolour
26.1 x 35.7 (image) 27.8 x 37.4 cm
(comp) 35.3 x 45.6 cm (sheet)
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National Gallery of Victoria
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is regarded as hallowed turf in the popular imagination.
This early lithograph shows its beginnings in a paddock with the crowd picknicking, promenading and climbing trees for a better view. A century later, the MCG was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games, an event that proved to be a significan turning point in how Melburnians viewed themselves in relation to the rest of the world.