The Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton
The Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Queen's Baton Relay
Created by Charlwood Design
Image courtesy of Museum Victoria
Photographer John Augier
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Baton made for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay. A total of five identical batons were used in the 366-day relay that visited every nation in the Commonwealth. This particular baton was given to the Victorian Government by the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. The front face of the baton contains the detachable Queen's Message Button. The Button is a digital storage device, onto which the Queen's Message to the Athletes of the XVIII Commonwealth Games was encoded.
The challenge was to make it big but light. Weighing in at less than 2kg, so that runners could easily carry it, yet soaring to a metre in height so that it could be seen in a crowd, the baton has a magnesium body for lightweight strength. Inside is a space-age pack that includes radio frequency identification and internet technology so that the baton responds to each runner and relays its progress to the world.