Australian women's tennis team with manager, 1938
Australian Women's Tennis Team with Manager
March 8, 1938
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"We are going to Europe to gather experience" (W.H. Walker in Colombo, 1938)
In 1938 young female athletes who wished to travel overseas for competition had to be suitably chaperoned. The 1938 team had a male team captain and manager in W.H. Walker, or 'Mr. Walker' to the girls. One member of the team, Nell Hopman was older than the others and had been overseas previously - for her honeymoon in 1934 - and so acted in the role of 'mother' to the other girls. In a London news article she affectionately scolded her team-mates: 'Arent they terrible children? They spend all their money on clothes...our luggage is swelling visibly!"
The images shows the team (L-R: Thelma Coyne, Nancye Wynne, Mr W.H. Walker, Nell Hopman, Dorothy Stevenson) shortly after boarding the Maloja for their journey to England, on March 8, 1938.