5 September – 23 November 2008
Remember the legends, see the treasures and relive the historic moments of rugby league. From Dally Messenger to Darren Lockyer, League of Legends: 100 years of Rugby League in Australia is an exhibition that tells some of game’s great stories from the past century.
Rugby league started in 1908 as a breakaway competition in defiance of the New South Wales Rugby Union and celebrates its centenary this year. This travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia explores the little-known early history of the game and its recent developments; features stories of the people who played, called and supported the game; and displays many treasures including trophies, photos and player mementos.
Over 20 of the game’s most coveted trophies, cups and shields feature in the exhibition. They include the Winfield Cup, the State of Origin Shield and the JJ Giltinan Shield. There is also the Super League Cup and Optus Cup from 1997, marking the temporary split of the code into two rival league competitions.
Other treasures include an assortment of early rugby league caps; the Royal Agricultural Society Shield presented in 1908 to the first competition winner and to league’s first great star, Dally Messenger, when Eastern Suburbs won in 1913; and renowned radio commentator Frank Hyde’s binoculars and folding card table from which he called the game. Jerseys worn by legendary players Clive Churchill in 1948 and Tommy Raudonikis and Arthur Beetson for the first State of Origin match in 1980 are also on display.
Early posters, programs, beer advertising, mascot costumes, supporters’ memorabilia and historic photos also bring to life league’s rich history. Interactive and audio visual displays allow visitors to relive the game’s classic television and radio moments. While visitors can also take their photo with life-size action figures of some of today’s great players.
Visit the National Museum of Australia League of Legends site to find out more, including key moments, teams and personalities, controversies and media moments.
Admission offer for NRL Club Members Present your NRL Club Membership card at the Powerhouse Museum to receive a 10% discount on Adult or Family Admission when visiting League of Legends: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia.
Commemorative Rugby League Zipper Tag for Junior League Club Members Present your JUNIOR LEAGUE PASS at the Powerhouse Museum when visiting League of Legends: 100 Years of Rugby League in Australia to receive a one-off Centenary of Rugby League zipper tag for your school or sports bag!
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Talks After Noon: League of Legends
Wednesday 3 September, 12.30pm
2008 marks the centenary of rugby league in Australia. The National Museum of Australia’s Guy Hansen, curator of League of Legends will explore the background to the exhibition.
Free after museum entry ($10 adult, $6 concession)
No bookings required.
Talks After Noon:
A game for racehorses
Sunday 7 September (Fathers Day), 2.00pm
Ian Heads, noted sports historian, journalist and author, talks rugby league. In this illustrated talk he will tackle the game's controversies, characters and dramatic events on a journey through league's first century. Target Theatre Free after museum entry ($10 adult, $6 concession) No bookings required
Centenary Conference of Rugby League in Australia
Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November
This conference examines the cultural, historical and social significance of rugby league in Australia from 1908 to 2008. Target Theatre Cost: $75; students/pensioners $25 Enquiries and bookings: Karen Entwistle phone 9772 6213, email K.Entwistle@uws.edu.au