This article started due to finding the name John Cawthorn on UK pro tour programme and wondering who this player was and how he came to be there as a vitrual unknown. We invited John’s brother Tim along to one of our Tennis Heritage Australia meetings  to discuss this “unknown player”. It was, to say […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia 2015 Year to Date

by rod on September 11, 2015

2015 has been a great year for Tennis Heritage Australia. In January, one of the elite USA coaches, Ken De Hart caught up with us during his time in Melbourne as guest speaker at the Australian Open Coaches conference. Ken is a collector however his reputation as a great coach and his extensive connections have […]


Within Tennis Heritage Australia we have a range of collectors and historians interested in books, equipment, autographs and of course researching the development of the game. This next story highlights how valuable a small amount of information can unravel a story about an Australian Player who never really gets a mention in any of the […]


Owing to the success of Australian Player, Jack Crawford many famous trophies went missing, whereabouts unknown. Jack won the Junior Australian Championships in the mid 1920′s three times running and that forced the retirement of  that trophy. He then proceeded to win the Australian Mens Championship in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1935.  The three straight […]


Tennis Heritage Australia Newsletter 2014

by rod on January 31, 2014

Greetings tennis history fans and followers, Since our last newsletter, some excellent undertakings have occurred along with some very interesting memorabilia being uncovered. Firstly though, since this is written post the 2014 Australian Open, it was  a highly entertaining tournament with many major stars knocked out of contention and an odd ball draw in the […]



December 7, 2013

East Bros. were located in Melbourne and only in 2013 did we find a reference to this company given an extremely low level of advertising in the newspapers. Thankfully we did find this example of a tennis racquet.  It would appear they did manufacture golf equipment as did Slazenger and Spalding.  Even Hedley, had a […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia Newsletter 2013

July 31, 2013

Tennis Heritage Australia currently has two active groups in Sydney and Melbourne. Ideally, over time as more people learn about the group we may be able to develop further groups in other states or regions. Facebook now has 213 Likes and this newsletter heads out around the World to over 600.  All the International collecting […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia Q4 Newsletter

December 20, 2012

Greetings to our massive 580+ database of tennis enthusiasts, There was no Q3 newsletter through lack of any real activity so we have jumped to Q4 in conjunction with meetings held in Melbourne and Sydney. Please note that meetings are conducted two or three times per year and new members who have an interest in […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia Newsletter Q2 2012

August 27, 2012

  Greetings Tennis Enthusiasts, Apologies for being late, but some photos we have been waiting on went north as part of the ritual winter migration of the retired folk from way down south. Indeed the photos we are most lucky to have at all. STOLEN PROPERTY AWARENESS On the return trip, a car was broken […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia News Q1 2012

April 18, 2012

  Greetings  Tennis Enthusiasts, This last few months has typically been quite interesting but perhaps a little more so than usual owing to some major finds. Unknown Australian Wins 1923 Irish Tennis Championships: George Eric Mackay In January, we found a simple small article about an Australian player who in 1923 won the Irish Championships. […]

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