All of our photos were stored on a webserver called PHOTOBUCKET and linked to the pages on Unfortunately, in their wisdom they decided to move from a free hosting model to a $400 a year model which meant that all pic links have been hijacked. Consquently, and to avoid annual costs, the site will […]


Australian Tennis History BOOK DOWNLOAD

by rod on October 24, 2016

To all the followers of Australian Tennis History thanks for all of your contact and support. Over the last 8, enjoyable  years collecting  equipment and researching stories with my colleagues I am pleased to present you this informative picture book about how the game arriving into Australia and our rapid journey into the upper echelon’s […]


Spider Web

by rod on March 12, 2018

Spider Web Sport Products introduced tennis racquets into the range of archery and  hockey equipment in the early to mid 1930′s to take advantage of the games rapidly growing popularity.  Spider Web’s owner William Respini was a cabinet maker by trade and the factory was located at 133 Wells Place, South Melbourne, or as it […]


  In the early 1890′s an ex student of Brisbane Grammar was reported in Scottish literature playing for Edinburgh University and achieving some pretty good results. This was Arthur B Carvosso who was a student from 1876 to 1881 which corresponds with a new tennis set arriving with  new English head master Reginald Roe. After […]


Hi Tennis History lovers, Another fascinating year with a few historical dots joined together. In the first book ever written about the sport, “Lawn Tennis in Australasia” by the Referee aka Robert Kidston he partially tells of John O’Hara Wood’s story relating to the first tennis games being played in Australia, frustratingly without going in […]


Tennis Heritage Australia 2015 Year to Date

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 […]

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Unknown 1920′s Australian Player- H.L.Barclay

August 13, 2014

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 […]

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Lost Australian Trophies re-emerge from Jack Crawfords past

May 21, 2014

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 […]

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Tennis Heritage Australia Newsletter 2014

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 […]

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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 from a Sydney plant as did other multi sport […]

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