NMA collection record

Liz Ellis' netball skirt, 1993


This is a golden yellow polyester netball skirt worn by Liz Ellis on her debut for Australia in 1993. The skirt is pleated, in alternating wide and narrow pleats. The front panel of the skirt is unpleated and is fastened by a metal and plastic sliding fastener on the waistband. 'A' is embroidered in dark green at the lower proper left corner of the front panel. The front panel is signed in black ink by the coach and other members of the Australian netball team.

Educational value

Elizabeth (Liz) Ellis (1973) was a member of the Australian national netball team from 1992 until 2007 and captain for the last four of those years. She is the most capped international player for Australian netball. She has won of three world titles (1995, 1999, 2007), two Commonwealth Games gold medals (1998, 2002), four national titles with the Sydney Swifts (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007) and most valuable player in the national competition four times (1996, 1998, 2002, 2006).

Netball evolved from basketball and until 1970 was known as 'women's basketball'. Netball has a very high participation rate, being the third most popular ball sport in Australia. It is by far the most popular women's sport and is played in both urban and rural areas. It is estimated that there are 1.2 million Australians who play netball. These facts combined with Australia's international competition success indicate that netball is a very important part of Australian culture.

The first World Championship was held in 1963 in England and netball has been a Commonwealth Games sport since 1990. Australia has claimed the World Championship title in nine of the 12 World Netball Championships held since 1963, including the 2007 World Netball Championships where they defeated New Zealand 42-38 in Auckland.

Sport has always been a large part of Australian life and Australians have always enjoyed success on the international sporting arena. Australian women in particular have consistently been high achievers in international sporting events and netball is one sport where this has been proven repeatedly. The sport evolved and developed in Commonwealth Countries in the early 1900s. In Australia this resulted in a unique local style and a strong Australian contribution to international rules and standards of play.

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