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Evonne Goolagong Cawley tennis collection

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At a glance

  • First Indigenous Australian to achieve international tennis success
  • Wimbledon trophies and racquets
  • 1970s
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, wearing white cotton gloves, holds a small silver plate.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley with her 1980 Wimbledon women's singles trophy. Photo: Dean McNicholl.

Seven Grand Slams

Evonne Goolagong Cawley is one of Australia's most successful tennis players.

She won seven Grand Slam tournaments and was the first Indigenous Australian to achieve success in tennis on the world stage.

The National Museum's collection includes Evonne's 1971 and 1980 Wimbledon singles trophies, the trophy from her 1974 doubles win and two racquets used in these tournaments.

A permanent Australian home

Evonne Goolagong Cawley sits beside a case containing a small circular trophy, white tennis dress, text panels and black and white photograph.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley with her Wimbledon trophy and associated memorabilia. Photo: Dean McNicoll.

Evonne visited the National Museum in Canberra in 2005, when her trophies first went on display.

'I'm delighted that my Wimbledon trophies and associated memorabilia have found a single and permanent home at the National Museum where they can be viewed by all who wish to,' Evonne said.

'I have never been one to display trophies at home even though I was fortunate to win a lot of them, but these are special and ever since I first won at Wimbledon in 1971, I have received requests to see or borrow them.

'To that end over the years, they have either been on display at different institutions or functions or locked away between times in secure storage.

'I feel honoured that people want to see them and thanks to my ongoing relationship with the National Museum, they can now be seen long after I am gone.'

Natural talent

From a tennis court in the small New South Wales town of Barellan, Evonne went on to become one of the world's top tennis players.

She won the Australian Open four times, the French Open once and Wimbledon twice and was inducted to the the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

'Evonne had incredible natural talent and received strong support from the people of Barellan, who helped her train in Sydney,' said National Museum curator Joanne Bach. 'Her story is even more remarkable because she is one of very few women who have won a major tournament as a mother.'

The Museum's Evonne Goolagong Cawley collection also includes a signed warm-up jacket and a dress with a bolero style top, designed by Teddy Tinling in the early 1970s.

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Collection database records

Evonne Goolagong Cawley on the National Foundation for Australian Women website