Nicky Winmar jumper

18 September, 2012

Football Jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar, 1993.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

The jumper worn by former St Kilda footballer Nicky Winmar, when he made his famous gesture after an AFL match in 1993, has been acquired by Museum Victoria.

“This jumper represents one of the most significant events in Australian cultural history and we are pleased to welcome it into our permanent collection,” said Dr Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria.

“Nicky Winmar’s famous action, in which he responded to racial abuse by raising the jumper and proudly pointing to his skin, is recognised as a celebrated stand against racism in sport and we are excited to have the opportunity to share this story.”

The jumper will be displayed in the forthcoming First Peoples exhibition in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum opening in September 2013. Featuring hundreds of objects from Museum Victoria’s collection, as well as cutting-edge multimedia experiences, First Peoples will share the dynamic and vibrant cultures of Aboriginal people with a focus on south-eastern Australia.

“This jumper represents a proud moment in history for Australia’s First Peoples,” said Caroline Martin, Manager, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. “It symbolises pride and strength in our culture and Nicky’s brave action was a catalyst in challenging racist attitudes in Australian sport.”

“We are delighted that many future visitors to Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum will be able to commemorate the inspirational story behind this jumper and reflect on its significance.”

The jumper was sold to Museum Victoria through Sotheby’s Australia on behalf of its former owner Tim O’Brien, an American basketball player who came to own it after a jumper exchange with Winmar. The two remain close friends.

Museum Victoria bought the jumper from funds reserved for the acquisition of items into Museum Victoria’s collections. Proceeds from the sale will go to O’Brien’s Peloha Foundation, which will fund a documentary film about racism in sport.

First Peoples opens in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre at Melbourne Museum on 7 September 2013.

For further media information, interviews or images, please contact:
Amanda Linardon on 03 8341 7726, 0400 130 307 or alinardon@museum.vic.gov.au