The 1908 London Olympic Games' purpose-built stadium at Shepherd’s Bush.

Due to COVID restrictions, this event has been cancelled.

Join us at The Women's College from 10am on Tuesday 3 August as Professor Ian Jobling shares his expertise on the early modern Olympic games. The event begins with morning tea, and concludes with an optional lunch (additional cost). If you have any questions about this event, please email

The concept of the ‘modern’ Olympic Games came to fruition in the 1890s, largely through the efforts of a French aristocrat, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Late 19th century technological changes in transportation, communication and urbanisation assisted in the development of international competitive sport which led to the inaugural Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

The Games of the next two Olympiads struggled in their concept and presentation, that the IOC was forced to agree to Athens hosting what Professor Jobling has called the ‘Clayton’s Olympics’ in 1906. But, the London and Stockholm Olympics and 1908 and 1912 were such that the principles of the Olympic Movement survived despite the intrusion of World War One.


Meet the presenter - Professor Ian Jobling

Ian at the gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Dr Ian Jobling, Sport and Olympic Historian, is Honorary Director of the UQ Centre for Olympic Studies, and Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Studies at The University of Queensland, Australia. The Queensland Olympic Council has bestowed Ian with the Pierre de Coubertin Appreciation Award, the QOC Service Award, and Honorary Life Membership. Ian received the Australian Prime Minister and Governor General’s 2000 Australian Sports Medal for Services to the Olympic Movement and Olympic Education.  In 2004, he was a recipient of the Niki Award by the Australian Hellenic Council in recognition of the promotion and support of Hellenism in Australian, especially the Olympic Games.



Transport and parking

Please note, The Women's College does not have capacity to facilitate guest parking. All of their carparks have been reserved for college residents.

Public transport

The Women’s College is a short (350m) walk from UQ Lakes Bus Station. Alternatively, it is a one kilometre walk from Chancellor's Place Bus Station.

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