Magazine published in Sydney in August 1958, and proclaims itself to be `Australia's leading sporting magazine'. It contains a number of articles related to boxing, football (both rugby and Australian rules), golf and athletics.There is also a four page article on the 1950s Australian race horse `Tulloch', with the theme `Is Tulloch greater than Phar Lap'.

Physical Description

Rectangular magazine consisting of fifty thin paper papers inside a glossy paper cover. The pages are attached by two metal staples. Inside is printed in black ink with extensive text, illustrations and photographs. On the front cover is the title `Sports Novels', information about the contents and a coloured photograph of two rugby players, as well as the name `Ireland' written in pencil. On the back cover is an advertisement for a Kriesler Triplex portable radio.


The magazine relates to Phar Lap continuing role as the benchmark to which all subsequent Australian horses have been compared. In the late 1950s it was Tulloch's turn to be measured up to him. Although widely acknowledged as having the most successful season ever for a race horse (as a three year old), serious stomach illness over an 18 month period put a stop to his chance of equalling, or bettering, the career of his predecessor. However, his impressive track record was acknowledged in 2001 when he, along with Carbine and Phar Lap, were the inaugural inductees into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
Phar Lap's position as the yardstick for the Australian Racing Industry is still true today, as was the case during the successful 2005 Melbourne Cup campaign of the horse Makybe Diva.

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