National Gallery of Victoria in Australia Hosts Skater Tony Hallam’s Collection Until Feb. 5th, 2012

Skate fans living in Australia are a fortunate lot because they have until February 5th to check out the incredible skate collection of former pro skater Tony Hallam. Here' a quick overview of Hallam's collection and his career:

About the Collection

Hallam's assortment of skate memorabilia spans several decades and includes 800 skateboards. Most of the items were garnered during the course of his pro skate career. Some of the more historic skateboards in his collection include Stacy Peralta's 1970s Zephyr and Tony Hawk's first pro model from the 1980s. His collection also includes a vast array of skate apparel, footwear, magazines, advertisements and more. Some of the apparel and footwear items in his compilation include the original Bones Brigade uniform and a pair of blue and yellow Hobie skate shoes.

Additional Items on Display

In addition to Hallam's items, there will be a skate art display of work created by multiple Australian artists. The Australian skate art is connected to the Three Sixty Project. In case you have never heard of it before, the Three Sixty Project is an organization that donates skateboards to needy skaters across the world. Some of the programs it supplies include Skateistan Cambodia, One Friday Skate Ministry in the Philippines and the Elevate Youth Centre in Indonesia.

Where You Can See the Display

Hallam's collection will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria Studio on Flinders Street in Melbourne, Australia, until February 5th, 2012. The studio is traditionally open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. Those who live outside of Australia may catch a glimpse of some items in Hallam's vast collection online.

About Hallam's Career

Tony Hallam started skating in the 1970s and by the 1980s he was winning skate competitions in New Zealand and Australia. His New Zealand career highlights include being a champion in both Junior Bowl and Cross Country. In Australia he held the Victorian title. He did skate in America as well but did not achieve the same level of success as he did overseas. Hallam eventually transitioned into skatepark design during the 1990s. It is an occupation that he continues to engage in to this day.

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