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The Roy Emerson Museum

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
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Published May 16th 2016
Proudly Celebrating Roy Emerson
It is possibly one of the smallest museums you could visit, but the little building at Blackbutt, proudly boasts a museum to Roy Emerson, who was born at a nearby Nukku back in 1953. While his family moved to Brisbane some years later, the folk at Blackbutt have never let anyone forget that he came from their town.

Roy "Emmo" Emerson
was a 6 foot tall tennis player who became one of Australia's most successful and exciting sportsman in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a member of a record number of eight Davis Cup winning teams from 1959 to 1967.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame back in 1982, and the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986. (Source Wikipedia.) Read about his impressive career here.

In 2015, the former Milton Tennis Centre was named the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre. He now lives in the USA, however, he was at the opening.

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Looking into the Museum

So next time you travel the D'Aguilar Highway, keep an eye out for the sign in Blackbutt that directs you to the Roy Emerson Museum, which opened in 2015. A life-sized bronze statue is currently being created which will stand in front of the museum on completion.

The Museum is at the entrance of the Blackbutt Rail Trail.

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Old Blackbutt Rail Station Building

You will find more information at the Nukku Nook website.

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Why? New Museum to Celebrate Roy Emerson
When: Daily 10 am to 12 noon
Phone: (07) 4163 0413
Where: Bowman Rd, Blackbutt - near entrance to Blackbutt Rail Trail
Cost: Free
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