Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch used by Cathy Freeman

Made by G A & L Harrington Pty Ltd in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This torch is perhaps the most compelling object of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It signifies the precise moment when the Games officially opened, and when the world focussed its attentions upon Sydney and Australian culture as a whole.

This Olympic torch was used by Cathy Freeman on 15 September 2000 to ignite the Olympic cauldron during the Opening Ceremony. It was designed by Sydney company, Blue Sky Design, and manufactured by G.A. & L. Harrington in anodised and textured aluminium. Its t...


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Physical Description

Olympic torch used by Cathy Freeman. The torch is made from shaped steel with pivoting cover sleeve for access to the fuel cylinder. It has an internal burner and valve mechanism. The torch tapers towards the base. The main body of the torch is polished steel. The cover is made up of two shells; the first shell is anodised blue steel and contains a space for the fuel cylinder. The second shell has a white powder coating with a silver Sydney 2000 logo on either side. Inside the torch is an empty fuel cylinder.



790 mm


40 mm


100 mm



Designed by Blue Sky Design. Design submitted to SOCOG on 28 February 1998.

Manufactured by G.A. & L. Harrington, Padstow NSW, c.2000


G A & L Harrington Pty Ltd null


Blue Sky Design Group 1998



Used by Cathy Freeman to light the Olympic cauldron on 15 September 2000. Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games. The Sydney 2000 Olympic torch received an Australian Design Award and the Powerhouse Museum Selection in 2000.


Freeman, Cathy 2000


Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

Cite this Object


Sydney 2000 Olympic Games torch used by Cathy Freeman 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2018, <>


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This object is currently on display in Icons: From the MAAS Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.


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