The emblem of the Games features the Australian territory in the lower part of an oval that could represent the athletics track from the Olympic Stadium, from which a burning torch emerges. The
tapered lower end of the torch is exactly placed where Melbourne is located. In the upper area are the Olympic rings. The text in the oval reads “XVIth Olympiad” at the top and “Melbourne 1956”
at the bottom. On the two long sides of the oval are laurel tendrils, a motif that builds a bridge to the Ancient Olympic Games. This emblem was used on all official printed matter in various
forms, mainly in dark blue and dark green. The multicoloured version was used exclusively for souvenirs and on three-dimensional objects.