BORN ON NOVEMBER 14TH, 1877, at St Kilda, Victoria. Wimbledon tennis champion Norman Brookes not only competed in curling in Australia and New Zealand, he released the first stane to introduce curling to Australia in Melbourne in 1933. He was the foundation president of the Victorian Curling Club, formed in Melbourne in 1933, the first in Australia. They toured to New Zealand in 1934 where the sport had been played for 50 or 60 years, then New Zealand toured Australia in 1935 (see article at link below).
Bobbie Jackson, the foundation captain of the Victorian ice hockey team, played in these first tournaments. Other foundation players included Captain Moffat-Pender, Captain McCormick, Roughton, Hattrick and Arthur Grenbury Outhwaite, husband of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888 1960), the famous children's illustrator, whose drawings sometimes appeared in Glaciettes magazine produced by Glaciarium Ltd in Melbourne (pictured in 1925 article at link below). Her father Rev Jouhn Laurence Rentoul (18461926) was Presbyterian mininster of St George's, Southport, Lancashire, when the Southport Glaciarium opened coinciding with the foundation of the National Skating Association. The wealthy congregation of St George's on Chapel Street, East St Kilda neighboured Rev John Reid's church. When they sought to attract a minister from Britain and offered a stipend of £800 per annum, the noted London preacher Oswald Dykes nominated Rentoul.
Brookes' wife was president of the Queen Victoria Hospital of Women and Children (formerly in Lonsdale St, Melbourne), which received over £200 proceeds from the Glaciarium Gala on July 14th, 1932. The Melbourne Glaciarium had a policy of donating the entire proceeds of a Gala annually to one of the public hospitals.  Brookes was educated at Melbourne Grammar School from where he matriculated in 1895, then started work as a junior clerk with the Australian Paper Mills Co Ltd. His father was managing director and owner with Captain Archibald Currie, and Norman was a director of the firm by 1904. He had excelled at cricket, football and lawn tennis while at school, showing a precocious aptitude for all ball games. He was an AFL footballer and later took up golf, winning the Victorian foursomes championship once and the Australian twice. He often competed with Hal Reid.
Brookes' great enthusiasm, however, was tennis and he devoted much of his time to improving his game. He was the first foreign player to win the Wimbledon men's singles championship in 1907, which he won again in 1914. He was part of the Australian Davis Cup team that won the trophy in 1907 and held it until 1911, creating great interest in the tournament in Australia. He still holds the Grand Slam records for the oldest tennis champion, winning the Men's doubles in 1924 at the age of 46 years and 2 months, and one of the few left-handed singles champions (1911). He was president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria from 1925 until 1937; it was largely due to his enterprise that Kooyong, purchased in 1919, was developed as a tennis centre. In 1926 he became president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, holding the office for twenty-eight years. He married Mabel Balcombe Emmerton, author and community worker. Brookes died at his home, Elm Tree House, South Yarra, on September 28th, 1968 and was buried in St Kilda cemetery. Mabel and two daughters survived him.  The trophy for men’s singles at the Australian Open is named in his honour and he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977.
 Curling was first played in Australia ar the Melbourne Glaciarium. The first curling club formed in 1933 and was subsequently disbanded in 1939. The Australian Curling Association formed in 1984 and established links with the World Curling Federation in 1986. The Australian Curling Federation was formed in 1993 as the national governing body for the sport in Australia. It had three State members: Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Since then, the South Australian Association has closed, and the Queensland Curling Association was formed in 2005. Today the ACF continues with its initial goal of supporting the state members and liaising with international bodies in an effort to propel the sport towards gaining national and international recognition. Curling is now played every winter in Melbourne, from March to November.
Ross Carpenter, 'BROOKES, Sir Norman Everard (1877 - 1968)', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/bio-brookes.html, accessed online .
 'Brookes, Sir Norman Everard (1877 - 1968)', W. H. Frederick, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 427-428.