What A Week That Was For Pioneer Fanny Durack

Pioneers of 2012

The pioneers: what a week this was for Australian pioneer Sarah Frances “Fanny” Durack 101 years ago. The first woman to win an Olympic swimming title, Durack not only claimed the inaugural crown of crowns, the 100m freestyle, at Stockholm 1912, she also won a battle against the men who told her she could not compete and even when they changed their minds told her to pay her own passage to Sweden

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The pioneers: what a week this was for Australian pioneer Sarah Frances “Fanny” Durack 101 years ago. The first woman to win an Olympic swimming title, Durack not only claimed the inaugural crown of crowns, the 100m freestyle, at Stockholm 1912, she also won a battle against the men who told her she could not compete and even when they changed their minds told her to pay her own passage to Sweden

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Nicole Jeffery

Love that footage – the Bondi Icebergs still has the same chain link fence around it to this day (perhaps not the very same one, but identical).

Grace Barnes

I hate to tell you, but that’s not Fanny Durack and Jennie Fletcher. Its often credited as Fanny and Mina Wylie but it isn’t them either. They are swimmers from the Swedish team.

Craig Lord

Indeed not, the caption was replicated from an archive file. Now updated, Grace, thanks for the spot

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