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Edna Davey's swimming trophy with base

2005.0025.0007

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Edna Davey's swimming trophy with base

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Physical description

Trophy made of cast metal depicting a swimmer in a one piece costume and cap standing on a board preparing to dive. It is fixed to rectangular grey-white marble block with bolt and nut that are loose. There us a metal shield at the front and centre of the block that is engraved with text 'TO / commemorate her / swimming performances / AND / breaking worlds record / 300.YDS. / EDNA DAVEY / Time 3:54 4/5'. Stands on circular wooden base that is currently detached.

Statement of significance

The Suzanne Clubb collection consists of a scrapbook, a commemorative plate, three medals and two trophies belonging to two swimming world record holders Grahame Hamilton and his mother Edna Davey.

Edna Davey was one of the four women out of the eighteen Australians selected to journey to the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Davey's other swimming achievement was holding the world record for 1000m freestyle in 1929. Davey's son Grahame Hamilton followed in his mother's footsteps through selection for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and a world record for 2x440 yards freestyle relay in 1959. This may be the only occurrence in Australian sporting history of a mother and son both being Olympians and world record holders.

Physical description

On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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