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NSW Amateur Swimming Association medal awarded to G Hamilton

2005.0025.0001

NSW Amateur Swimming Association medal awarded to G Hamilton

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Physical description

Prize medal in gold coloured metal and red enamel, with a two-tone blue ribbon joining the medal to a pin-fastening decorative bar. The front of the medal features the NSW coat of arms flanked by flowering waratahs, with three waratahs decorating the pin bar. Text on the medal and bar reads "N.S.W. AMATEUR / SWIMMING ASSOCIATION", "N.S.W / A.S.4 / CHAMPIONSHIPS". An engraved inscription on the reverse of the medal reads "880 Yds. Snr C'hp / 1956-57 / 2nd / G. Hamilton".

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.

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