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New South Wales Women's Amateur Swimming Association silver medal awarded to E Davey

2005.0025.0004

New South Wales Women's Amateur Swimming Association silver medal awarded to E Davey

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Physical description

Silver medal featuring relief decoration and engraving. The face shows the NSW coat of arms encircled by a life preserver and scrolling ribbons bearing the text "NEW SOUTH WALES / WOMEN'S / AMATEUR / SWIMMING ASSOCIATION" and three flowering waratahs at the bottom centre. The reverse features engraved text "Mile / Chp. of N.S.W. / 1st / E. DAVEY 25 - 3 3/5s. / Australian Record" encircled by a wreath of eucalyptus.

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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