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414108
  • Title
    Mina Wylie, her family, swimming colleagues and friends - travelling, holidays and swimming competitions, photographed from ca.1883-1930s
  • Call number
    PXE 1028
  • Level of description
    series
  • Date

    ca. 1883-1930s
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    414108
  • Issue Copy
    Partly Digitised : Box 1
  • Physical Description
    225 items, predominantly silver gelatin and albumen photoprints (many of which are mounted) but also including printed postcards, newscuttings, cabinet photographs, Parisian panels, cartes-de-visite, printed envelopes and a letter card - Most of the mounts are damaged and brittle - 35 x 36 cm. or smaller
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Wilhelmina (Mina) Wylie, (1891-1984), and Fanny Durack were Australia's first two female Olympic swimming representatives. They competed in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912, where Durack won a gold medal and Wylie a silver. In 1911, 1922 and 1924 Wylie won every Australian and NSW swimming championship - freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. Wylie grew up in South Coogee, Sydney, where her father Henry Wylie built Wylie's baths in 1907. Henry Wylie was himself a champion long distance and underwater swimmer. Wylie's Baths are the oldest surviving communal sea baths in Australia
  • Scope and Content
    BOX 1
    1. Mina Wylie, Coogee, 1913
    2. Mina Wylie, Hamburg, 1910
    3-5. [Portraits of Mina Wylie]
    6. Mina Wylie, 1910
    7. Mina Wylie [L], Fanny Durack [C], Vera Thulin [L] [Swedish swimmer]
    8. [Swedish diver Willy Thulin, right, with an unidentified female competitor]
    9. Fanny Durack, Mina Wylie, Jenny Louise Fletcher (from Leicester UK) at Stockholm, 1912
    10. Fanny Durack [L], Mina Wylie [R]
    11-14. Individual female swimmers
    15. [Mina Wylie (R) and 3 female swimmers]
    16. [Start of a girl's swimming race, Mina Wylie with raised hand]
    17. [Older women and a girl about to dive into a pool]
    18. [7 female swimmers and possibly a female coach or chaperone, Mina Wylie 3rd from right, standing]
    19. [3 female swimmers]
    20. [Female swimmer]
    21. [2 female swimmers]
    22. [2 female swimmers]
    23. [3 female swimmers]
    24. [3 female swimmers]
    25. [2 female swimmers plus possibly coach, other women look on]
    26. [5 female swimmers plus possibly coach, Mina Wylie 2nd from left]
    27. [Group portrait of female swimmers and other women. Mina Wylie 3rd row, centre]
    28. [Kenneth] McArthur, who won the marathon race [Stockholm, 1912]
    29. [Mina Wylie with 2 other bathers, possibly family, on a rock platform]
    30. [Fanny Durack, Mina Wylie, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and others, probably at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu]
    31. Frank K Knox, 1913
    32-36. [Individual male swimmers, no.35 is probably Frank Beaurepaire]
    37. Ernst Brandsten
    38. [Group of male swimmers]
    39. [L to R: Harold Hardwick, William Longworth, male swimmer (either Leslie Boardman or NZ Malcolm Champion), Stockholm Olympics, 1912]
    40. [Male swimmer on starting block]
    41. Frank Beaurepaire, Frank Springfield
    42-45. Male cyclists
    46-52. Series of 6 pictorial post cards, Miss Annette Kellermann [and envelope]
    53-56. [Coogee Beach and Wylie's Baths]
    57,59. [Swimming baths]
    58. Brisbane Baths, Queensland, Swimming championship carnival. Fanny Durack, Mina Wylie [and others]
    60. [Stamped postcard of Stockholm to Mina Wylie], 27/8/12
    61-64. [Swimming baths], February 1910
    65. [Male swimmers about to race in rock pool, probably Wylie's Baths, as crowds look on]
    66-67. [Souvenir envelopes of] Wylie's Surf Bath, Coogee

    BOX 2
    Portraits of Mina Wylie as a child and adult, alone and with other family members, including Henry Wylie, also single and group portraits of family members, some in military uniform. Also holiday snaps and postcards of Australia and overseas, including many shots of the family on a cruise

    BOX 3
    Larger individual photos of Mina Wylie, athletes and family
    1. Mina Wylie
    2. [Group portrait of male athletes]
    3. [Rock pool, probably Wylie's Baths. Male swimmers about to race]
    4. [Female swimmers about to enter water as other girls look on]
    5-14. [Mina Wylie in family portrait groups, mostly female]
    15-16. [Individual family portraits]

    BOX 4
    1-11. [Large and small family and social group portraits including wedding and military photos]
    12. [Steamship with signatures, presumably of crew and passengers, on the surrounding mount]
    13. R.M.S. Morea [signatures, presumably of crew and passengers, on the surrounding mount]
    14. [Group portrait of passengers and orchestra of] R.M.S. Cathay
  • Source
    Presented July 1986 Pic.Acc.6703
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
  • General note

    Forms part of Mina Wylie Papers held at MLMSS 5078
    Many of the swimmers and family portraits are unidentified

    Reference:
    Australia's Olympic Century: all the Games in Pictures. Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 1998
    Australians at the Olympics: a definitive history / Gary Lester. Sydney: Lester-Townsend Publishing Pty. Ltd., 1984
    A century of Wylie's baths, Coogee: a cultural history / Eileen Slarke. Coogee, NSW: Wylies's Baths Turst Inc., 2001
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823832
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Some photos identified, signed or otherwise inscribed on reverse
    Many of the studio photos are embossed or printed with the studio/photographer's name and address. Studios represented are from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Belfast, London and Stockholm
    "Geo Hendry, Parisian Studio, Brisbane" -- stamped on reverse of some images
  • Attributions / conjectures

    No.39 idenitified from a photograph belonging to the National Library of Australia (nla.pic-an21171586)
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