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17-November-2014
17-November-2014

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The Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool is named in honour of Dawn Fraser whose career was established in this pool.

Dawn Fraser AO, MBE (born 4 September 1937) is an Australian champion swimmer and former politician. She is one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic event three times – in her case the 100 metres freestyle. Fraser was born in the Sydney suburb of Balmain in 1937 into a working-class family. She was spotted at the early age of 14 by Sydney coach Harry Gallagher swimming at the local sea baths.

Within Australia, during her swimming career she was often known for her controversial behaviour and larrikin character as much as for her athletic ability. She 'outgrew' that reputation as evidenced by the many honours she has received since her competitive swimming career ended.

Location

Address:Fitzroy Avenue, Elkington Park , Balmain, 2041
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.853875
Long: 151.173182
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 1st December, 1964
Front Inscription

Council Of The Municpality Of Leichhardt
DAWN FRASER SWIMMING POOL

This Pool Is Named In Honour Of
DAWN FRASER 

Whose Swimming Career Was Established In These Waters
THRICE WINNER OF OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS
                           1956    1960    1964

First Woman To Swim 100 Metres Under One Minute
Acclaimed World`s Outstanding Woman Athlete - 1964.

Ist. December 1964.   
Ald. Mrs. A. R. Cashman Mayor.

Source: MA
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