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Robert Windle Plaque : April 2014
Robert Windle Plaque : April 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A fountain, erected in 1964, commemorates the gold medal win in the 1500 metres at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 by Robert Windle a resident of Bexley North. The fountain no longer exists but the original plaque remains.  It appears the fountain may have been removed when the site was developed in 1995 to honour the achievements of Rockdale Olympians.

Robert Windle is a former Australian freestyle swimmer of the 1960s, who won four Olympic medals, including an individual gold medal. Windle won the 1500 m freestyle and took bronze in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and silver and bronze in the 4 × 200 m and 4 × 100 m freestyle relays respectively at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Known for his versatility, he is the only male swimmer to represent Australia at the Olympics in all freestyle distances from 100 m to 1500 m. During his career, Windle set six world records and won six Commonwealth Games gold medals. 

Location

Address:Slade & Bexley Roads, Nairn Gardens, Bexley North, 2207
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.938357
Long: 151.114372
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Sport
Monument Designer:Ted Deitsch

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th December, 1964
Front Inscription

(Plaque)
ROCKDALE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
         THIS FOUNTAIN
WAS PLACED IN OPERATION BY
     MR.ROBERT WINDLE
       ON SAT 12TH DEC 1964
IN COMMEMORATION OF HIS 1500 METRES
SWIMMING GOLD MEDAL WIN IN THE
1964 OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO

E. W. Town        Ald C.C.W.Nairn
Town Clerk        Mayor

 

(Small Plaque)
THIS SITE WAS REDEVELOPED IN MARCH 1995
TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ACHIEVEMENTS
OF ROCKDALE`S OLYMPIANS


 

 

 

 

Source: NRUM, MA
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