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26-September-2020
26-September-2020

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The sculpture commemorates the life of Kathleen (Kitty) Whyte and her contribution to the local community. Kathleen was a local swimming teacher who died in a shark attack in 1920.

Kathleen Duncan Campbell Whyte (“Kitty”) MacCully was the daughter of Reverend Alexander MacCully , the Rector of St Jude’s in Brighton. She was the wife of Ernest Primrose (known as “Prim”) Whyte, the manager of Wirraminna Station north of Port Augusta, when she died on the 18th March 1926 aged 35.

Before her marriage, Kitty had regularly taught the children of Brighton to swim, being an adept swimmer who won the Grand Diploma of the Royal Life Saving Society in 1919. In that year she was officially thanked for having saved Miss Sybil Davies from drowning. Whilst on holiday in Brighton in 1926 she took her usual class of children and afterwards returned for a swim herself. She dived off the springboard, screamed suddenly throwing up her arms, and was dragged under the surface. A twelve foot long black shark had attacked and badly mutilated her. She died before reaching the hospital.

 

 

Location

Address:Esplanade, Brighton Jetty, Brighton, 5048
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.017694
Long: 138.514548
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Approx. Event Start Date:1920
Approx. Event End Date:1920
Artist:Gerry McMahon

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2011
Front Inscription

Plaque :
           
City of 
       Holdfast Bay

KATHLEEN (KITTY) WHYTE
      SCULPTOR
GERRY McMAHON

This sculpture commemorates the life of Kitty Whyte.
It acknowledges the contribution she made to the
community and her love and passion for the sea.
Kitty Whyte (nee Macully) was an accomplished
swimmer who was awarded the Grand Diploma of the
Royal Life Saving Society in 1919 when she saved a
     woman who was drowning.
Kitty had a commitment to educating children
on general water safety and spent time teaching
the local children of Brighton to swim.
At the conclusion of one of her classes in 1920
Mrs Whyte dived from the Brighton Jetty
and was fatally attacked by a shark.

PURCHASED BY THE CITY OF HOLDFAST BAY 2011 

Source: MA
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