Celebrations, Petersham, Stanmore

Fanny Durack

Fanny Durack at Stockholm Olympics 1921.

Congratulations to Marrickville Council for marking the centenary of Fanny Durack’s historic 1912 Stockholm Olympic swim (which made her the first woman to win a swimming gold medal at any Olympics) at Petersham Park near the Fanny Durack Pool on Sunday 15 July.

Fanny Durack Medal
Olympic gold medal won by Miss Fanny Durack 
at Stockholm 1912 
Gold; diameter 3.3cm
Pictures Collection Trove National Library of Australia

Both MHS and the Cooks River Valley Association had stalls whilst children took part in ’heritage’ races and a sausage sizzle was provided. Display boards and speeches further honoured Fanny who spent the last 30 years or so of her life living in Stanmore. A celebratory ‘gold medal’ was given out, the bonus being able to eat the chocolate inside.

Contrary to the claim of real estate reporter Jonathan Chancellor (Title Deeds Domain, SMH 18/9/04, p. 3H) and cited in the October 2004 and the last newsletter) Fanny’s family never lived in Marrickville.

Another Durack family, possibly related, lived at 5 Esk Street.

[ARTICLE TAKEN FROM MHS NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2012 (Richard Blair Editor)
* Members of the MHS receive monthly newsletters as part of their subscription.]

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