Australia has always been proud of its swimming champions. However, in this clip of highlights from the 1938 Empire Games it is Canadian Bob Pirie who takes the gold in the men's 110 yards freestyle from Australians Terry Collard and William Fleming.
In the women's 110 yards, Western Australian Evelyn de Lacy wins from compatriot Dorothy Green with Canadian Dorothy Lyon third.
The swimming events were held at the outdoor North Sydney Olympic Pool in Milsons Point, between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park, which had opened in 1936.
Margaret Whitlam (1916-2014), wife of future Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, competed in these British Empire Games, finishing 6th in the final of the 220 yards breaststroke.