Australasian Gazette: Mermaids Swim Well

Title:
Australasian Gazette: Mermaids Swim Well
NFSA ID:
45542
Year:
1931
Courtesy:
Australasian Gazette
Category:
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This Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1931 shows highlights of the Bondi Ladies’ Annual Carnival at the local Bondi baths, at the south end of Bondi Beach. Edna Davey is shown well in front in the mile championship. The Bondi Club wins the relay, the start of the 100 yards Intermediate State Title Race is shown and Jean Cocks is featured as the winner of the Australian and State Title Races for that season. The clip ends with a close-up of Jean Cocks.

This newsreel brings to life the colourful history of the Bondi baths. Located at the south end of Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world, these baths have become a local icon, attracting swimmers all year round (including winter!) These swimmers have become known as the Bondi Icebergs.

As this Australasian Gazette newsreel is silent, intertitles are used to provide facts about each event.