Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Swimming Carnivals

Today I'm heading for Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, SOPAC, to watch a Grandson represent his district in a swimming carnival.

I wondered if swimming carnivals were held in New South Wales 1916, if they were common place and where they were held. Trove, of course, came up trumps.

A carnival in Wagga Wagga was held at Viaduct beach on Murrumbidgee River. Tha carnival at Gundagai was also held in the Murrumbidgee River (1916 'SWIMMING CARNIVAL', The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), 18 February, p. 4. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123527856).

1916 'SWIMMING CARNIVAL.', Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 - 1954), 16 February, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article141885335
In Bathurst there was a High School Carnival at the Bath.
1916 'Swimming Carnival.', National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 - 1954), 11 March, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158047948
In Grafton the High School held its carnival in the Grafton Baths (1916 'SWIMMING CARNIVAL.', Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1915 - 1954), 1 March, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article194988097). 

The Surf Swimming Carnival in Newcastle was held in the Ocean Baths (1916 'SWIMMING CARNIVAL.', Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), 1 March, p. 2. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167266726).

I was fascinated at some of the events in the Parramatta High School Carnival at the Centennial Baths. I must find out about Chasing the duck and Chase the Bellman.

1916 'HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL', The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), 8 April, p. 6. , viewed 21 Mar 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86079236
A number of things surprised me. There were carnivals in many rural regions quite a few of which had baths, schools were hosting carnivals way back then and the Carnival proceeds were distributed to charities. 

Trove has enlightenend me again. 

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