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Digital Photograph - Boy Performing Swallow Dive, Middle Brighton Baths, 1954 Image Reg. No: MM 110112

Description Of Content:
John McSweeney performing the 'swallow dive' (now known as 'forward straight') into saltwater sea baths, 1954.

This photograph was taken at the Middle Brighton Baths behind the 3 metre board, which doesn't exist anymore. It was where John McSweeney was taught to dive. He then went on to win three diving medals, the 'under 14, 'under 15', 'under 16', in 1954 - 1956. John was practicing for the Victorian Diving titles. The Middle Brighton Baths are enclosed from the Bay, and the picture shows the boardwalk that enclosed the baths, over 150 m long and 50m wide, in the background. It also shows the springboard that launched John into the air. It had Hessian matting to make sure divers didn't slip. Depending on the tide, the depth of the water could be 3.5 metres deep (10 feet). In the 1950's, there were no baths or pools inland. Kids would come to Middle Brighton Baths on the bus and queue for a long time in order to swim there. Middle Brighton swimmers and divers would compete with Brighton and other clubs along the Bay on Sundays. Once a year there would be a competition with the swimmers at Brighton Beach, for the 'Ham Cup'.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr John McSweeney, 2006
Contributed by Mr John McSweeney
Discipline: History

More information

Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Diving
Tertiary Classification: practice
Inscriptions: J. McSweeney swallow
People Depicted: McSweeney, John
Organisations Depicted: Middle Brighton Baths
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Middle Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 1954
Photographer: Unknown

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