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Australasian Gazette – Mermaids Swim Well (c.1931)


This Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1931 shows highlights of the Bondi Ladies’ Annual Carnival at the local Bondi Baths, now known as the Bondi Icebergs. Edna Davey is shown well in front in the mile championship; the Bondi Club wins the relay; the 100 yards Intermediate State Title Race begins; 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.

Curator’s notes

Newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Issued on a weekly basis, the newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events.