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Mina Wylie, Coogee, 1913

Wilhelmina (Mina) Wylie, (1891-1984), and Fanny Durack were Australia's first two female Olympic swimming representatives. They competed in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912, where Durack won a gold medal and Wylie a silver. In 1911, 1922 and 1924 Wylie won every Australian and NSW swimming championship - freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.

Wylie grew up in South Coogee, Sydney, where her father Henry Wylie built Wylie's Baths in 1907. Henry Wylie was himself a champion long distance and underwater swimmer. Wylie's Baths are the oldest surviving communal sea baths in Australia.

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