A wealthy bachelor who provided many recreational facilities in Bermagui and contributed substantially to the development of Bermagui’s Blue Pool. The headland and park at Bermagui are named in his honour.
Evelyn de Lacy swam for Australia at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. At the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney, she won the Gold medal in the 110 yards freestyle event.
Growing up in Western Australia, she had learned to swim in pools in the Swan River.
As Evelyn Whillier, she was an active member of the Bronte Breakers and Bronte Amateur Ladies Swimming Club and a daily early morning swimmer at the Bronte pool. She coached and gave swimming lessons at the Bronte Baths, teaching two generations of locals to swim. Evelyn died in 2004 and is honoured with a roundel in the Bronte Heroes Walk constructed by Waverley Council.
Bev Whitfield grew up in Shellharbour, but moved north to Sydney and later across the Pacific to the USA to pursue her swimming career.
She swam for Australia at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where she won gold medals in the 100 metres breaststroke, the 200 metres breaststroke and the medley relay. At the 1972 Munich Olympics, she won a gold medal in the 200 metres breaststroke event.
She died in 1996 and is commemorated by the ocean baths at Shellharbour named in her honour in 1994 and scholarships awarded by Shellharbour Council.
Wikipedia entry for Beverley Whitfield