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A champion swimmer

A champion swimmer

In 1892 H. J. (Birt) Bailey of Auckland was New Zealand's champion swimmer. The previous year he had won three out of four national swimming titles. He is depicted here wearing medals he won in 1892 for the 100 yards, half-mile, 50 yards and 150-yard handicap, along with his 1891 medal for the 220 yards.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Observer, 19 March 1892, p. 16

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John McBeth, 'Swimming - Local competition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40208/a-champion-swimmer (accessed 25 November 2020)

Story by John McBeth, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015