Dennis, Clare (1916-1971)

Also known as
Dennis, Clara (1916-1971)
Golding, Clara (1916-1971)
Field of activity
Swimmer; Olympian; Commonwealth or Empire Games gold medalist
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-707077

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Clare Dennis dominated breast-stroke swimming from 1931 to 1935, becoming the first Australian woman to win a gold medal in the British Empire Games in 1934. An outstanding junior swimmer, she broke the world record at 15 years of age in the 220 yards breast-stroke, ensuring her selection in the team to represent Australia at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She was the youngest member of the team, but still came home with the gold medal in her event - the first female Olympic Champion since Fanny Durack in 1912 and the last Australian swimmer, male or female to win Olympic Gold until 1956. She was the youngest Australian to win Olympic Gold until Shane Gould in 1972. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

  • Gold Medalist at the Los Angeles Olympic Games - Swimming - 200m Backstroke
  • Gold Medalist at London Empire Games - Swimming - 200y Breaststroke

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Dennis, Clare
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Dennis, Clara (Clare) (1916-1971)
    Raszeja, V. M.
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  3. She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2007]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  4. The Oxford Companion to Australian Sport
    Vamplew, Vray; Moore, Katharine; O'Hara, John; Cashman, Richard; Jobling, Ian
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Oxford University Press

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  1. Swimmer Claire Dennis leaves for Empire Games 1934
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Swimmer Claire Dennis leaves for Empire Games 1934
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  2. Swimmer Claire Dennis leaves for 1934 Empire Games
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Swimmer Claire Dennis leaves for 1934 Empire Games
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  3. Clare Dennis on the steps before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Clare Dennis on the steps before  leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
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  4. Clare Dennis and other athletes on the steps [after a civic farewell ?] before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Clare Dennis and other athletes on the steps [after a civic farewell ?] before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
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  5. Clare Dennis and another athlete on the steps [after a civic farewell ?] before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
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  6. Clare Dennis and other athletes attend a civic farewell before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
    Hood, Sam, 1872-1953
    [ Photograph : 1934 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Clare Dennis and other athletes attend a civic farewell before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
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  7. Eileen Wearne - photographs and papers mainly concerning the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, ca. 1920-1947, ca. 1990-2002
    Wearne, Eileen, 1912-
    [ Photograph, Object : 2002 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Eileen Wearne - photographs and papers mainly concerning the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, ca. 1920-1947, ca. 1990-2002
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  8. John Douglas - Mt. Kosciuszko, 1930 ; Olympic Games, 1932 ; A.B.C. Rural Broadcasting, ca. 1940-1956
    Douglas, John
    [ Photograph : 1930-1956 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Clare, Dennis
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    Clare Dennis and other athletes on the steps [after a civic farewell ?] before leaving for the Empire games, Sydney Town Hall, 1934
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    [ Photograph, Object : 2002 ]
    Eileen Wearne - photographs and papers mainly concerning the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, ca. 1920-1947, ca. 1990-2002
  1. CLARE DENNIS
    Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW : 1914 - 1949) Monday 20 January 1936 p 6 Article
    ... CLARE DENNIS . t The world and Australian breast-' stroke swimming champion, Miss Clare Dennis, of ... . . At the Australian National. Games in Adelaide this month, Miss Dennis will stand at- the foot : of ... 138 words
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  2. CLARE DENNIS NOT FIT
    The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) Tuesday 5 May 1936 p 1 Article
    ... ILARE DENNIS NOT FIT I'lymnip V«CSclay,1 — A1 members of n of fj?mcs team, . with the cx-1 tlip r ... ®, c,are Dennis, have , ined'cai examination rcnuired IWwin 1 ,an D'yapie Federa-y Ul" for Berlin on ... 89 words
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  3. CLARE DENNIS HAS AMBITION
    The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954) Thursday 12 March 1936 p 30 Article
    ... CLARE DENNIS HAS AMBITION Ml) metres breaststroke in less than three minutes. This is the ambition ... of the world and Empire title holder, Clare Dennis, of Sydney, who hopes to be selected in the ... 152 words
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  1. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY National Memorials Ordinance 1928 DETERMINATION
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) Friday 15 May 1987 p 1

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    ... Nurses' Association of NSW. 1899; matron 14th Australian Genera! Hospital at Abbassia, Egypt 1916 ... -conscription Fellowship Campaign 1916, appointed vice-president, Women's Central Organizing Committee of Labour Party 1918 ... 12629 words
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  2. Government Gazette Tenders and Contracts
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Saturday 15 February 1890 [Issue No.86 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 1405

    Government Gazette Tenders And Contracts

    ... , Hatfield, Clare, and Ivan hoe, via Paika, Darling Block D, Til Til, and Kilfera Station; "With a branch ... mail to and from Clare and Manfred. Moama and Perricoota; and Perricoota, Womboota( Kdwards'), and ... 23798 words
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  3. NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of PHYLLIS CLARE DOWLING, late
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 11 March 1988 [Issue No.52] p 1633

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... CLARE DOWLING, late of Dee Why, in the State of New South Wales, who died on 1st November, 1987, must ... send particulars of his claim to the executors, Dennis Michael Staunton and Bruce Lochart Thompson ... 121 words
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  1. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 1998 ]
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  2. Clare Martin interviewed by Baiba Berzins
    Martin, Clare (Clare Majella), 1952-
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Clare Christian
    Christian, Clare
    [ Sound : 2004 ]
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  4. Creating an outback vista usings stencils : with Sue Dennis
    [ Video : 2017 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Harriet Clare : concert scare / [written by Louise Park ; illustrated by Marlene Monterrubio]
    Park, Louise, 1961-
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 25 libraries
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  2. Harriet Clare Christmas fair / [written by Louise Park ; illustrated by Marlene Monterrubio]
    Park, Louise, 1961-
    [ Book : 2016 ]
    At 14 libraries
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  3. Harriet Clare : Camp Bugbear! / written by Louise Park ; illustrated by Marlene Monterrubio
    Park, Louise, 1961-
    [ Book : 2015-2016 ]
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  4. Sophia St. Clare : a novel
    Dennis, Thomasine
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  1. Dennis Clare
    [ Unpublished : 1986 ]
    At Samuel Marsden Arch
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  2. Clare Dennis breaks her own Australian record
    [ Published : 1933 ]
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    At Maritime Museum
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  3. Herald article titled 'Champion's methods, technique of Clare Dennis' with photograps of Clare Dennis swimming breast stroke
    [ Published : 1930 ]
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    At Maritime Museum
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  1. Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plan
    Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
    [ Map : 1908-1937 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works detail plan
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  1. C. J. Dennis poetry
    C. J. Dennis poetry
    Created by Perry.Middlemiss, 319 items.

    A list to catalogue poems by C. J. Dennis.

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  2. Dennis Gearin
    Dennis Gearin
    Created by kim.barbera, 82 items.

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  3. Krystyna Skarbek
    Krystyna Skarbek
    Created by kk600, 12 items.

    Question: Using Krystyna Skarbek as an example, how did the portrayal of women in media during the early to mid twentieth century affect how they were regarded in society?This archival colle...

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  1. Dennis K. Smith in profile.(Documentary)
    Nelson, Anitra; Addie, Brenda
    Metro Magazine
    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  2. Dennis the menace shows doubters he's not just a 'trackie'.(Sport)
    The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  3. Berthold, Dennis. American Risorgimento: Herman Melville and the cultural politics of Italy.(Brief article)(Book review)
    Coghill, J
    CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
    [ Article : 2010 ]
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  4. Health inequalities in developed nations: [Paper in themed section: Population Health in the 21st Century. Bryant, Toba and Raphael, Dennis (eds).]
    Bambra, Clare; Joyce, Kerry
    Social Alternatives
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