de la Hunty, Shirley Barbara, (AO, MBE) (1925-2004)

Also known as
de la Hunty, Shirley Barbara (1925-2004)
Strickland, Shirley (1925-2004)
Field of activity
Athletics Coach; Teacher; Lecturer; Olympian; Track And Field Athlete; Commonwealth or Empire Games gold medalist; Conservationist; Educator
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-707080

Biographies

Champion sprinter and hurdler, Shirley Strickland (as she was then known), became the first Australian female to win an Olympic medal in a track and field event at the London Olympic Games in 1948. Shirley de la Hunty was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on 26 January 2001 for service to the community, particularly in the areas of conservation, the environment and local government, and to athletics as an athlete, coach and administrator. She had been appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) (MBE) for services to athletics on 1 January 1957.

Shirley Strickland studied nuclear physics, completed an honours degree and became a science teacher. In 1948 she won the Australian sprint and hurdles titles. Later that year she represented Australia at the London Olympic Games and became the first Australian female athlete to win a track and field medal. The champion sprinter and hurdler took part in three Olympic Games (1948, 1952 and 1956) and was the winner of three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. She also set world records and won three gold medals and two silver medals at Empire (later Commonwealth) Games.

In 1950 Shirley Strickland married Lawrence Edmund de la Hunty and they had four children. In 1960 she was selected for the Rome Olympics but did not compete due to her third pregnancy.

After retiring as a competitor Shirley de la Hunty continued teaching at various Perth high schools and later became a university lecturer. She maintained her interest in sport by coaching athletes including Raelene Boyle, and was involved in athletics administration as manageress of the Australian women's team at the Mexico (1968) and Montreal (1976) Olympics.

Besides sport Shirley de la Hunty is interested in nature and conservation issues. She has featured on 'This is Your Life' and 'Australian Story'. A recipient of the Helm award (now World Trophy) and the Queen's medal, in 1995 she was elected to the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

A Fellow of Edith Cowan University, Shirley de la Hunty won the Advance Australia Award in 1987. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Shirley de la Hunty was an Olympic Torchbearer along with Raelene Boyle, Betty Cuthbert, Dawn Fraser and Cathy Freeman.

80 metre hurdles

4 x 100 metre relay - silver medal 100 metre sprint - bronze medal 80 metre hurdles - bronze medal

80 metre hurdles 440 yards sprint

80 metre hurdles - gold medal 4 x 440 yards relay - gold medal 4 x 660 yards relay - gold medal 100 yards sprint - silver medal

80 metre hurdles 440 yards sprint

80 metre hurdles - gold medal 100 metre sprint - bronze medal

100 metre sprint - gold medal 80 metres hurdles - gold medal 200 metre sprint - bronze medal

440 yards sprint

80 metre hurdles - gold medal 4 x 100 metre relay - gold medal

4 x 110 yards relay

4 x 110 yards relay

  • Silver Medalist at the London Olympic Games - Athletics - 4 x 100m relay
  • Bronze Medalist at the London Olympic Games - Athletics - 80m Hurdles and 100m sprint
  • Gold Medalist at Auckland Empire Games - Athletics - 80m Hurdles; 440y Medley Relay; 660y Medley Relay
  • Gold Medalist at the Helsinki Olympic Games - Athletics - 80m Hurdles
  • Bronze Medalist at the Helsinki Olympic Games - Athletics - 100m sprint
  • Gold Medalist at the Melbourne Olympic Games - Athletics - 80m Hurdles and 4 x 100m Relay
  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Shirley de la Hunty was formerly a Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and was made a Fellow of the University. As a champion sprinter and hurdler she took part in the Olympic Games in 1948, 1952 and 1956, winning a total of three gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals.

  • Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • Award - Advance Australia Award received
  • Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Related people and organisations

Australian Women's Register

Resources for Shirley Barbara de la Hunty

Selected resources (19)

Australian Women's Register

  1. de la Hunty, Shirley Barbara
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  3. Interview with Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
    Hughes, Robin
    [2006]
    Published: Film Australia
    Series: IspartOf Australian Biography OnlineEsther Multimedia and Film Australia
  4. Outstanding Women in Australia: Women in Sport
    Rolton, Gloria
    [South Melbourne (Vic.)]
    Published: Macmillan Education Australia
  5. Enigma who lit the way for others
    Reed, Ron
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf Herald Sun
  6. Champion runs her race
    Oakley, Vivienne and Collier, Karen
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf Herald Sun
  7. Strickland the first lady of Australian aths
    Johnson, Len
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf The Age
  8. Shirley Strickland, legend of the track, dies
    Dowling, Jason and Evans, Chris
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf The Age
  9. Australia at the Games
    Australian Olympic Committee
    [2006]
    Published: Australian Olympic Committee
  10. She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2007]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  11. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  12. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  13. Reflections : profiles of 150 women who helped make Western Australia's history; Project of the Womens Committee for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Western Australia
    Popham, Daphne; Stokes, K.A.; Lewis, Julie
    [Perth, Melbourne [etc.]:]
    Published: Carrolls
  14. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  15. Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Australia
    Arnold, John and Morris, Deirdre
    [Port Melbourne (Vic.)]
    Published: Reed Reference Publishing

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. de la Hunty, Shirley Barbara
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  3. de la Hunty, Shirley Barbara (1925- ), Biographical Entry
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women, 2003
    Series: Australian Women's Archives Project
  4. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

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