Who was the first female to win an Olympic Gold Medal for Australia?

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Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack was Australia’s first female Olympic gold medallist, winning swimming’s 100m freestyle at the Stockholm Games in 1912.

The Stockholm Games was also the first-time women were able to compete in an Olympic swimming competition. Fellow Australian swimmer Wilhelmina (Mina) Wylie placed second in this event. 

At one point in her career, Fanny was the world's greatest female swimmer across all distances, from freestyle sprints to the mile marathon. 

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Portrait of Fanny Durack sitting on a rock at a beach
Exchange Studios, Portrait of Fanny Durack, 1912, nla.obj-140681122