Photograph of Beatrice Kerr diving from a platform

1905 – 1911

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This black and white photograph shows Beatrice Kerr diving from a platform attached to a pier.

Beatrice Maude Kerr (like rival Annette Kellerman and contemporaries Fanny Durak and Mina Wylie) was an exemplar of the fit modern woman in the early 1900s at a time when physical culture movement was just being established. Kerr had a fastest swimming time of 1 minute 21.4 seconds for the 100 yds (91.4 m) and 27.5 minutes for the mile (1.6 km). Although Kerr did not hold world records or swim at the Olympics like Fanny Durak and Mina Wylie she was highly regarded as a swimmer and entertainer and inspired many young women to take to the water.

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  • Title: Photograph of Beatrice Kerr diving from a platform
  • Date: 1905 – 1911
  • Type: Photograph
  • Significance: This collection documents the professional swimming and vaudeville career of Australian champion swimmer and diver Beatrice Maude Kerr in Australia and Britain between 1905 and 1911. It includes vaudeville posters, theatrical contracts, correspondence, postcards, scrap books, publications, news clippings and photographs.
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  • Medium: Paper
  • Dimensions: 203 x 177 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by the Williams family, descendants of Beatrice Kerr