Photograph of Beatrice Kerr in her Australian swimsuit

c 1910

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

Beatrice Maude Kerr (like rival Annette Kellerman and contemporaries Fanny Durack 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 Durack and Mina Wylie, she was highly regarded as a swimmer and entertainer and inspired many young women to take to the water.


  • Title: Photograph of Beatrice Kerr in her Australian swimsuit
  • Date: c 1910
  • 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, scrapbooks, publications, news clippings and photographs.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Photograph on board
  • Dimensions: 166 x 108 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by the Williams family, descendants of Beatrice Kerr

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