Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Coogee, Mina Wylie sculpture

This sculpture of Mina Wylie is located at the entrance of Wylie's Baths, a tidal pool at the south end of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Wilhelmina (Mina) Wylie was a silver medallist at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden where women's swimming events were held for the first time. A resident of Coogee, she was taught to swim by her father Henry Wylie, who built Wylie's Baths in 1907. This life-sized bronze monument on the cliff looking out onto the Pacific Ocean was designed by Eileen Slarke in 2001, based on a photograph of Mina at the Olympic Games.


  1. My grandfather was at the Stockholm Games back then. He was very young, ten years old and he was there with hid dad. Not sure what events they were watching.

  2. A powerful figure by the sea. Beautiful connection with past sporting achievements.

  3. OZ seems vibrant with ART!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

    =^..^= <3

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    1. Yes, I thought it was really interesting how this one has the same image on three sides, like that.

  5. An inspirational sculpture in the most appropriate of places.

  6. A wonderful statue of a past sports hero! Have a happy day!

  7. Great post....I enjoyed reading the background of the history and the Olympic training at the Baths.


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