Andrew Murray (Boy) Charlton

Andrew Murray Charlton (12 August 1907 – 10 December 1975), known popularly as Boy Charlton, was an Australian freestyle swimmer of the 1920s and 1930s who won a gold medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Andrew Charlton set five world records and also won a further three silver and one bronze medal in his Olympic career.


Early life

Charlton was born in Crows Nest, Sydney, as the only son of Oswald and Ada Charlton. The accounts of his early life vary: the Australian Dictionary of Biography states that his father was a bank manager, while other sources suggest that he was raised in low socio-economic conditions and relied on benefactors to support his career. He was raised in the northern seaside suburb of Manly and was educated at Manly Public School and later Sydney Grammar School. Charlton was a member of North Steyne Surf Life Saving club in his teens, before transferring to Manly Life Saving Club in the mid-1920s.


Charlton retired from swimming upon his arrival in Australia, and in 1934 he opened a pharmacy business in Canberra. In 1936 he returned to the land, raising sheep near Tarago, New South Wales. He married on 20 March 1937 and settled on a 12,000-acre (49 km2) property near Goulburn, where he had a son and daughter. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honour Swimmer” in 1972. There are two swimming pools in Sydney that have been named after Charlton; Sydney Domain Baths were renamed in his honour and the swim centre in Manly was also renamed the Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool.

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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week


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New Australia photography

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I added a bunch of photos to my Australia folder in the Photography section. (link)

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Bluff Rock Nature Trail

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Picnic at Kangas Rock

Date: 17 December 2011
Region: Albany, Western Australia
Admin:City Of Albany
Type: Nature reserve
Trail Length: 1.19 km
Trailhead: cnr Beresford St & Collingwood Rd, Mira Mar, WA
Access: 3.2km by car from Town Centre

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Despite its prominence as a landmark, Kangas Rock remains eerily quiet.

The least famous of Albany’s four City Mounts, the rock sits in the middle of suburbia and its surrounding reserve is well-hidden.

A mix of granite outcrop high ground with a rare gem of relatively forested lowland, this reserve is a brilliant example of what has been described as the city’s “close proximity to and integration with” nature (CoA, 2004).

The surrounding trail is very short and totally unmarked, but the spot itself boasts 360° views of Albany and holds a remarkable sense of wisdom. You’ll rarely see it in brochures…

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Tasmania releases plans for eco-tourism

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Aiming to compete with Australian eco tourism efforts from Queensland, Tasmania’s State Government has released plans to relaunch the region as a eco-friendly based tourism destination.

Working with Melbourne, Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference convener Tony Charters explained the two states would team up to build tourism to southern Australia.

“Going on current form, that will pair Melbourne as the lead tourism city with Tasmania as the heartland of ecotourism, making southern Australia a formidable destination,” Mr Charters said.

Mr Charters said the benefit of building an eco destination had fallen short with many Governments down under while locations in Asia are “running at 100mph” with the sector.

He explained that while establishing the state as an eco-destination, the long term benefits would more than cover the efforts.

“Ecotourism is not a ‘quick fix’ option for governments to plug the holes after a resource boom, for example,” Mr Charters…

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