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The 'invaluable art' of swimming in the River Derwent and Hobart's many swimming pools, 1803-1998


Mickleborough, LC, The 'invaluable art' of swimming in the River Derwent and Hobart's many swimming pools, 1803-1998, Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, 64, (1) pp. 56-74. ISSN 0039-9809 (2017) [Non Refereed Article]

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In the United Kingdom during the eighteenth century, swimming was popular in the sea, rivers, lakes and streams. For women who wished to swim, modesty ruled. Their bathing gown was a loose, ankle-length full-sleeved chemise-type gown made of wool or flannel. Men swam either nude - until 1860 when it was banned- or wore their underwear, but by the 1870s it was common for men to wear 'very short red and white striped drawers'. In the early nineteenth century, at which time Hobart Town's early residents enjoyed swimming, women usually wore a gown from shoulder to knees and trousers to the ankles, while the men's suit was a rather form-fitting woollen garment with long sleeves and legs similar to long underwear.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Van Diemen's Land, swimming, society
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Mickleborough, LC (Dr Leonie Mickleborough)
ID Code:120136
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Student Operations
Deposited On:2017-08-11
Last Modified:2017-08-22
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