July 21 - 27, 2024: Issue 631


Mona Vale SLSC's Frederick Claude Vivian Lane - gold medal olympian at paris 1900 games: A Few Insights Into A Local Legend

Five legends of the pool became the first to be celebrated as part of the new Swimming Australia Hall of Fame, with the inaugural inductees unveiled at Swimming Australia Awards, held on Sunday August 28, 2022.

Fred Lane (Dolphin #1), Fanny Durack (Dolphin #9), Dawn Fraser (Dolphin #86), Shane Gould (Dolphin #214) and Ian Thorpe (Dolphin #494) comprise the first class of inductees, with the group both spanning and highlighting some of the most significant generations of Australian swimming.

In a clear indication of the elite calibre of the inaugural class, the five Australian swimming luminaries were chosen from the 1,163 athletes to have worn the Gold Cap across the Dolphins history. Swimming Australia CEO, Eugénie Buckley, said it was a profoundly proud moment for the sport of swimming in Australia.

“The Australian Dolphins have a legacy of more than 120 years as our country’s most admired team and these five athletes represent the very essence of what it has meant to swim for Australia,” Ms Buckley said.

“Whether it is their immense achievements in the pool, or the tremendous pioneering spirit each has displayed to leave the sport in a better place than which they found it, all five athletes have left a mark on swimming that will inspire multiple generations, as is clearly the case with Fred and Fanny.”

“While there will be many worthy of elevation to this new Hall of Fame in the coming years, there are none more deserving to be first through the door than these five and we are incredibly proud to unveil them as our inaugural inductees.”

The Swimming Australia Hall of Fame has been established to both recognise and celebrate those who have left an indelible mark on the sport at the international level.

The first named inductee, Frederick Claude Vivian Lane, is synonymous with Mona Vale SLSC.

Swimming Australia Hall of Fame – 2022 inductee Fred Lane – Australian Dolphin #1
After winning multiple All-Schools’ Championships in the early 1890s, Fred Lane joined the East Sydney Amateur Swimming Club in 1895 and soon rose to be the world’s top amateur swimmer at the turn of 20th century. 

Sponsored by businessman and sportsman Mark Foy, Lane moved to England in the summer of 1899 and settled in Blackpool, working as a clerk at a legal firm. Joining Blackpool Swimming Club, he won the British Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) 220 yds and quarter-mile salt water titles in 1899, 220 yds title in 1900, and 100 yds and 220 yds titles in 1902. 

Lane competed as one of only three Australians at the 1900 Olympics, where he won gold medals in 200m freestyle and 200m obstacle course events. 

While winning the ASA 100 yds title in 1902, Lane became the first man to swim 100 yds in one-minute flat and, while winning the 1902 220 yds title, Lane clocked 2:28.6, which in 1974 was ratified by FINA as the first world record for 200 metres. 

In October 1902, Lane also became the first man to swim 100 yds in less than a minute by clocking 59.6 at Leicester Baths. Lane retired from swimming in Europe at the end of 1902 and returned to Australia.

In 1922 the second edition of Mona Vale SLSC was formed, with the first Club president being Australia’s first Olympic Gold Medallist in the pool, Freddie Lane, who called everyone together with: 


A meeting is to be held this afternoon at Mr. F. C. V. Lane's residence, Oceania, Mona Vale, with the object, of forming a local surf life-saving and swimming club. All interested are cordially invited to attend. NEW CLUB FOR MONA VALE. (1922, October 8- Sunday). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128222438 

Warringah Shire Council records provide:

Surf Bathing Association, 1/8/22 respecting proposed formation of surf-life saving club at Mona Vale, and suggesting that Council call a public meeting for the purpose; Resolved., - (Crs. Quirk,Hewitt) They be informed the Shire will call a public meeting for the Sunday immediately preceding 8-hour day, to be held in the afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence of Mr. Fred Lane, and that, at the meeting, the question of enlarging the rock-bath will also be discussed.

Frederick Claude Vivian Lane (February 2nd 1880; some sources state his birth was in 1879 – May 14th 1969) was born to John Stoneman Lane and Margaret nee Frederick. His fathers' father was a Ship Chandler, as was his father:

Keeping Out the Russians Death of Mr. J. S. Lane

Mr. John Stoneman Lane died this morning at his residence, 151 Victoria-street, North Darlinghurst. Mr. Lane was the oldest ship chandler in New South Wales, and had his warehouse in the early forties at the Circular Quay on the banks of the Pitt-street canal. He lived in those days in what is known now as Reiby-lane, off Pitt-street, which at that time was a residential quarter, and he was taught by his father, Captain Lane, to swim in the creek, known as the tank stream, which extended from Circular Quay to the G.P.O., with a bridge over Bridge-street, where Gibbs, Bright's office is now situated. He played cricket as a boy where the Royal Exchange stands to-day. In those days Circular Quay was merely a timber yard, and the wool clippers loaded on the eastern side from planks, as wharves were unknown. 

Mr. Lane owned the schooner Zephyr and John S. Lane, in conjunction with his brother. Also the steamer Jenny Lind and Cygnet and the whaler brig Phylis. The Cygnet ran to Manly as a ferry boat In opposition to the Manly Ferry Company, and the Manly Ferry Company's shares at this time could be bought at one shilling per share, but with a liability of 30s. 

Mr. Lane often related a humorous story just when the cables came into existence, and typewriters were not in use. The cables that came through were made out in handwriting. A cable came from England for the skipper to proceed to Newcastle and load coal for 'Frisco. After the skip-per had read the cablegram he remarked: "These Instructions are good enough for me because I recognise the boss's handwriting and signature."

About this time the Russian scare was on, and all Australia was alarmed that she was going to be captured by the Russians. As a defence for Sydney Harbor the British Admiralty sent out sailing ships laden with wire rope, which was Intended to be thrown across from Watson's Bay to Middle Head with the object of. having the Russian fleet entangled in the wire rope, and then leave the guns at the Heads to destroy the Russian fleet; But the wire rope was never used for this purpose. It was put to better advantage for the rigging of sailing vessels. This rope was eventually auctioned by the Government and purchased by Mr. Lane. 

Deceased leaves three sons and four daughters:— O.G.S. Lane (Lane and Dawson, Ltd.), F.C.V. Lane (Smith and Lane), H.G. Lane, Mrs. Muriel Youngs, Mrs. Percy Sheridan, Mrs. Peter McWilliams, and Mrs. Nicol. The funeral will leave his late residence at 11 a.m. to-morrow for South Head Cemetery. IN DAYS OF OLD (1923, March 6). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 7 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223465167 

He was four years old when his brother saved him from drowning in Sydney Harbour, whereupon he decided to learn to swim and became extremely good at winning. In the biography written by the Sport Austraia Hall of Fame when inducted there it is stated:

'Freddie Lane was an amateur in the oldest tradition. He devoted himself full time to sport because he could afford to do so. His benefactor was his father, a successful businessman. Lane made several private trips to Britain for the English titles, which at the turn of the century had the status of world championships.

Freddie was one of eight children, who lived on the water’s edge at Miller’s Point, Sydney. He competed at the time when the sport of swimming was undergoing fundamental changes, all aimed at yielding greater speed. Lane was a natural in the water and at the age of eight, won his school’s 100yds event. Later, at Sydney Grammar he quickly rewrote the entire record book, winning all six events in one carnival. At 18, he won the New South Wales 220yds title against a talented field, including Percy Cavill. A year later he became the Australasian 100yds champion with a swim of 67.7 seconds in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He dominated the 1898/99 season in NSW, winning all but one of the state freestyle titles. In the pre-crawl era, Lane swam a double overarm similar to the trudgen, but with a narrower kick. It was considered a good sprint stroke but much too strenuous for distance until Lane won the NSW mile title with both arms over the water for the entire distance. This was in 1899 at Wagga Wagga in the Murrumbidgee River, and the following month set a national 440yds record. But Englishmen kept the swim records of that day and Lane’s incredible performances, like those of Barney Kieran, who followed him, were suspect unless swum in England or at least in Europe. Lane was shipped off to England to prove a point and almost immediately he set a world record of 2:34.8 for the 220yds.

His technique was to sprint about eight metres before each turn to gain an advantage with his speedy pivot turn.'

The papers of then recorded:


Fred C. V. Lane, the youthful 220yds champion, is a native of Miller's Point, Sydney. His height is 5ft 4in, and his weight (stripped) only 7st 13lb. His racing career extends over nearly five years, and his best performances are as follow: 1892 Won All Schools' Handicap, from 8sec, at Balmain Club's carnival; won 100 Yards Club Handicap, at the F.S.S.S.C. carnival, off 8sec. LSOS-^Won All Schools' Handicap, from 10sec, at Darlinghurst Harriers' carnival; won 100 Yards Club Handicap from IOsec at the F.S.S.S.C. carnival, and finished second in the School .Championship. 1894-Won All Schools' Handicap from scratch at North Shore S.C. carnival in March; won 66 Yards Handicap (boys under 15) from scratch at the F.S.S.S. Club's third annual carnival;, won 100 Yards Championship of St. Ignatius College. 1895-Won 100 Yards Championship of North Shore. 1896-Won East Sydney Club's Members' Handicap off 8sec at Farmer's Baths; second in 100 Yards Inter-club Handicap from 3sec at the Enterprise Club's carnival; won heat in 100 Yards Inter-club Handicap from 3sec at the Eastern Suburbs' carnival; at the Sydney Grammar School gala In December last won the 100 Yards School Championship, the 100,Yards All Schools' Championship, and the 200 Yards School Boys' Handicap from scratch. 1897-Won the 220 Yards Championship of New South Wales at Farmer's Baths, January 16; was a member of the winning team (East Sydney) in an inter-club team race at the Parramatta Club's carnival; won heat and swam third from scratch in final of 92 Yards East Sydney Club Members' Race; third In 100 Yards Championship of New South Wales at Palace Emporium Club's carnival, timed to do 1min 7sec. Early this month, swimming in the preliminary round of two 100yd inter-club handicaps, he was timed to do 1 min 4sec and 1min 4 4-5sec respectively. Lane is a Sydney Grammar School boy, and was 18 years of age this month. FRED C. V. LANE. (1897, February 27). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1919), p. 39. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71290301

After breaking many Australasian swimming records, Lane moved to England to compete in the English Championships in 1899.

He was the first Australian to represent his country in swimming at the Olympic Games, when he competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, and won two gold medals as a 20 year old. He first won the 200 metres freestyle, clearly beating Hungarian Zoltán Halmay. His second final was just 45 minutes later, the discontinued 200 metre obstacle event, where he beat Austrian Otto Wahle.

Australia had three representatives at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games, Fred Lane (swimming), Stan Rowley (athletics) and Donald Mackintosh (shooting). The IOC now accords all three of them symbolic gold medal status, even though the Olympic gold medal did not arrive until 1904.

Fellow Australian Stan Rowley won a gold medal (as part of a mixed team with Great Britain) and three bronze medals in athletics. Rowley had also competed in the first or 1896 Olympics, once again as part of a British team rather than part of an Australian Team, but is considered the first Australian to compete in an Olympic Games.

The only mention of Freddie's success in the local papers was:


LONDON, Tuesday.— The International swimming championship events were competed for at Paris yesterday. J. A. Jarvis, the amateur champion of England, won the 1808 metres race, in 13 min 40 l-5sec.  Fred. Lane, of Sydney, won the 200 metres, in 2min. 25 ¼ sec., and the 200 metres obstacle race in 2min.;88 2-5sec. SWIMMING. (1900, August 15). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article237306208 

The 1900 Summer Olympics, now officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad and also known as Paris 1900, were an international multi-sport event that took place in Paris, France, from May 14 to October 28 1900. No opening or closing ceremonies were held.

At the Sorbonne conference of 1894, Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympic Games should take place in Paris in 1900. However, the delegates to the conference were unwilling to wait six years, and lobbied to hold the first games in 1896. A decision was made to hold the first Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens and have Paris host the second Games.

The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. In total, 1226 competitors took part in 19 different sports. This number relies on certain assumptions about which events were and were not "Olympic". Many athletes, some of whom had won events, were unaware that they had competed in the Olympic Games. Women took part in the games for the first time, with sailor Hélène de Pourtalès, born Helen Barbey in New York City, becoming the first female Olympic champion. The decision to hold competitions on a Sunday brought protests from many American athletes, who travelled as representatives of their colleges and were expected to withdraw rather than compete on their religious day of rest.

Most of the winners in 1900 did not receive medals, but were given cups or trophies. Professionals competed in fencing, as was tradition, and Albert Robert Ayat (France), who won the épée for amateurs and masters, were awarded a prize of 3000 francs. Some events were contested for the only time in the history of the Games, including automobile and motorcycle racing, ballooning, cricket, croquet, Basque pelota, and the 200m swimming obstacle race and underwater swimming. This was also the only Olympic Games in history to use live animals (pigeons) as targets during the shooting event. The host nation of France fielded 72% of all athletes (720 of the 997) and won the most gold, silver and bronze medal placings. U.S. athletes won the second-most in each, while fielding the fifth most participants, 75. British athletes won the third-most in each, while fielding the second most participants, 102.

The 1900 Olympics is unique in being the only Olympic Games to feature rectangular medals, which were designed by Frédérique Vernon. Gilt silver medals were awarded for 1st place in shooting, lifesaving, automobile racing and gymnastics. Whilst 2nd place silver medals were awarded in shooting, rowing, yachting, tennis, gymnastics, sabre, fencing, equestrian and athletics. With 3rd place bronze medals being awarded in gymnastics, firefighting and shooting. In many sports, however, medals were not awarded. With most of the listed prizes were cups and other similar trophies.  The International Olympic Committee has retrospectively assigned gold, silver and bronze medals to all competitors who earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place finishes, respectively, in order to bring early Olympics in line with current awards. 

For the first Olympic Games (until Antwerp in 1920), it is difficult to give the exact number of medals awarded to some countries, due to the fact that teams were composed of athletes from different countries. For Olympic Games before 1908 there is no universally accepted definition of nationality, and medal tables may vary depending on the chosen definition. For example, Australian Stanley Rowley competed as part of a team selected by the Amateur Athletic Association of England. The concept of "national teams" chosen by National Olympic Committees did not exist at this point in time.

Image: Gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals from the Paris Games of 1900, from the collection of the Olympic Museum (IOC), on display in Toronto, Ontario, 2010. Photo: Yoho2001 (talk)

The muddied waters of the Seine hosted the swimming events in 1900. Run with the current, the races produced very fast times by the standards of the day. John Arthur Jarvis of Great Britain, Frederick Lane of Australia and the German Ernst Hoppenberg each won two titles. 

Freddie Lane received a 50-pound bronze statue of a horse as a prize, although some sources state it was a 25 kilogram model of the Louvre and his other prize, for this other win, was a statue of a peasant girl with a similar weight. 

The obstacle race required both swimming underneath and climbing over rows of boats while Charles de Venville stayed submerged for over a minute to win the underwater swimming event.

Photo: Beginning of Men’s 200 metres final at 1900 Olympics and Frederick Lane, Australian gold medallist swimming champion at the 1900 Olympic Games, Unknown photographer - Le Sport universel illustré, 25 août 1900, p.542 http://www.olympic.org/uk/utilities/multimedia/gallery/index_uk.asp

The men's 200 metre obstacle event was an obstacle swimming event in the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris. It was held on August 11th and August 12th 1900. Twelve swimmers from five nations competed. The event was won by Frederick Lane of Australia, with Otto Wahle of Austria second and Peter Kemp of Great Britain third. Lane had already won the 200 metre freestyle.

There were three obstacles throughout the 200 metre course. Swimmers had to climb over the first two (a pole and a row of boats), and swim under the third (another row of boats). 

This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). The event consisted of two rounds: semi-finals and a final. There were three semi-finals, with 4 swimmers in each; the top 2 swimmers in each semi-final advanced to the final along with the 4 with the best times from the remaining swimmers. This made a 10-person final.

A 1902 interview with him speaks about a 'Trudgen' style of swimming to which he attributed much of his success. The trudgen is a swimming stroke sometimes known as the racing stroke, or the East Indian stroke. Sometime around 1873, British swimmer John Arthur Trudgen learned the front crawl, depending on account, either from indigenous people in South Africa or in South America. However, Trudgen applied the more common sidestroke (scissor) kick instead of the flutter kick used by the Native Americans. This hybrid stroke was called the Trudgen stroke. Because of its speed, this stroke quickly became popular.

This style was further improved by the Australian champion swimmer Richmond "Dick" Cavill (the son of swimming instructor Professor Richard "Frederick" Cavill), who developed the stroke with his brother "Tums". They were later inspired by Alick Wickham, a young Solomon Islander living in Sydney who swam a version of the crawl stroke that was popular in his home island at Roviana lagoon. Alick was part of the East Sydney Swimming Club that Freddie would also be a member of. The Cavills then modified their swimming stroke using this as inspiration, and this modified Trudgen stroke became known as the "Australian crawl".

In the Trudgen stroke one swims mostly upon one side, making an overhand movement, lifting the arms alternately out of the water. When the left arm is above the head, the legs spread apart for a kick; as the left arm comes down the legs extend and are then brought together with a sharp scissor kick. The right arm is now brought forward over the water, and as it comes down the left arm is extended again. The scissor kick comes every second stroke; it involves spreading the legs, then bringing them together with a sudden "snap" movement.

The swimmer's face is underwater most of the time; the only chance to breathe is when the hand is coming back and just as the elbow passes the face. The trudgen developed into what is today called the Australian Crawl, not the band, the swimming stroke.

Although newspapers kept announcing his retirement from competitive swimming, this never actually occurred:

MR. F. C. V. LANE.

The retirement from the competitive swimming arena is announced of Mr. F. C. V. Lane, the amateur champion swimmer. Some time ago he announced his intention of retiring at the end of this season, but the strain placed upon ills system during his trip to England, and since his return, has been so great that he now finds it necessary to recuperate. Lane, who Intends to devote himself to business, retires with a brilliant record. In England he was unbeaten from 200 yards to quarter of a mile, and at 100 yards he was only just beaten by the English champion. Since his return he has won the 100 yards championship of Australia at Bathurst and the 200 yards championship at the Commonwealth celebrations carnival the other day at Balmain. MR. F. C. V. LANE. (1901, January 7). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article228500901 

The Trudgen stroke:

A CHAT WITH F. C. V. LANE. (1902, October 8). Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167263318 

Australia participating in these Olympic Games, along with swimming competitions in the United Kingdom, was initially supported by residents raising funds:


There was a large attendance of swimmers and admirers of the natatorial art at the Gaiety Theatre last night, when a complimentary benefit or farewell concert was tendered to the young champion. Mr. F. C. V. Lane, on the eve of his departure for England.

Messrs.- H. N. Southwell, J. J. Moroney, and E. S. Marks were the hon. secretaries to the affair, and the first named gentleman presided. The programme was as excellent one, and was made up of contributions by a number of well-known artists, including Madame Helen Roze. who sang ' When the Heart is Young,' and 'In Sweet September,' afterwards joining with Mr. A. E. Richards in the duet 'Maying'; Miss Rose Hegarty, whose numbers were 'The Carnival,' and 'What Might Have Been' ; Mr. J. T. Donovan, ' Here Upon My Vessel's Deck;' Mr. G. Hellings, 'Laughing Song;' Mr. Arthur Hahn, 'Asleep on the Seep ' and 'Sons of the Sea;' Mr. A. E. Richards, 'Mona.' Stent's American Banjo Clue played several selections, Miss V. Deloitte sang ' Sing On, Ye Little Birds,' Mr. Harry Freeman contributed a cornet solo, and Mr. Jl. Callaway rendered a number of comic songs. The accompanist was Mr. J. E. Sykes.

At the conclusion of the musical programme Mr. J. Taylor, in the absence of the Premier, presented Mr. Lane with a camber of gold medals presented by the Swimming Association in connection with seven championship events, in six of which the recipient had gained first place, and. second in the seventh. In a felicitous speech Mr. Taylor expressed not only the hope, but the opinion, that Mr. Lane would worthily uphold the honor of Australia among the swimmers of the world. Mr. Lane responded briefly, and intimated his intention of sparing no effort to deserve their kindness and to justify their good opinion. It is expected that last night's concert will realise about £20, which will go towards defraying the champion’s expenses. 

Following are some of Mr. Lane's swimming feats : 220 Yards Championship of New South Wales January 16, 1897, 2min -S6=ee ; 100 .Yards Scratch Race, December 15, 1897, 64 ^-sec ; 440 Yards Championship of New South Wales, December 26, 1897, 6min 12 l-5sec; 220 Yards Championship of New South Wales, December 30, 1897, 2min 41seo; 300 Yards Scratch Race, January 31, 1898, 3min 514-osec; 100 Yards scratch race, February 16m 1898, 1min 4 4-5sec ; 100 Yards, Australian Championship, at Christchurch, March 1, 1898, lain' 9 ^-5sec ; 2»0 Yards Championship of New South Wales, November 26, 1898, 2min 4ti l-5sec ; 880 Yards Championship of New South Wales. December 10, 1898, 11min 19 3-5»eo ; One Mile Championship of New South Wales, January 26',1899, 2/min 11sec ; 800 Yards Championship of New South Wales, January '28, 1899, 8min 11sec ; 300 Yards Scratch Race, ; February 4, 1899, ; 400 Yards Championship of New South Wales, February 11, 1899, 5min 54 l-5secj 100 Yards Scratch Race, February 15, 1899, 1min 2Jeec; 220 Yards Scratch Race, March 4, 1899, 2min US l-5seo; 100 Yards Scratch Race; March 11, 1899, 1min 2 2-5sec. 

The Manly Gentlemen’s Baths was crowded on Wednesday, afternoon by an enthusiastic crowd of interested spectators to witness the contest for the trophies presented by Mr. R. Stennett for a farewell handicap prior to his departure for England. This contest finishes the contests at Manly for this season, and considerable interest was manifested in the heats, and some splendid finishes resulted. The heats were won as follows : — First heat : W. Lakeman, 1 ;» .C E- Halloran. scr, 2. Other starters : G. Pritchett sec and A. Williams 12sec. Won by a touch. Second heat : E. Halloran, 8sec,- 1 ; S. Williams, 8, 2. Other starters : Boy Pritchett. 7sec and A. Friend 5. Third heat : -x. Jenkins, 7b6c, 1; W. Robey, 6, 2. Other starters t W. Lakeman sec JB.aA . -i Hawkes 8. . Fourth heat : A. Moore, 4sec, 1 ; F. Monro, 4, 2. Other starters : Fred Williams 3sec and H. Somerset 12. Final: G. Jenkins, 7sec. 1 ; A. Moore, 4, 2. Other starters : F. Monro 4sec, W, Robey 7, C. K. Halloran scr. At the turn S.. Williams. C. Halloran, G. Jenkins, and W. Robey were together, and the others close up. C. E. Halloran and Moore collided and spoilt their chances. At the finish, a towel would have covered the lot, and the finish caused much excitement. F. C. V. LANE'S FAREWELL CONCERT. (1899, March 25). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113700494 

F. C. V. LANE.
SYDNEY, March 19.

F. C. V. Lane, swimming at the Fort St. Model School sports held in the Domain baths yesterday, won the 500yds. championship of the colony from H. Smith in 6min. 52 2-5th sec. Lane was not pressed, and swam slowly. F. C. V. LANE. (1899, March 24). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 50. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33164598


A meeting was held on Thursday, at the Palace Theatre, for the purpose of considering the best means for raising funds to send Mr. Stanley Rowley, champion sprinter, to represent Australia, at the Olympian games in Paris next July. On the motion of Mr. R. Coombes, seconded by the Hon. T. Hassall, the Hon. Sydney Smith was voted to the chair. Mr. R. Coombes was elected hon. secretary and treasurer. 

Mr. R. Coombes gave a history of the Olympian games of modern times, and stated that they would be held every four years — this year in Paris, and subsequently in other parts of the world, Australia taking her turn in due course. A communication was received from Mr. B. R. Wise (Attorney-General), regretting his inability to attend the meeting, but desiring to show his sympathy with the cause by subscribing £5 5s. Messrs. S. Bridges and J. W. Turner (Fort-street School) also wrote apologising for their absence, but approving of the scheme. Mr. Coombes stated that nearly all the countries of the world would send representatives; even South Africa had intended to send an athlete, but unfortunately her best runner was at present a prisoner of war. Mr. Hassall said that Stanley Rowley, as a sprinter; was second to none in the world. Australia had held her own in England in almost every other field of athletics, and it would be a great pity if the opportunity were lost of sending to Paris a runner who could hold his own with the best in the world. 

He moved — 'That efforts be made to send Stanley Rowley as an Australian runner, to take part in the Olympian games at Paris.' This was seconded by Mr. J. A. Hogue, M.L.A., and supported by Mr. S. J. Law, M.L.A., and Mr. E. S. Marks (hon. secretary to the Amateur Athletic Union of Australia, who said that Rowley had won the 100 yards in four colonies, and that all the English sporting papers had said that Rowley's absence from the Olympian games would be a great loss. Mr. Marks also stated that in swimming, Australia would be well represented by Fred. Lane and Jack Hellingswhilst the rowing community was endeavoring to make arrangements to send J. J. Daley to represent the colonies in the sculling races. Mr. Hassall handed in a subscription of three guineas; and a vote of thanks to the chairman closed the proceedings. ATHLETICS. (1900, March 3). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117033316 

The return home later the same year was cause for celebration:



Messrs J Hellings and F. C. V Lane, the New South Wales swimmers, and V Lindberg, one time of New South Wales, but now of New Zealand, will arrive from England by the R.M.S. Ormuz this morning. The returning champions will be officially welcomed at noon to-day at the New South Wales Sports Club, Hunter-street When leaving England they were accorded a splendid send off, and there is no doubt that their welcome to-day will be full of enthusiasm. SWIMMING. (1900, November 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14377040 

(By 'NATAT0R.')

, As expected, Fred Lane and Jack Hellings reached home on Saturday morning last, and right glad did they both appear to be back (as Fred put it) 'in old Sydney once more.' 'After all,' said Jack to me, 'there is really no place like home.' 

Several swimmers; took the tender at 8 o'clock in the morning, and went down the harbor to meet the Orient liner Ormuz, aboard which the returning champions were, but the hour was too early for most, and though they retired to bed- the night before with the best of Intentions, they felt a bit differently in the morning, or put off getting up till It was too late. However, the A.S.A.'s reception at the Sports Club's rooms provided a better opportunity for doing the thing properly, and, notwithstanding the very inconvenient hour (noon )at' which the renunion was fixed to take place, the muster totalled at least sixty or seventy, and. was thoroughly representative of all branches of sport— swimmers and swimming officials, of course, predominating.


Apologies for non-attendance were read from Messrs. G. H. Reid, M.P., -B. R. Wise, M.L.C. (Attorney-General),, E. W. O'Sullivan (Minister for Works); also Mr. h. D. Phillips (hon. secretary of the Life Saving Society), and Mr. E. S. Marks, Mr. J. M. Chanter, M.P., presided. The chairman expressed himself as being specially proud of his position that day; They were all proud of the two young champions (they were welcoming home. Mr. Leo was a good swimmer, too, but he had on this occasion done more to distinguish himself In another direction — as a fighter for his country round about Mafeking. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Chanter had strong sympathy with Leo, because as (Mr. Chanter's) son was with the Australian Bushmen in South Africa it the present time. (Applause.) 

The chairman concluded by extending a very hearty welcome to Messrs, Lane, Hellings, Lindberg and Leo, wishing them long life and prosperity, and expressing a hope that they would continue to hold the very high and honorable positions they had won for themselves in the swimming world.

Mr, 'Jack' Moloney spoke in support, and his speech was pithy and characteristic. He regarded himself as almost 'the father of swimming. ' (Cheers;) He remembered Jack Hellings as a very little 'kiddy,' and recollected the time when the other Champion was known as 'Spider' Lane. (Laughter.) Leo had only done what was expected of him, for he was always bubbling over with life and patriotism. Lindberg had gone -abroad to do his best, and had succeeded remarkably well. ( Applause!) The toast was drunk with musical honors. 

All four— Jack Hellings, Fred Lane, Leo and Lindberg— responded appropriately. 

Mr.. Southwell proposed 'Success to the Sports Club.' Mr. James Taylor responded. .... . SWIMMING AND SWIMMERS. (1900, November 28). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article121799695 

In March 1902 he went back to England. In July 1902, he won a 100 yard race and became the first person to record one minute dead for that distance. In August, he swam 220 yards in 2 minutes 28.6 seconds, which in 1974 was ratified by FINA as the first World Record for 200 metres. In October, he broke the one-minute barrier for 100 yards in 59.6 seconds. 



Recognising the importance of sport and art of swimming in any country, but particularly in this sweltering climate, the ' Sportsman' despatched a special to interview Mr. Fred Lane, the just-returned champion swimmer, and get a further insight into his views on swimming and swimmers in England and their comparison with those of Australia. The first question asked was: —

How long have you been away, Mr. Lane ?— Nearly nine months. We left Sydney on March 26 last. Your trip, I suppose, was a very enjoyable one? — Yes, and doubly so on account of the success which attended my efforts. How many races did you compete in? — About 25 championships and scratch races. How did you fare?— I succeeded in winning every one. That's splendid. Besides the 100 and 220 yards championships of the world you won in record time, which do you consider your best efforts;— I should say the 100 yards scratch race at Leicester, in October lost, where I succeeded in again lowering the world's best figures, also the 120 and 100 yards scratch races, at Salford and Liverpool respectively, where I broke the world's record in each attempt. Did you have much travelling to do? ''Yes, I swam at London on three or four occasions, Leicester, Macclesfield, Harrington, Chester, Liverpool (three times), Port Sunlight, Bolton, Manchester, Weston-supermare, Blackpool, Bury (Lancashire), Weston, Salford, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other places. Did not the travelling which these visits necessitated interfere with your training? Yes, most decidedly, as on some occasions, after travelling all day, and sometimes at night, I don't think it can be said that I was in fit condition to compete in a race.. Still, some of my best performances were put' up after a gruelling train ride ; and I feel confident that had the time to undergo a systematic course of training been at my disposal, the world's best for the distances, from 100 yards to 220 yards, would be considerably lower than they are to-day'' I Suppose you have read or heard of the statements made by Cavill which have appeared in the Sydney press since his return in regard to the 100yds Championship which he thinks he won ? — Yes ; but of his talk I take little heed, as it is characteristic of him. However, I think he has been urged to persist in stating that he won the race by a pressman of Sydney whose swimming notes appear in four or five different newspapers. I might say that I met Mr. Edwards (the judge) in Liverpool some days after the race, and spoke to him in reference to the result of the big race. Mr.' Edwards' remarks were short and decisive on that point, and left no room for doubt as to the correctness of the decision. 

He said, 'Lane, you won, Cavill was second, and Darbyshire third. If there were anybody I would like to have seen win it, it would have been my own countryman.' He audeii that the timekeeper had timed Cavill to do 60 seconds dead, you must have broken the minute.' Subsequently, at Leictestor, without any serious preparation whatever; I registered 59 3-5, which now stands as England's best for the 100 yards. ls there any other race won by you worthy of particular mention? — Yes, the 220yds World's Championship, swum at Weston-Buportuare, Harrison (England), Cavill and myself were the only three to face the starter. Darbyshire, through indisposition, did not appear. I also appeared that Cavill would be a non-starter in this event, as on the morning of the race he intimated that he was hardly feeling up to the mark, and he asked me if I would mind giving him a rub down. I willingly complied, ' and ' spent' some three-quarters of an hour rubbing, him down at the baths. In accordance with the A.S.A. rules positions were allotted some days prior to the event. In the draw I secured the position which gave me the look on Cavill, but on the night of the race he asked me, as a great favor, if I would agree for him to have choice of stations. . I answered in the affirmative, and he then took up a position which gave him the great advantage of finishing on my blind side. I merely, mention this in defence of myself against Cavill a-protest atiehiu. For harmony's sake I would like it known that I met Cavill on seven different occasions, six of the races being championship events, and have defeated him every time, and, to my mind, I consider this proof conclusive that I have shown my superiority, and if he still wants further demonstration I consider he is a glutton, but nevertheless, like every true Britisher, he never knows when he is beaten. 

Well, Mr. Lane, how about Reid ?— As no doubt you are aware, he won some decent races, but the climatic conditions in the old country were against him. Without a doubt, when he f»e«d Idle post for his nnt race at Highgate for the Mile Championship, the excitement was too great for him, and it unnerved him to such an extent that he should never have towed the mark. I attribute this to the huge gathering of spectators ... A CHAT WITH F. C. V. LANE. (1902, December 24). Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167255682 

On returning to Australia, Lane became a master printer and a partner in a printing and stationary firm, Smith and Lane, at 15 Bridge Street, Sydney, although he kept swimming here - and would for his whole life.


F. C V Lane, the well known champion swimmer has decided to reappear at the East Sydney Club's carnival on Saturday. His last public appearance was in England on October 22, 1902, and notwithstanding the lapse of time the champion has kept him well in splendid condition. On Saturday he had a trial sprint over the 100 yards course at the Rushcutter Bay baths, and covered the distance in the fast rate of 58 1-5s.
 SWIMMING. (1904, January 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14590898 

F. C. V. LANE. '(See -Swimming.)

Photo by "Sun" photographer,' No title (1904, April 17). The Sunday Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1903 - 1910), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230034621 


The East Sydney Swimming Club is one of the oldest clubs affiliated to the. New South Wales Amateur Swimming Association and during its twelve years existence it has numbered amongst its members nearly all the New South Wales champions— notably W. H. Poate (plunging), the brothers Charles and Harry Hellings. J. O'Grady, Sid. and 'Turns' Clavill, Percy Cavill. F. C. V. Lane, George Read. W. M Donald (plunging), A. Wickham, the brothers Baker, and Cecil Healy. The club's representatives have been well to the fore, not alone in the States of Australia and colony of New Zealand, but in Great Britain and the Continent, mainly through the wonderful records made at different times at those places by Percy Cavill, George Read, and Fred Lane while competing under the well-known white and black badge. The club has always been to the front in team combinations, and at the present time holds the Water Polo Championship supremacy, the Back and Breast Stroke Team Race Championship, and the Flying Squadron Team Race. In connection with the last named, which was inaugurated in the year 1S05 the club has won six times out of eleven, and for the last five years has never been beaten. 

The team whose photo appears in this issue is not alone the fastest team in the world, but is also the youngest, the average age of the men being 20 years. F. C. V- Lane, the captain, holds the English 100 yards record of 5'.. 3-5 seconds, and also the 150 yards, 200 yards, 220 yards, and has never been beaten over the furlong, his record being 2m 28 3-5s. 

Cecil Healy, the fastest amateur sprinter in the world, has broken the minute some half-dozen times, and is the present joint holder of the record, 58 seconds. H. Baker, the boy of the team, being not yet 17 years old, has several times in district championships swum second to R. Cavill in standard nine, and is also capable of doing the 100 yards a little over the minute. 

Alick Wickham, the present 100 yards champion of the club and the holder of the world's 100 yards record, and very close up to 58 seconds for the 100 yards, has not been able to do himself justice this season, owing to an attack of fever,  he has several times broken the minute. T. Tartakover is a fine sprinter, who great promise, and a coming champion. East Sydney Club when it won last week the handsome £25 shield ted by Lieutenant-Colonel Roth, put wonderful time of 5 minutes 6 seconds, marvellous time for a quintet of swimmers. The individual times were C. Healy 5 A- Wickham, 02s; H. Baker, -53. l-5s'; Tartakover. 02 3-5s: F. C. V. Lane,, fil '3-: The winners of the race to date are:

April 6, 1895. — Balmain S. C. Time, nm r,3s. December 11, ISO.'). — Balmain S. Time. 5-, February ]T, 1897. — Bondi S. C. Time, rim February 12, 1898. — East Sydney S. C. Ti 52 4-5s. December 17, 1898.— Balmain S. 0. Time. '-1 January 20, 1900. - Balmain S. C. Time, fun March 16, 1901.- East Sydney P. (\ Ti 1 42 4-5s. March 15, 1902. — East Sydney S. C. Tin -r- 2-o.s. December 6, 1902.— East Sydney S. C. 'I'i 22 3-5s. January 9, 1901. — East Sydney S. C. Tii 17 2-5s. February 11, 1905.— East Sydney R. C. Tii fis. For the uninitiated we give the following conditions governing the race: — 'Compi in each of the four relays swim 100yds swimmers in the succeeding relays wait until touched by their club mates before their plunge. This is continued until the men from each team have complete 100yds each. The first man to finish the final relay, i.e., the last 100yds of the 5 decides the race Club winning race as champion for the year.

T. Tartakover. F. C. V. Lane. H Baker.

A. Wickham. C. Healy. Photo by Talma, 37-1 George-street. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EAST SYDNEY SWIMMING CLUB, Winners of the 500 Yards Flying Squadron Championship of New South WalesEAST SYDNEY SWIMMING CLUB. (1905, March 8). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 607. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164033750 

Lane, standing at right in back row, with East Sydney Swimming Club teammates

On September 14, 1908 at St Mark's Church, Darling Point, he married Rosemund Pearle Atkinson Lord (also spelled 'Rosamund'). 

There were two children from the union - both births registered at Mosman:

LANE FREDERICK C V  16590/1909 FREDERICK C V ROSE P A MOSMAN - born May 8th, 1909


The following swimmers will give a special display of high and fancy diving at the above club's carnival next Saturday, at the Municipal Baths, Domain, viz., Messrs. F. C. V. Lane, A, Rosenthal, L. MacCarthy, A Wickham, P. Dibley, C. A. Bell, T. Jones, C. Pardey, and P. J. Keeley. The Manly Surf Club will  give a display of beach surf rescue and reel drill, and will also provide an aquatic farce. Entries for all 'events close this evening with the hon. secretary, New South Wales Amateur Swimming Association, at the Sports Club, Hunter street. The interclub events in the programme will include 300 metres scratch race, 50 yards handicap, ISA Harris president cup handicap, towing competition, 100 yards surf club race, and the boy scouts' 200 yards team race championship.  EAST SYDNEY S.C. (1909, December 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15093772

Soon after Rickards began selling off lots of land at Mona Vale Beach in January 1911 he acquired some lots - although that sold to Warringah Shire Council for land for a surf club at Mona Vale wasn't bought until days before being passed on.

He had a weekender, later a home at Mona Vale beach, a place he may have come to through his older brothers' Oswald's association with William Scott Fell who had one of the original villas at The Oaks - La Corniche, Mona Vale. Oswald had a weekender at Newport:

Messrs. Kirton & Earnshaw, Ltd., and Lane & Dawson, Ltd., held their annual sports meeting at Farrell's Beach, Newport, on Monday last, the chief attraction of which was a cricket match between the staffs of the two firms, won by the former by 8 wickets.
Mr. R. K. Waley, of Messrs. Kirton &Earnshaw, Ltd., was the highest scorer, compiling' 59 runs. His innings was a very bright one, and was made up of almost entirely boundary hits. Lane. & Dawson, however, turned the tables at other branches of sport, and were successful in running relay race and also defeated their opponents at golf and 'shooting the breakers.' 

The staffs spent the weekend at the respective homesteads of Messrs. Lane and Waley, the sports being contested on the grounds, of 'Wahgunyah,' the residence of Mr. O. G. S. Lane. Messrs J Kirton & Earnshaw, Ltd., provided a very nice luncheon on the day of the sports, and, altogether, a very pleasant time was spent. SHIPPING CRICKET. (1922, December 14). Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article159694085 

This Obituary from 1931 shares:

MR. O. G. S. LANE.

Mr. Oswald George Stoneman Lane, who was well known in the commercial life of Sydney, died on Monday, at the age of 59 years.

Born at Newcastle, Mr. Lane was the son of the late Mr. John Stoneman Lane, a ship chandler, who established his business in Sydney in 1836. He was educated at the Fort-street School, and at an early age joined W. Scott Fell and Co. as a partner. After some years he founded the business of Lane and Dawson, coal exporters and freighters. The firm is now known as Lane and Dawson, Ltd., and at the time of his death Mr. Lane was governing director. Mr. Lane was also chairman of directors of South Pacific Collieries, Ltd.

The funeral took place at the South Head Cemetery.

In addition to the relatives among those present were Messrs. Arthur Earnshaw, Frank Ireland, B. N. Black, R. K. Waley, M. R. N. Pattrick, W. B. Scott Fell, J. W. Scott Fell, William Arnott, Fred Porter, J. Daley, Cecil Natham, Leon List, Donald Smith, Donald Smith, jun., Walter S. Sims, E. C. Cooper, S. Blau, W. R. Armstrong, Redmond Barry, John E. Gaxieu, Fred. F. Cowdrey, A. E. Twigg, Stanley Twigg, J. P. Crowe, A. E. Morris, J. A. Shaw, Walter Bradley, D. Gove, Gregory Madden, John Thane, and D. Green. MR. O. G. S. LANE. (1931, June 24). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16788206 

Freddie Lane's main home, possibly because his business was in town, was on Cremorne Point. Built in the 1920's and named 'Eaubrink':



IN order- that Miss Hilda James, the English champion swimmer, who is in charge of the swimming pool on the Carinthia, might meet Sydney's notabilities of the swimming world, Mr. F. C. Lane, the first Australian Olympic champion, gave a dinner and dance at his residence, "Eau-brink," Cremorne, last night. Many well-known swimmers, Including members of the New South Wales Ladles' Amateur Swimming Association were among the guests. The hostess wore a frock of moonlight blue embossed morocain. Miss James's black dress was embroidered In Chinese colors. Miss Jean Lane danced in shell pink georgette, trimmed with silver lace. Mrs. R. Chambers, honorary secretary of the New South Wales Ladies' Amateur Swimming Association, chose ivory satin. ... CHAMPION WELCOMED (1925, December 29). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 11 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223928775

A house designed by the architecture firm Esplin & Mould, headed by the same architects who designed The Astor, Donald Esplin and Stuart Mould named ''Mordialloc'', perhaps after the beachside suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, was put up for sale in 1921, although some records indicate it stayed in the family. 

No. 23,334. APPLICANT:—Frederick Claude Vivian Lane, Sydney. LAND:—Municipality North Sydney, 19 perches, including premises Mordialloc, No. 19 Milson-road.

Diagrams delineating these lands may be inspected at the Land Titles Office, Sydney.

W. G. H-WILLIAMS, Registrar-General. 29th April, 1921.  NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. (1921, April 29). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 2576. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article220085240

Originally "Moody Yallock", the name is derived from the term moordy yallock which originated from the Aboriginal language Boonwurrung, in which "yallock" means "creek" or "water", and is listed in some sources as meaning muddy creek, and in others as "little sea." When Mr. Lane died in 1969 the house was passed on to his daughter Jean Rosalind Rubensohn, who sold it in 1979 for $230,000 to former Vogue Entertaining executive editor Sue Fairlie-Cuninghame and her husband David Fairlie-Cuninghame. The house was again put up for sale in 2021 and sold for over 7 million.

Freddie also visited the artists’ camp Curlew, established by rag trader Rueben Brasch, on the shores of Mosman where artists like Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Henry Fullwood lived and worked. Many ascribe this to explain how it was that the late, great painter Lloyd Rees came to paint in Lane’s cellar, where a one bedroom apartment was established. Some sources state he even owned this land at that time - The Art Gallery of NSW holds his handwritten ''Rules for living at Curlew Camp'', circa 1907, backing up that claim, as well as him selling part of the camp in 1904. The gallery also holds a selection of images from the Curlew camp, donated by Jean in 1990, which all state they were taken by Freddie when he was proprietor of the camp and catching a ferry to work, although he left being there when he married in 1908.

For Sale. CURLEW CAMP, Sirius Cove.— A permanent camp for sale. Plant and 6 tents. Further part, apply Fred Lane, Smith and Lane, Bridge-st. Advertising (1904, December 11). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127802020

Group portrait, Curlew Camp circa 1907 - photo by Fred Lane (who can be seen mid row, 4th from the left in white trousers; is the lady seated beside him his son to be wife?) - courtesy Art Gallery of NSW

MacCallum Pool into the eastern side of Cremorne Point was built by Fred Lane in the early 1900s as a simple harbour side rock pool. The pool today is named after Hugh Maccallum, a well regarded Cremorne local who was responsible for rallying the community and raising the money to pay for the pool’s development during the 1920s, then known as Cremorne Bathing Pool. He raised money through annual membership fees. A membership would cost 5 shillings per year and included a badge bearing the red initials ‘CPB’. It was taken over by the North Sydney Council in the 30s and renamed to Hugh J Maccallum pool in recognition of his contribution.

Freddie was also part of the Manly swimming and life saving fraternity: 


Langer and Kealoha were the guests of  Mr. F. C. V. Lane, the ex-world champion, at lunch at Mona Vale yesterday. In the afternoon they motored back to Manly, where they were welcomed by the officers and members of the Manly Surf Club. They were In the surf to give excellent displays on the "boards." The conditions although not too  good were better than at Cronulla last week. A huge crowd watched them. Ald. E. S. Marks, a vice-president of the A.S.A.. entertained them at afternoon tea prior to their departure to catch the express.  AT MANLY. (1921, January 24). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article239738089

Pua Kealoha finished second to his fellow Hawaiian, the Duke, in the 100m freestyle at the 1920 Olympics and then joined Duke Kahanamoku on the world record breaking relay team. He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay with teammates Perry McGillivray, Norman Ross and Duke Kahanamoku. Pua Kealoha won his only AAU championship in 1921 when the 100 yard event was held in Honolulu harbor. According to a member of the Kahanamoku family who knew him, Kealoha was the only person to swim unassisted from Molokai to Oahu.

In this item we hear about the original Mona Vale SLSC colours:


Freddy Lane speaks most enthusiastically of the Mona Vale Club. He predicts that in a very short time the baby of the metropolitan clubs will be well to the fore. 'The new costumes are neat, but not gay,' says the old champion. They are royal blue, with yellow and black band waist high (if men have waists). Mona Vale are awaiting Bill Harris return, when they threaten to outdo Cronulla Surf Club and North Steyne in entertaining the popular Hawaiian.  They possess a magnificent beach — equal to any — and a splendid bath chopped out of the solid rock on the headland. The district is rapidly growing, and the beach becoming more popular each week. SURF CLUBS ACTIVE (1923, February 2). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103537324

Mona Vale SLSC Records show that a further initial meeting took place at the Pittwater Hall in Mona Vale on Saturday, 21st October, 1922. Amongst those present were Messrs. F.C.V. Lane, W.W. Hill, J.W. Austin, J.W. Austin, Jnr., J.L. Williams, F. Baldwin, J.T. Hewitt, G. Blackwood, J.G. Blackwood, J. Dunbar and G. Johnson.  The name for this new edition of Mona Vale Surf Club was the Mona Vale Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club, although 'Bathers' was later dropped from the name.

Freddie Lane was voted the inaugural President and William Scott-Fell the original Patron, reiterating the connections between Mona Vale and the Lane and Scott-Fell family, who had been a presence in the Mona Vale beach area since at least 1906.

It is from this inauguration of a surf club that the current club dates its existence and why there as a centenary celebration of Mona Vale SLSC this Spring. 

Mona Vale SLSC records state the first Club House for this Mona Vale SLSC was built on Lot 37 next to Darley Street as the survey shows and comprised a three room wooden structure comprising one large room and two smaller rooms. Geoff M. Mould designed the first Club House with its feature being large wooden moulded pillars supporting a verandah. G.M. Mould was also the first Life Member of the club.

Although it was reported in the newspapers that Fred Lane donated three blocks of beachfront land to the Club in 1923, this is a myth. In fact Freddie sold Lot 37 to the club for £25 less £5 as a donation. This was accepted by the club and arrangements to build went ahead.

Mr. F. C. V. Lane has handed over to the Warringah Shire Council, as trustees, a block of land at Mona Vale, which he is giving for a site for a surf club-house.  No title (1923, September 19). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 7 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article222689706


Jock Blackwood, Mona Vale's hon. secretary, is most enthusiastic concerning this season's prospects. The club is now in possession of a site for a club house with a 50ft frontage to the beachCALL OF THE SURF IS INSISTENT (1923, October 12). Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103539906

Warringah Shire Council would resume his other Mona Vale beachfront lot, as well as Lots 38 to 41 inclusive of Section A, in 1928 and this would be the extension of a beachfront reserve for Mona Vale Beach. The NSW Historical Land Records Viewer (HRLV) Volume 3454 - Folio 99 provides the details. Volume 3460 - Folio 87 provides Lot 42 as that resumed by Council as well in 1924, while Lot 36, Section had been bought by Elizabeth Ann Allen on July 13th, 1916  and this too was resumed by the Council in 1928; Volume 2681- Folio 143 provides those details. 

In 1924:

Borg at Mona Vale

Mona Vale was invaded by champion swimmers yesterday, when Arne Borg, Moss Christie, W. Herald, Keith Kirkland, and officials of the A.S.A. visited the local Life-saving Club as the guests of Mr. W. W. Hill. president of the club. A large crowd attended the beach, eager to get a glimpse of Borg. In the morning the party adjourned lo the local baths. A 66 yards handicap race was arranged, Borg winning one heat and Herald the other. Moss Christie and Borg then gave a 133 yards exhibition swim, and Keith Kirkland 66 yards back stroke exhibition. F. Lane, the old champion, and W. Herald, the modern sprinter, then swam 100 yards, each man demonstrating the stroke which made him a champion. A life-saving exhibition was given on the beach by the local club, and Moss Christie and W. Herald started In a surf race, which was won by the latter. Borg did not compete. Borg at Mona Vale (1924, January 21). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article245892529 


CANDY golf stick — sweet and brittle and brown — with the handles wrapped In sliver paper, so that one's fingers Would not get sticky, were grouped In threes on every table at the Wentworth last night, when the members of the Mona Vale Golf Club held their annual dance. The Sticks were in miniature, and there were balls, too, also of sugar. These were white, and full of cocoanut. Covetable novelties, where there were small people at home to take them to. Each guest was welcomed by committee members on the stairs, and dancing started early, as the night was cold, and many dancers had come from across the harbor. 

A novelty in trimming for a gown was chosen by the wife of the president, Mrs. E. Hope Caten. Her dress of black ring velvet, which had a vest-on of silver lace, was embroidered with what looked like fascinating green sparkling beads. But In reality they were countless beetles' legs, from New Guinea. She also wore a wonderful beetle brooch that came from Zanzibar. In her party were the president of the Warringah Shire- Council (Mr. Corkery), Mrs. Corkery, Mr. and Mrs. Jamieson, Mrs. K. Hume, Mr. and Mrs. P. Vyner, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Lee, Messrs. Hill. Julius Colin, O. Askey and Marks. 

The secretary (Mr. H. S. Luscombe) spared no pains to ensure the happiness of everyone at the party: The hon, treasurer was Mr. R. M. Pegler, and Messrs. P. G. Scott and F. Loneon also worked for the ball. Shoulder Spray Miss K. Boulton Had a shoulder spray of hyacinths, violets and roses on her opalescent sequinned frock. Mr. and Mrs. H. Rawaon Stevenson had a big basket of. fruit, surrounded with red flowers, us a table decoration. 'Mrs. Stevenson's white fur coat covered a scarlet frock and she tucked a red velvet rosebud In her hair. In the party also were, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Loneon, the latter having a jade charmante gown, Mr. Jeffries. Mrs. Jeffries, whose black frock was sewn with brilliants, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey, the latter wearing sky blue taffeta, and Mr. and Mrs. George Bombelli. Mr. H. McCoy wore a heavily sequinned frock was jingled with every movement. Miss J. Parsons's nasturtium velvet dress had a spray of nasturtiums at the shoulder, Mrs. P. G. Scott had a heavily beaded dress of oyster marlbtte. Her guests Included Mr. Scott, Mrs. Paul Manlon, Miss A. Smith, Miss M. Atkins, Miss Harrison, Mrs. Davies, Miss Dorothy Scott. Miss Gilbert, Messrs. A. Osborne. A. Brodie, R. Davies, Fred Lane, W. Gilbert and R. Wilkinson. Mrs. R. M. Pegler's green shoes  blended with her frock of flame and green floral chiffon. With Mr. Pegler she entertained Mr. and Mrs. D. Henderson, the Misses L. Gay, West, Chambers, Vollmer, Fernandez. Mr. J. W. Austin helped his mother, whose dress was of black romaine, with her party which included Mr. and Mrs., J. Cilliver. Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. W. Caten, Mrs.' L. Gregg. Miss Snape and Mr. J. Austin. Others present were Mrs. E. J. Thomsett, Mrs. Arthur Brown, Mrs. R. Cheadle, the Misses Nell Scott, M-Bourke, Gillingham, Nell Morrison, Burn, J. Parsons,- H. Thomsett, IT. Horsington, and J. Thomsett. TOPICS FOR WOMEN (1928, June 30). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223220798 

His hobbies were art, literature, model-building and collecting stamps, cigarette cards and newspaper cuttings. He had a fine collection of the works of the marine artists Jack Spurling and John Allcott as well as paintings and literary works by his friend Norman Lindsay. He wrote and printed a book on Lindsay's bookplates. 

In 1939, the same year his son married Doris or Dorothy Joan Smith and enlisted to serve in World War II (NX207876):

Dissolution of Partnership.
NOTICE is hereby given that the partnership formerly existing between Alexander Alfred Smith, Frederick Claude Vivian Lane and Arthur Ware Smith, trading as Smith & Lane, printers and stationers, of 15 Bridge street, Sydney, has been dissolved by mutual consent, as on the 4th August, 1939. Mr. Alexander Alfred Smith is continuing in business at 8 Bridge-street, Sydney, and will trade under the old firm name of Smith & Lane.

Edgar Sydney Wolfenden and Arthur Frederick Lord, chartered accountants (Aust.), have been appointed receivers for the purposes of dissolving the partnership and it is requested that all creditors having any claim against the partnership up to and including the 4th day of August, 1939, shall forward particulars of their claim to the receivers, Box 1906 KK, G.P.O., Sydney, on or before the 31st day of August, 1939, and if so required by notice in writing from the receivers to come in and prove their debts at such time as shall be specified in such notice; or in the fault they will be excluded from the list of creditors and the receivers will proceed to distribute the funds in hand in terms of the Partnership Agreement.
Dated at Sydney, this tenth day of August, 1939.
E. S. WOLFENDEN, A. F. LORD, Receivers. SMITH & LANE. (1939, August 11). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 4083. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225731073

This insight from the Australian Women's Weekly, 'The Oldest Olympian' when Freddie was presenting those going to the 1964 Olympic Games with a good luck medal, records a few insights of his later years at Mona Vale:

The oldest Olympian

MR. FRED LANE with his Olympic gold medal, won in 1900, and a replica. 

Games swimmers will have replicas for good luck.
When Australia's "jet age" swimmers take to the water at the Tokyo Olympics each will have a charm wishing him or her "gold medal good luck" from Frederick Claude Vivian Lane, a champion of the "propeller age" of swimming.

MR. LANE, 84, who prefers to be called Freddie, won Australia's first gold medal at the 1900 Paris Games, and is believed to be the world's oldest living Olympian.
He's still a keen sportsman, and the good-luck charms the swimmers will have are replicas of his own first gold medal.

The medal was for the 200 metres freestyle event in Paris, and the replicas have been presented to the team by Freddie in conjunction with the Wakehurst Foundation, a group sponsoring sport in the area surrounding his Sydney beach home at Mona Vale.

"I hope they'll inspire some of these 1964 Olympians," said sprightly Mr. Lane as he fingered the original.
"Winning one of these things is the thrill of a life-time, and you know," he added, with a well-pleased chuckle, "I had the good fortune to win two."

VETERAN Olympian Lane with early picture of himself in a swallow dive.

His second gold medal was for the 1900 obstacle event -a test of aquatic skill which no longer appears on the Olympics programme.
Both races were swum in the River Seine, with spectators lining the banks.

"We mightn't have been quite as fast and scientific as the swimmers are today, but we weren't too bad in our way," he said.

Freddie Lane, who was born in Sydney in 1880, claims to have one distinction over the swimmers of 1964.

"They're amazing, the speeds they can do in this jet age of swimming," he said. "But they're coached, coached, coached all the way in the latest methods.

"Beside theirs my times amount only to propeller speeds, but I got there with-out a single swimming lesson in my life."

Fell in
Freddie had his first attempt at swimming when he wasn't much more than a toddler. He fell from a punt into Sydney Harbor, and was just discovering that dog-paddling was a passport to survival when his brother came to his rescue. He decided then to learn to swim properly.

Before long he’d taught himself and was going full speed ahead in the Ives' baths, which were near the site of today's Harbor Bridge pylons, and had stone walls covered in oysters.

"I learned to be accurate with my turns, because those oysters would have torn my hands to pieces," he said.

By the age of eight Freddie had started winning schoolboy races, and before many more years he'd captured just about every N.S.W. State championship from the 100 yards to the mile.
At 16 he became the first schoolboy to win an Australian open title.

Then in 1899, after winning the 100 and 200 yards Australasian titles in New Zealand, he went overseas under the sponorship of Mr Mark Foy, a Sydney businessman, and there he began winning one British championship after another.

In 1902 he broke the minute for the 100 yards, and this effort placed him among the sporting champions who have won a place of honour in America's Helms Museum of Sport.

"That wasn't a bad race either," Mr. Lane said.

He has a recorded version of it, and as the disc spins his face relives the excitement and triumph.

Mr. Lane, who after his swimming career became successful businessman as Partner in a Sydney printing and stationery firm, still has a personal fitness programme. Winter and summer he has a morning cold shower, and he enjoys long walks, swims, and never goes to bed without doing his exercises.

His recipe for a healthy old age is threefold:
Be particular about eating wholesome foods throughout life; enjoy fresh air and sunlight as much as possible; don't indulge in alcohol or "Lady Nicotine".

Freddie Lane has collected more than 400 swimming trophies.

His valuable collection of autographs (which he keeps in a bank) includes scores of names as incongruous together as Queen Victoria and J. B. Hobbs; Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin; Dame Nellie Melba and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"I'm very proud of my collection of Royal signatures," he said. "You can't get them now."

He also has a great collection of posters, some of which date back to his early swimming in England. On them are messages such as: "Tonight at Manchester Baths. See the All-England championships . . . See amazing Australian swimmer Fred Lane . . The baths will be lighted by electricity."

Big party
Mr. Lane has a son and daughter, three grand-children, and two great-grandchildren.
His wife died a few years ago, after 49 years of marriage.
He recalls happily that his wife went with him to the 1956 Melbourne Games when he was a guest of the Olympic Organising Committee.
"Ah, that was a millionaires' party for me," he said. 
The oldest Olympian of them all (1964, September 30). The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47808114 

Hugh Foy was also credited with helping Freddie - this time in training: 


MELBOURNE, Tuesday. - Mr. Hugh Victor Foy, who retired as managing director of Mark Foy's in 1935 and who was a well-known sporting figure in Australia, died last night at his home at Molong. Besides being well known as a sheep breeder, he was also prominent on the Australian turf. One of his horses was Murillo, a Newmarket winner. Mr. Foy trained the swimmer, F. C. Lane, the first to win an Olympic swimming championship. MR. HUGH V. FOY (1943, January 20). Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article68796154

He won around 450 trophies, including over 100 medals.

At least two sources state he lost his great collection of medals during a 1968 fire that destroyed his Mona Vale home. His collection of art, coins and stamps were also destroyed then. It is hoped, locally, that one of the other named inaugural inductees into the Australian Swimming Hall of Fame, Dawn Fraser, who would have received one of Freddie's good luck charms before heading to Tokyo in 1964, still has hers.

Freddie died on May 16th 1969 at Avalon Beach. His son Fred junior also died in 1969. His daughter Mrs Jean Rubensohn, who married Manly boy William in 1931, registered at Manly, travelled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to see him enrolled in the International Swimming Hall of Fame that same year. 

His name is engraved on the Helms World Trophy in the Helms Museum of Sport, Los Angeles, United States of America. On December 10th 1985, Lane was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

This year he forms part of those honoured in the Australian Swimming inaugural Hall of Fame inductees, but remains, for many here, the gentleman who helped found Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club from 1922 onwards.

References - Extras

  1. Freddie Lane image courtesy Olympic Gold.
  2. TROVE - National Library of Australia
  3. 1900 Olympic Games - Wikipedia.
  4. Mona Vale SLSC: The Clubhouses - Some History 
  5. Brock's The Oaks - La Corniche From 1911 to 1965: Rickards, A Coffee King, A Progressive School, A WWII Training Ground 
  6. Mona Vale SLSC Renewal - 2017
  7. Mona Vale Baths -   Mona Vale Training Grounds: From Lancers On Horses To Lasses On Transport Courses
  8. G. P. Walsh, 'Lane, Frederick Claude Vivian (1879–1969)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/lane-frederick-claude-vivian-7023/text12215
  9. Oswald Lane at Newport in Early Cricket In Pittwater: A Small Insight Into The Noble Game From 1880'S On
  10. William Scott-Fell of Mosman and Mona Vale in: Roads To Pittwater: The Sandspit Punt and Spit Bridge
  11. Sport Australia Hall of Fame biography for Freddie Lane. Retrieved from: https://sahof.org.au/hall-of-fame-member/fred-lane/


IN pursuance of section 536 (4) of the Local Government Act, 1919, and under Division 3, Part V, of the Public Works Act, 1912-, I notify that so much of the land hereunder described as is Crown Land is hereby appropriated, and so much thereof as is private properly is hereby resumed for Public Recreation purposes; and I further notify that the said land is hereby vested in the Council of the Shire of Warringah. 

Dated this sixteenth day of January, 1928.


Minister for Public Work's.

Descriptions of Land referred to.

All that piece or parcel of land situate at Mona Vale, Shire of Warringah, parish of Narrabeen, county of Cumberland, and State of New South Wales, being lots 36 to 41 inclusive, section A, deposited plan 6,195: Commencing at the intersection of the north-eastern side of Darley -street with the south-eastern side of Surfview-road; and bounded thence on the north-west by that side of Surfview-road bearing 29 degrees 45 minutes 302 feet 2\ inches; on the north-east by the south-western boundary of lot 42 of the said section A bearing 119 degrees 36 minutes 30 seconds 205 feet; on the south-east oy the south-eastern boundary of the said lots 41 to 33 inclusive, bearing 209 degrees 45 minutes 302 feet 2J inches; and on the south-west by the north-eastern side of Darley-street aforesaid bearing 299 degrees 36 minutes 30 seconds 205 feet, to the point of commencement,—having an area of 1 acre 1 rood 26 perches or thereabouts, and said to be in the possession of Elizabeth A. Allen, W. S. Nixon and F. C. V. Lane.

And all that piece or parcel of land situate as aforesaid, being lots 44 to 54 inclusive, section A, deposited plan 0,195: Commencing on the south-eastern side of Surfview-road at the northernmost corner of lot 43 of the said section A; and bounded thence on the north-west and west by the south-eastern and eastern sides of Surfview-road, being lines bearing successively 29 degrees 45 minutes 55 feet 11 inches, 37 degrees 15 minutes 472 feet 7| inches and 354 degrees 31 minutes 37 feet 8 inches; on the north by the northern boundary of the said lot 54, bearing 96 degrees 29 minutes 30 seconds 194 feet 11 inches; on the north-east by the north-eastern boundary of that lot bearing 165 degrees 15 minutes 96 feet 5 inches; on the south-east by the south-eastern boundary of the said lots 53 to 44 inclusive, bearing 217 degrees 15 minutes 566 feet 11 ½ inches; and on the south-west by the north-eastern boundary of the said lot 43, bearing 299 degrees 36 minutes 30 seconds 212 feet 9 ½ inches, to the point of commencement,—having an area of 3 acres 0 roods 2\ perches or thereabouts, and said to be in the possession of C. N. Anderson, J. M. Gibson, Bridget V. Considine, Mary M. Gorman, Mrs. C. Tatchell, N. C. Richard, A. B. Blackmore, W. S. Nixon, L. Taverney and H. R. Hunter[Misc. 1927-7,084] [11067J  NOTIFICATION OF RESUMPTION OF LAND UNDER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1919. (1928, February 3). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001), p. 614. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223010576 

Science in Athletics (1921, March 12). Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234268055 


Self-Help at Cremorne

The residents of Cremorne have for many years had a swimming pool — of sorts — but it is only recently that the pool has been made worthy of the suburb. Work has been progressing for a few years, and every Saturday afternoon has seen a band of voluntary workers mixing concrete and making platforms. Yesterday afternoon some of the workers were on the job for the last time, and the bathing pool in Shell Cove is now 110ft. long by 25ft. wide by 6ft. 6in. deep at high tide. There is a concrete platform 6ft. wide by 18ft. long by 7ft. deep, and a special brick wall has been erected to pre-vent rubbish floating into the pool at high tide. There is concrete seating accommodation for 60 or 70 bathers. An avenue of trees has been planted in the reserve round the pool. Most of the work has been voluntary by the residents of Cremorne, who have also subscribed the £65 spent during the past month. Mr. James Burnett is president of the committee, Mr. Hugh MacCallum hon. secretary, and Mr. L. A. Krone hon. treasurer. Three members of the committee have been sworn in as special constables to deal with any misguided person or persons who may feel disposed to cause disturbance.

Swimming pool built by residents of Cremorne on Saturday afternoons during a series of years. The work was finished yesterday. NEW SWIMMING POOL (1924, November 23). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223565173


MULTI-COLORED electric lights lent an air of carnival at "Mistral," the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Smidmore, Hilltop Crescent, Manly, when they entertained at a delightful dinner party in honor of the coming-of-age of their son, Mr. Albert Charles "Phil" Smidmore. Iceland poppies made a bright display in the reception and dining rooms, and the guests enjoyed music, dancing, competitions, and parlor games.  The hostess, in a pretty frock of rose pink georgette, over which she wore a rose chenille velvet mandarin jacket, received the guests. 

Many Guests 

Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. George Jacobson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank . White, Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Det. Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Hamilton, Mesdames Ash, Dyer, Knight, Misses Molly Solly, Dot Palmer, R. Edwards, Dot Clarke, Judy Burge, Ada Rubensohn, M. Underhill, Rees, O'Meagher, Hodges, E. Freudenstein, F. Solly, Maloney, Webb, Messrs. A. W. d'Apice, J. Bell, K. Schneider, F. Lane jun., W. Rubensohn, J. Whitney, P. Alchurst, A. Hague, Fred. Deaton, G. Bozique, G. Rodgers, G- Graham, F. O'Meagher, E. Merrett, A. W. Barry, M. Vaughan, H. Sproule, Eric Cherrill, and Master Knight. TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY (1928, June 15). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 22. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246777902

Miss Jean Lane, of Manly, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. V. Lane, of Cremorne, whose engagement to Mr. W. Rubensohn, of Manly, has just been announced; ( Dayne Photo). Margot's Mirror (1931, February 20). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246141280

Quietly Married

HER friends will be surprised to know that Jean Lane now signs herself Jean Rubensohn. She and Bill Rubensohn signed the register last Friday. Only two witnesses saw them married, and lunched with them afterwards at the Metropole. The pair are now settled in a flat at "Windemere," Potts Point. SOCIETY (1931, June 19). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article246249603

RUBENSOHN—LANE.—June 12 1931 Jean only daughter of Mr and Mrs F C V Lane, of Cremorne to William second son of Mr and Mrs S Rubensohn of Manly. Family Notices (1931, August 12). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16821484

Parents' Marriage:



By special license, at St. Luke's Church, Scone, on the 26th August, from the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. W. Newman, John Stoneman Lane, Esq., merchant, Sydney, eldest son of the late Captain Lane, of Cook's River, to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. F. Frederick, of this town. Family Notices (1868, September 1). The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18729218 

On Thursday, the 29th August, at his late residence, Nelson Lodge, Cook's River, Mr. Edward Lane, aged 54 years. Family Notices (1867, September 3). Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60844390 

Father – Francis Frederick – his marriage:

669/1843 V1843669 123  FREDERICK FRANCIS to MOORE ELIZABETH PN (PN: Presbyterian Church at Whittingham)  Whittingham is a locality in the Singleton Council region of New South Wales, Australia. It had a population of 364 as of the 2016 census. Whittingham Post Office opened on 16 June 1879 and closed on 31 July 1948. Whittingham Public School opened in August 1881 and closed in December 1983.

Children: Margaret – 1944 or 1943?

Moore Robert, Pitt Water; Moore Elizabeth; Moore W. R., Ship Inn; Government Gazette Notices (1843, September 8). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 1155. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230126740 

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.


In the will of Edward Lane, late of Nelson Lodge, Cooks River, ship-chandler, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof, application will be made to this Honorable Court, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament and codicils of the abovenamed Edward Lane, deceased, may be granted to Jane Lane, his widow and Executrix,—the other Executors in the said will named having renounced probate.—Dated this 2nd day of September, 1867.


Proctor for the said Executrix, 136, Pitt-street, SydneyECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. (1867, September 3). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 2141. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230054555 

Jane Lane formerly Trigg Born 1822 in England, Daughter of Henry Trigg and Amelia (Ralph) Trigg, Sister of Eliza (Trigg) Maycock, Harriet Mary (Trigg) Knight, Emma (Trigg) Milne, Amelia (Trigg) Devenish, Henry Trigg, William Trigg, Stephen Trigg and Susannah (Trigg) Farrelly, Wife of Edward Lane — married 27 Jan 1842 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Mother of John Stoneman Lane

Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal (WA : 1833 - 1847), Saturday 30 April 1842, page 2; MARRIED. At Perth, by the Rev. J. B. Wittenoom, Colonial Chaplain, on the 27th instant, Edward Lane, Esq., of Albany, to Jane, daughter of Mr. Henry Trigg, Superintendent of Government Works.

Edward Lane; Born 1813 in England, United Kingdom.

John was born in 1843. He is the son of Edward Lane and Jane Trigg.

John Stoneman Lane 1843-1923 - Ancestry®; Born in Strawberry Hill, Sydney, NSW on 23 Mar 1843 to Edward Lane and Jane Trigg. John Stoneman Lane had 11 children. He passed away on 06 Mar 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

John Stoneman Lane family tree

Parents; Edward Lane 1813 - 1867, Jane Trigg 1822 - 1869

Horace Gordon Lane 1868 - 1941
Lillian Madeline Lane 1869 – 1959
Florence Ida Lane 1870 - 1923
Oswald George S Lane 1872 – 1931
Evelyn Irene Lane 1874 – 1943
Frank Frederick Lane 1875 – 1875
Florence Ada Lane 1876 - 1958
Clarice Adela Millicent Lane 1877 - 1950
Frederick Claude Vivian Lane 1880 - 1969
Muriel Dagmar Lane 1891 - 1963

NOTICE is hereby given, that the business lately carried on by John Stoneman Lane and Henry Lane, as representatives of the late Jane Lane, deceased, as ship chandlers, under the style or firm of Lane & Co., will in future be carried on by Edward Lane and the said Henry Lane, who have purchased such business, and are now the only persons interested therein.

J. S. LANE. 



Notice is hereby given that the above-mentioned John Stoneman Lane will carry on the business of a ship chandler at, Newcastle as heretofore, on his own account, under the style or firm of John Lane & Co. J. S. LANE. 422—1 14s. NOTICE is hereby given, that the business lately carried on by John Stoneman Lane and Henry Lane, as (1872, January 25). New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900), p. 229. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223085627 


Mrs. J. S. Lane, wife of Mr. John Stoneman Lane, one of the earliest shipowners and ship chandlers of Sydney and Newcastle died early yesterday morning at 151 Victoria-street North Darlinghurst, after a long Illness. Mrs. Lane has left three sons and four daughters, viz., Mr, O.G.S. Lane, of Messrs, Lane and Dawson, Ltd.; Mr. F.C.V. Lane, of Messrs. Smith and Lane; Mr. H. Gordon Lane, Mrs. Peter McWilllam, of Edgecliff; Mrs. Percy Sheridan, of North Sydney; Mrs. Tom Niccol, of Woollahra; and Mrs. Youngs, of Darlinghurst. MRS. J. S. LANE. (1923, January 23). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16030805 


The death occurred on Tuesday of Mr. John Stoneman Lane, who for many years was a familiar figure in shipping circles. The late Mr. Lane was reputed to be the oldest ship chandler in New South Wales. In the early days he had a warehouse at Circular Quay. He then lived in what is known now as Reiby-lane, off Pitt-street, which at that time, was a residential quarter, and he was taught by his father, Captain Lane, to swim in the Tank Stream, near where Gibbs, Bright, and Co.'s office is now situated, and he played cricket as a boy where the Royal Exchange stands to-day. In those days Circular Quay was merely a timber yard, and the wool clippers loaded on the eastern side from planks, as wharfs were unknown. 

He owned the schooners Zephyr and John S. Lane in conjunction with his brother, also the steamers Jenny Lind and Cygnet and the whaler brig Phyllis. The Cgynet ran to Manly as a ferry boat in opposition to the Manly Ferry Company, shares in which at that time could be bought at 1/ each, but with a liability of 30/. Mr. Lane is survived by three sons and four daughters—Messrs. O.G.S. Lane (Lane and Dawson, Ltd.), F.C.V. Lane (Smith and Lane), and H.G. Lane, Mrs. Muriel Youngs, Mrs. Percy Sheridan, Mrs. Peter M'William, and Mrs. Nicol.

The funeral took place at South Head Cemetery yesterday, when the Rev. Cherry officiated. The chief mourners were Messrs. O. G.S. Lane, F.C.V. Lane, and H.G. Lane (sons), Mr. Percy Sheridan (son-in-law), and Mr. G.P. Sheridan (grandson). There were also among those present Commander Lambton, Captain Yates (Victoria Barracks), Messrs. Alex. Smith (representing Smith and Lane), Walter Armstrong (representing Lane and Dawson), J. Harris, Ivan Nelson (representing Nelson and Robertson), Alvey Porter (representing Porter and Sons, A. Earnshaw (representing Kirton and Earnshaw), Matthew Fox, R.J.J.S. Lord, R.K. Woley, Lance Daw-son, E. Williams, A. Bowden, E. Patrick, and A.C. Laman. Mr. J. S. LANE. (1923, March 8). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16058210 



Mr. John Stoneman Lane, the oldest ship chandler in New South Wales, died yesterday /horning at his residence, 151 Victoria St., Darlinghurst, In the early days he had his warehouse at Circular Quay, on the bank of the Pitt street canal. He lived in what is known now as Reiby Lane, off Pitt Street, which at that time was a residential quarter. He was taught by his father, Captain Lane, to swim in the creek, known as the Tank Stream, which extended from Circular Quay to the G.P.O., with a bridge over Bridge Street (hence the name), where Gibbs, Bright's office is now situated, and he played cricket as a boy where the Royal Exchange stands to-day. In those days Circular Quay was merely a timber yard, and the wool clippers loaded on the eastern side from planks, as wharves were unknown. Mr. Lane owned the schooner Zephyr, the John S. Lane (in conjunction with his brother), the steamer Jenny Lind, the Cygnet, and the whaler brig Phylis. The Cygnet ran to Manly as a ferry boat, in opposition to the Manly Ferry Company. 

When the Russian scare was on, and Australia was alarmed that she was going to be captured by the Russians, the British Admiralty sent out sailing ships, laden with wire rope, which was intended to be thrown across the harbor from Watson's Bay to Middle Head, with the object of entangling the Russian fleet, and then leaving the guns at the Heads to destroy the invaders. But the wire rope was never used for this purpose. It was put to better advantage for the rigging of sailing vessels. This rope was eventually auctioned by the Government, and purchased by Mr. Lane. 

On January 22 last Mr. Lane lost his wife. The golden wedding of the old couple was celebrated four years ago. Mr. Lane leaves three sons and four daughters: — O. G. S. Lane (Lane and Dawson, Ltd.), F. C. A. Lane (Smith and Lane). H. G. Lane. Mrs. Muriel Youngs, Mrs. Percy Sheridan, Mrs. Peter M'William and Mrs. Nicol. The funeral will leave his late residence at 11 a.m. to-day, for South Head Cemetery.  LATE MR. LANE. OBITUARY (1923, March 7). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article245836703 


This handsome little steamship, the property of the proprietary (of which Messrs. Watchorn Bros, are the agents, in addition to being members of the firm), put in an appearance, at last, in the waters of the Cove at 9 p.m. yesterday.

The Cygnet is a magnificent boat of her class, and it is to be hoped the day is not far distant when several of her class will steam over our waters. The trade of the Huon and Channel ports which has been on the increase for some years past, and the splendid facilities which offer in the way of cheap and expeditious water carriage, particularly with steam, induced the proprietary to send home an order to the firm of Messrs. Davis and Clow, boat builders and engineers, of St. Helen's Wharf, Abingdon, to build them a suitable and swift boat, fitted with all the latest improvements to meet the increased traffic.

A model of the class of boat demanded was submitted, and the upshot of the negotiations was that the Cygnet was launched in the month of September last, receiving her christening at the hands of Mrs. Clow, in the presence of a large number of spectators, and was sent gliding smoothly into the element in which the new craft was destined to meet with some rough times before reaching her destination.

The Cygnet is a flush-decked vessel, with a hurricane deck over the engine space, about 30ft. long. There is 6ft. 6in. of head room under this deck, and the sides are opened up 6ft so as to give an unobstructed view from the main deck. The deck cabin for the captain and engineer are situate on the main deck, under the fore end of the hurricane deck. A galley capable of cooking for 50 people, is also fitted under this deck. The hurricane deck is reached by a teak ladder with brass treads and handrails, and affords ample space for promenade purposes. The lamp and store-room is under the main deck forward, the companions and skylights being of teak neatly paneled.

The saloon in right aft, and access is obtained by a straight and not steep stairway. The salon table is of polished mahogany and will seat 26 people. Seats are with reversible backs and seats upholstered in crimson velvet are provided to place around the saloon. The other fittings of this apartment are a swing tray for ornamental glass over the table, a marble-topped sideboard with a plated rail, two umbrella stands, a neat stove with brass funnel and fire-irons, a clock, and rubber mats at foot of stairs. The lighting is supplied in the daytime by a flat-topped skylight (which can be utilised for sitting on) and side-sliding windows of embossed glass, protected by wire screens, and at night by neat swinging oil lamps.

On one side of the stairs is the ladies' saloon and lavatory. This is also a handsome little apartment, and will be provided with seats upholstered in crimson velvet, and is fitted with a large mirror and a neat fold up lavatory basin. On the opposite side of the stairs is a pantry fitted up with all the necessary requisites, and furnished with hot water which is heated by the steam from the boiler. The crew are housed in a forecastle forward which is fitted in the best manner possible, and between this and the boat's straight stem is a collision bulkhead down through the flooring, which again, as a double bottom, forms an additional compartment, 'giving safety in the event of hitting a rock.

The Cygnet has a forehold and an after one. The former has a measured space of 40 tons, and the latter a space of 20 tons. The fore hatchway is 10ft. by 6ft., and the after one 4ft. by 4ft. A permanent awning deck extends flush with the bridge to the taffrail, and sparred seats are fitted all round the decks.

The steering wheel, which is of mahogany, is on the forepart of the hurricane deck, near which is the standard compass and the engine-room telegraph. The engines are compound surface condensing direct acting ones, with boiler 11ft, by 9ft. The cylinders are 16in. and 32in., and the length of stroke 18in. These, which have been fitted in by Messrs. Penn, McLachlan and Co., of Paisley, are estimated to drive the vessel at a speed of 11 knots. The engine-room is nicely fitted and roomy, and measures 26ft. by 8ft. For doing away with the chafe which the sides of the vessels are subjected to in taking them alongside wharves, a strong sponson of elm extends for 100ft. amidships. This is faced with converse iron, and well secured to vessel's sides with countersunk through bolts. The coal bunkers are ample enough to contain coal for 150 miles steaming at full 10 knots.

The dimensions of the Cygnet are- Length over all, 120ft.: beam, 17ft 3in.; depth of hold, 9ft.; and she will accommodate 400 passengers, besides 80 tons of cargo on a 6ft draft. For a few foot each end the bulwarks of the Cygnet are closed in, but the remainder are opened, formed by wrought iron stanchions, 4ft. apart. Through these are rove two galvanised iron rails, the whole being surmounted with a greenheart rail. Moveable gangways are fitted in where required, and strong galvanised iron wire netting and canvas screens are provided for bad weather. The voyage of the Cygnet has been an unusually lengthy one, and, inclusive of stoppages, which have been numerous, on account of the machinery breaking down at various points of the voyage has occupied 172 days. At times some exceptionally rough weather was met with, but Captain Hortin states that the smart little vessel was fully equal to the occasion, and proved herself an excellent sea boat.

The Cygnet left London on the 17th of February, at 3.30 p.m., calling at Weymouth on the 19th. Gibraltar was reached on the 28th February, a three days' westerly gale having to be buffeted with. Port Said was reached on the 10th of March, and a departure taken on the 11th. Passed through the Canal, and left it on the 13th. Arrived at Aden on the 20th March, leaving on the 22nd for Colombo. On the 25th of March, when off Socotra, the engine stopped dead, owing to the slide valve getting out of order; and the rest of the journey to Colombo had to be made with the single engine. Arrived at Colombo on the 3rd April. And after effecting repairs to the engine, left on the 7th April.

On the 11th of April another disaster occurred to the machinery, the high pressure engine slide valve going, which compelled resort once more to the single engine to get on to Singapore, which was reached on the 16th April. A departure was taken from Singapore on the 28th April, but on the 2nd May the slide valve got once more out of order, which further delayed the voyage. Put into Sourabaya on the 4th May, and stayed there until the 4th of June to effect repairs to the machinery.

Arrived at Port Darwin on the 15th June, and left on 21st for Thursday Island to coal. Thursday Island was bid 'good bye to on the 1st July, and the steamer coasted down inside the Barrier Reefs, reaching Townsville on the 12th July, staying there until the 17th, when a start was made for Newcastle, which was reached after a fairly fine weather passage on the 29th July.

On arrival there the command of the Cygnet was taken by Captain O. Lewis, who was sent over by the agents to pilot her to this port. The Cygnet left Newcastle on the 4th inst., and had strong winds and heavy sea to contend with the greater part of the trip, shipping much 'water at times. Rounded the Pillar at 2 p.m. yesterday, and anchored off Perry's Point at 9 p.m. after a couple of hours dodging about waiting for the health officer to board. A few days will see all the fittings 'of the vessel in their proper places, and the Cygnet will then be well worth a visit to those who wish to inspect a sightly little vessel fitted with all the latest appliances.

The Cygnet will berth alongside today. SHIPPING. (1886, August 9). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9125352 


Excursion Trip of the Cygnet

Manly New Ferry Co. celebrated the accession of the steamer Cygnet to their fleet by an excursion to Manly yesterday after noon, at which there was an attendance of about 250, including directors, shareholders and others, and a considerable number of ladies. Among those present wore Messrs. H. S. Badgery (chairman of directors), J. W. Smart, J. German, S. C. Saddler, Captain Napier (chairman of Balmain directors New Ferry Co.), T. Airdley, Lane, W. J. Pente, W. N. Vanderhook, Boyd, J. Pope, F. Wilson, Kebblewhite, J. Lane, H. Bainson, H. Prince, W. G. German (secretary to the company). As stated in the Star on her arrival here from Hobart early in February last, the Cygnet is a steel screw steamer of 124 tons gross measurement, built in 1885 at Glasgow by Davis and Clow, and engined by Bow, M'Lachlan and Co., of Paisley, the registered owner being Mr. W. J. Watchorn, of Hobart. Her dimensions arc Length, 120ft.; beam, 17ft. 3in.; depth, 8ft, 7in. Her engines are compound, the cylinders being 16in. and 32in., with stroke of 18in. The boilers carry a pressure of 1001b. to the square inch. 

The steamer was originally rigged as a fore-and-aft schooner, but the masts have been taken out of her. She has an extensive promenade, or bridge deck. She has two snug tied saloons, with large windows, giving a good view of what may be going on while the vessel is steaming down the harbor or across the Heads. For cosy travelling on the early morning trips or at night in flirty weather there is an exceptionally cosy saloon aft on the lower deck. The main deck is devoted for the 120 feet of its length to passengers, and there is ample seating accommodation and plenty of room to move about. 

The alterations to the vessel were carried out under the superintendence of Mr. Walter Reeks, while the machinery department was placed in working order by Messrs. Halliday Bros. Altogether the Cygnet is a fine acquisition to the excursion fleet of Port Jackson. MANLY NEW FERRY CO. (1894, April 7). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article227218945 


The steamer Cygnet, which was formerly engaged running from Hobart to Channel ports, commenced running in the Manly Beach ferry trade, Sydney, on Saturday last, for which trade she was purchased from her Hobart owners.

A Sydney exchange states: The Cygnet is a screw steamer built of steel throughout, is 120ft long with a beam of 17ft 3in, and draws about 8ft of water. She has lately been purchased by Messrs Lane, of Sussex-street, who have completely transformed her into a modern harbour passenger steamer. She has three air-tight compartments, and a collision bulkhead forward. The engines were built by Davis and Clow, of Abingdon, Bucks, and are compound surface condensing, with 16in and 30in cylinders, with horse power 45 nominal. A new four-bladed propeller has been fitted, with a pitch of 11ft 6in, which gives her a speed of nearly 12 miles per hour. The engine-room is in charge of Mr French.

The electric light machinery is situated in the engine-room, on the starboard side. The dynamo is worked by belting from a small Tangye engine, with a steam pipe to the main boiler. This dynamo regulates about 30 lights, which are distributed over different parts of the vessel. Suitable switches have been arranged for turning the lights on and off. The masthead and side lights have been fitted with duplicate electrical burners, so that in the event of any possible failure of one burner, the other will remain. This part of the additions has been carried out by Messrs Woodhouse and Rawson, under the supervision of their engineer, Mr J. B. Sainton, and it is said to be without doubt one of the finest marine jobs of electric installation.

While the engine-room has been receiving every attention, the deck improvements have been pushed on. Messrs Peterson and Co, the contractors for the deck-house, joinery. etc., have, under the superintendence of Mr H. Behm, carried out their work most expeditiously and satisfactorily, and received many congratulations from those who were present on Friday. Comfortable saloons have been built fore and aft, and have been made replete with every convenience necessary for the comfort of the travelling public. These saloons have been fitted with seating accommodation constructed of kauri, redwood, Oregon, and cedar, and have been tastefully upholstered and cushioned. Off the saloon downstairs are to be found the lavatories and other conveniences.

Access to the promenade deck above is gained by means of spiral staircases fore and aft. On this deck every inch of room has been made use of for the comfort of passengers. On the main deck forward is situated the smoking saloon, which is equally as comfortable and complete as the saloon aft. The company has received many congratulations on having obtained the Cygnet, which will doubtless soon become a favourite in the fleet. THE STEAMER CYGNET. (1894, April 18). Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39504264 


The Captain of the Cygnet Explains.

'In connection with the slight collision which occurred off Middle Head on Friday afternoon between the steamer Cygnet, of the New Manly Co-operative steam Ferry Co, a service, and the steamer Balmain, of the old Balmain Ferry Co., the master of the Cygnet (Mr. T. A. Capurn) wishes to give his version of the accident in contradiction to reports which have been published. He says: "The Cygnet left the Circular Quay at half-past 2 for the main pier at Manly. When we rounded Bradley's Head the Balmain was well on our starboard bow, standing well out, and I steered a course on her port side, near the western shore. At Middle Head the Cygnet, being the faster boat, overhauled the Balmain, which was steering the same course, and, for all I knew, was going across towards Manly for a trip round the harbor. Anyhow, we were both steering the same course as we passed the head, and the Balmain was then abaft the Cygnet's funnel on the starboard side. I steered straight for Manly wharf, and just then the Balmain blew one short blast of the whistle, which meant that the captain of that boat was about to port his helm, having course the effect of putting the boat a-starboard. Instead of that, however, the steamer came round to port, and just us the Cygnet was almost clear of her the nose of the Balmain grazed the stern of the Cygnet. There was no smash and little excitement, as the boats only touched." CYGNET AND BALMAIN COLLISION. (1894, November 12). The Australian Star (Sydney, NSW : 1887 - 1909), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article227494306 


The Manly Co-operative Company's steamer Cygnet met with an accident in the harbor yesterday. She was Just completing her 11.30 a.m. trip from Manly, and was within 200yds. of the Sydney wharf when her shaft carried away. The company's steamer Marra Marra went to her assistance, and having towed her in for the purpose of landing her passengers, took her round to the Pacific Engineering "Works, Darling Harbor, to have the damage remedied. The shaft was a comparatively new one, having only been placed in the boat a little over 12 months ago. MISHAP TO A MANLY STEAMER. (1896, February 6). The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article238697670 

THE STEAMER CYGNET ASHORE. A strong southerly gale was blowing in Sydney yesterday which greatly impeded the movements of the shipping. and during the heavy squalls the Manly Ferry steamer Cygnet met with an accident on her 12.30 trip from Sydney. On reaching the wharf the wharfinger failed to catch the stern line thrown to him, and the result was that the vessel slewed round by the stern, and, despite the attempts of Captain Hart to get clear away astern, she grounded broadside on the beach. The passengers were then landed on to the wharf over the bows. The stiff southerly drove the launch further up by degrees, and when the Narrabeen reached Manly an hour later a line was passed round the stern of the Cygnet, and after four attempts the Narrabeen succeeded in pulling the stranded vessel out. The Cygnet had smashed about 12ft of the woodwork of the wharf through her bumping. THE STEAMER CYGNET ASHORE. (1896, July 23). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article136259321 

Foy family support:

The Late Mr' Francis Foy

A Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mr. Francis Foy, managing director of Mark Foy, Ltd., Sydney, particulars of whose death appeared in, our last issue, was celebrated in St. Patrick's Church, Churchhill, on Thursday last by the Very Rev. Father P. Piquet, -S.M.., in ' the presence of a large gathering- of representative citizens.

Later information concerning the death of the deceased gentleman shows that Mr. Foy, with his wife, daughters and some personal friends, visited the Melbourne Racing Carnival, where he saw the Derby and Cup contested. But an the midst of the festivities serious symptoms of illness became manifest. 

On November 11 he left Melbourne, but so ill did he feel that he had to be assisted to the train, while at Albury his personal friends had to remove him from one train to the other. He still continued to grow worse. Shortly after the train left Goulburn Mr. Foy quietly passed away, surrounded by his wife, his two daughters, his brother-in-law (Mr. Flanagan), Mrs. G. T. Clarke, Mrs. Burgess, Mrs. W. P. M'Elhone-and Alderman G. T. Clarke. Many of his friends were awaiting the arrival of the train at Sydney Railway Station, but without any knowledge of his death, although several messages intimating his condition had been wired during the journey from Melbourne, but these had not been delivered. The body of the deceased was removed by the- ambulance to Messrs. Wood, .Coffill and Co.'s mortuary chambers. 

It is interesting to note that a daughter of the deceased is a nun of the Sacred Heart Order, and has been for years Mother Malta, of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Malta, where 'during the war in Gallipoli she was a great friend to the Australian soldiers. She has a large number of Maltese children under her care, to whom she' teaches Australian songs, and on the occasion of . one public celebration the children sang these songs, which greatly, delighted the Australian visitors. At the close of the Mass in 'St. , Patrick's the Rev. Father Piquet paid a graceful tribute to the memory of the deceased, and gave words of consolation to the mourners,. dwelling upon the unostentatious generosity of the late Mr. Foy, and instancing many cases where the purse of deceased was ever open to help forward a commendable object. He spoke personally' of gifts of money which Mr. Foy had presented to St. Patrick's. Church. In other Catholic charitable spheres the name of Mr. Foy was also recorded with 'feelings of appreciation. 

As the funeral left the church for the South Head cemetery the children of St. Martha's Industrial Home, Leichhardt, sang devotional hymns. Among- those present at the church ( and at the graveside were the widow, Mr. Chester Foy, Dr. Donovan Foy (sons), Miss Olga Foy, Miss Hazel Foy, Mrs. Newland (daughters), Mr. Mark Foy, Mr. Victor Foy (brothers), Mr. H. M. Macken, Dr. Newland, Mr. J. C. Foy, Mrs. A. Flanagan (sister-in-law), Mr. J. Flanagan. 

The directorate of Mark Foy was represented by Messrs. J. J. Smith (brother-in-law of deceased), M. Hegarty, T, J. Robb, F. V. Martin (general manager), J. W. Cox (secretary of .the company). The management and departments and commercial branches were represented by Messrs. F. Walker, J. Nigan, A.. Peer, T. Walker, H. Hernnings, W. Mooney, V W. Milling, VV. Martin', A. Penlington, W. Bond, E. Ring, J. W. Cox., Foster, Twycross, Elston, and T. M'Carthy (Melbourne representative), W. Fraser, T. Hanagan. Others present included: Sir William M'Millan, Alderman A. M'Elhone, Dr. G. Williams, Dr. Rennie, Rev. Father A., Wogan, O.F.M., Rev. Father Rouillac, S.M., Dr. C. W. MacCarthy, Dr. M'Elhone, Brother J. N. Moore (Christian Brothers), Messrs.. J. Burnett, A. B. Roper (Sargood Brothers), H. Curl (M'Arthur and Co.), H. A. Simpson (Paterson, Laing and Bruce), H. Nutter (Alcock Brothers), E. Grigson (Robert Red and Co.), G. T. Clarke, G. H. Smithers,. T. Flanagan (Melbourne), J. H. De Courcy ('Freeman's Journal'), Wynne Roberts, W. Dugall, M. Ellis (Melbourne), W. P. M'Elhone, Mr. G. Ward, Frank M'Elhone, J. B. Shortland (Borsdoff and Co.), W. L. Middleton (Union Bank, Castlereagh street branch), Herbert Priestly, R. Sutherland, F. Strange, R. J. Banks, H. G. Bryant, D. Barry, G. Minneryv James G. Edwards, K. Oniske, A. Pittar, G. S. M'Kellar, T. M. Slattery, A. Patterson, M. Doonan, M. Burke, H. Hardigan, John Forde, T. Cullen, S. Moore (Melbourne), R. VV; Fraser, J. Daly (handicapper, A.J.U.), Mr. Power., R. Coombes (National Coursing Association), J. Bateman, T. Payten, R. O'Connor, J. Samuels, J. Allsop, J. Cook, E. Keys. James Stuart, C. Bennett, T. Cook. M. Deery, Dr. Daly, T. Flanagan, W. A. Phelan, D. Flanagan. Alderman G. T. Clark, Dr. Foy, Dr. G. M'Elhone, W. Alsopp, JB. J. Moloney, W. Robinson, T. H. King, R... W. Penlington, G. Forster, A. A. Mooney, G. J. Munnery, G. Howell, R. T. Hutchinson. A. R. Elston, Percy Hunter, H. Kahl, T. Donohue, G. H.. Dunlop, V. Kean. J. O'Connor, J. Forde, M. Collins, D. O'Reilly, J. Seage, W. M'Carthy, W. Johnston (D. S. M'Phael), M. Ellis, T. Power, D. Connolly, J. J. Mullen, W. Ward, J. Stapleton, S. Thrum, T. T. Garry, G. Larkin, J. Wash, J. Fletcher (Coogee), P. M. Mahon, E. S. Ward, E. Tiernan, H. E.-Mulcahy, W. J. Graham, E. Crisp, P. Ryan, J. Bergin, T. Walker, F. C. V. Lane, J. Cusack, J. Minaihan, W. Bond, W. Martin, H. Odbert (Nicholson and Co.), E. Painter, H. H. Mason, L. Lawrence, J. P. Bradley, A. M'Dowd, J. T. Turner, P. Quinn, B. Barnett, A. B. O'Hehir, W. Mitchell, P. J. Carroll, O. Woods. At Rose Bay upwards of 400 employees of the firm marched in procession to the South Head cemetery. At the graveside Father Piquet officiated and in a short panegyric made reference to the life of the deceased. The funeral arrangements wore carried out by Wood, Coffill and Co. Ltd.— R.I.P. The Late Mr. Francis Foy (1918, November 21). Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932), p. 15. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116785695


MELBOURNE, Tuesday. - Mr. Hugh Victor Foy, who retired as managing director of Mark Foy's in 1935 and who was a well-known sporting figure in Australia, died last night at his home at Molong. Besides being well known as a sheep breeder, he was also prominent on the Australian turf. One of his horses was Murillo, a Newmarket winner. Mr. Foy trained the swimmer, F. C. Lane, the first to win an Olympic swimming championship. MR. HUGH V. FOY (1943, January 20). Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article68796154


A wonderful surf rescue story comes from tranquil Mona Vale, a growing seaside resort near Manly, where this season a surf life-saving club was established. One of its most enthusiastic members is Mr. A. W. Slater, who lives at Bay View, Manly. Recently Slater passed his life-saving tests and obtained his bronze medallion. On Monday Mrs. Thomas, matron of Twilight House, Mosman, and her daughter Naide were spending the day on Mona Vale beach with the three male grandchildren of Mrs. Thomas, who lives at Florence-Avenue, Pymble. 

About 4 p.m. Mrs. Thomas and her daughter entered the ladies' dressing sheds. .The eldest boy took the other two children into the men's sheds. They were all going in for a dip, and it was arranged they should meet on the beach outside the sheds.

'He's Dead!' 

When, they came out, however, Billy, who is only three years old, was missing, and the others didn't know where he had gone. Mrs. Thomas and her daughter hurriedly searched the beach and surroundings, but to no avail. Then Miss Thomas noticed something tossing in the water just beyond the first line of breakers. She ran to the edge. It was her nephew being swiftly carried out to sea. As the waves rolled down she saw that his little face was black. Realising that there wasn't a moment to lose, she waded in and snatched Billy from the sea. 

There wasn't a sign of life in him. His face was blacker still, and his cold, limp body bore the pallor of death. His heart and pulse made no response even to the trained ear and fingers of his matron grandmother. She examined him closely and said, 'He's dead!' But one of the tiny crowd that had gathered cried out 'I'll 'phone Narrabeen for a doctor — and get Slater.' 

He took some minutes to find him in the tiny township, but Slater left his horse and cart — he is a carrier — and made for Mona Vale post haste. The little body was lying on a coat on the sand when Slater arrived. 'You can do nothing with him,' the onlookers said, ''he was in the water too long.' Slater knew he had to do things; not see them or talk about them. So he turned Billy over and began to rub him. For a quarter of an hour he swayed to and fro with his strong hands rising and descending over the boy's lungs ; but the face seemed to grow blacker still and the flesh colder. For another 15 minutes, he continued his efforts to snatch the life of this baby surfer from the clutches of the Reaper, but still the onlookers told him it was all so use 'Doctor is Out.' He went on more determined than ever. Perspiration streamed down his face and his arms grew tired. 

Summoning up all his strength and concentration he kept to his task and, in ten minutes that seemed ten hours of anxiety the tiny water-clogged lungs were opened. It was new hope for Slater, and it urged him on the more. The man who found Slater returned. 'It's no use,' he' whispered, 'I can't get the doctor. He's out on a call.' And then Billy's wet, curly head moved; he began to breathe ever so slightly. A few more gentle pressures, and his eyes opened. Death had given up the fight. 

The crowd, which had increased in the meantime, was amazed. The anxious matron regarded it as a miracle. Slater regarded it — just as something for which the Mona Vale Surf Club had been founded. The child recovered completely after a while, and Slater carried him to the La Corniche Hotel, a little distance away where it was given stimulants, a hot bath, and chocolate. 

An hour after wards he carried him to the tram and waved him good-bye. 'Good-bye, Mitter,' said Billy, his blue-pink nose poking out of the heavy cloak granny had tucked around him. 

The fact which adds to the lustre of Slater's work is the infancy of his first patient, and his saving of Billy Thomas life reflects magnificent credit not only upon himself, but upon his club and the main, modest governing Association a well. The president of the Mona Vale Club is Mr. F. C. V. Lane, formerly one of the most distinguished swimmers. The secretary is Mr. J. G. Blackwood, of Starkey and Starkey, York-street, and the treasurer Mr. L. Grant, of Mona Vale. "HE'S DEAD" (1923, February 25). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120541900

Mona Vale SLSC's Frederick Claude Vivian Lane - Gold Medal Olympian At Paris 1900 Games: A Few Insights Into A Local Legend  - threads collected and collated by A J Guesdon, 2022 - reprised for Paris 2024 Olympic Games