Helen Barry writes:
My great grandfather, Robert Clarke Barry, first arrived in Sandridge in 1866 as a 17 year old seaman.
Robert was born about 1849; the son of Henry Clarke Barry, a shipmaster and Johanna O’Connor, both from Ireland. His father worked the coastal areas of England. Robert was born at sea in England as the family had no…
In July 2103 Libby O’Farrell became the 100th Australian and 25th Australian woman to successfully swim the English Channel. Libby shares with us her story on tackling one of the world’s most difficult swims, from swimming at night, to jellyfish, tankers, duck fat and teamwork.
This talk was presented to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society on 22 September…
Libby O'Farrell. Photograph by Sarah Matray (News Corp)
If you missed Libby's talk on the night, you can view it here.
We are thrilled to confirm that Libby O'Farrell will be the guest speaker at our September meeting via Zoom.
In July 2103 Libby O’Farrell became the 100th Australian and 25th Australian woman to successfully swim the English Channel.
Libby will share with…
Norman Barry, well known dairyman in Port, was also a swimmer. He trained with the Port boys between the Piers. He swam in the 3 mile 'Race to Princes Bridge' in 1928 and finished in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 13 seconds.
He was awarded a certificate illustrated by Percy Lindsay from the famous Lindsay family.
The swimming race was discontinued because of…