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Mike Troy and two unidentified male swimmers at the US National Championships in Chicago, 1963

Mike Troy (centre) was an American butterfly swimmer who two gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.


John Konrads (b 1942) was a Latvian immigrant who came to Australia with his family at age 7 as a refugee after World War II. He and his sister Ilsa trained together and became teenage swimming sensations and poster children for the Australian Government’s ‘Beautiful Balts’ immigration campaign after the war. He went on to win a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. The museum holds a collection of material including personal apparel and clothing, programs, notes, awards and medals related to John Konrads' competitive career at various NSW, Australian, Commonwealth and Olympic championship events. It represents the peak of Konrads' swimming career, when he broke more than twenty world records in a range of distances from 1957-1960. Other material, including documents and singing performances from his brief television career, represent his life beyond swimming and what is now a common career path for telegenic Australian sporting champions - the media.


Photographer: John Konrads


ANMM Collection


Object no. ANMS1392[317]

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Taken sometime in 1963