Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Trove Tuesday - Trudgeon

NOTABLE LADY SWIMMERS. (1924, February 13). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 13. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20681017

It's Tuesday so time for some Trove-ing.

I am currently studying Writing Family History at University of Tasmania and was thinking about my ancestors' childhoods.  Swimming sprang to mind.  

My paternal grandmother Ethel was a pretty good swimmer.  I have written about her before here.  

Her younger sister Rene was pretty good too and you can see her featured in the photo above when she visited Brisbane in February 1924.  I wonder if she was able to attend Ethel's wedding on the 18th of that month.  I suspect not.  Newspaper article dates indicate that she stayed in Queensland for a couple of weeks.  You can view my list of Rene Carrett articles here.

What intrigued me most about some of the articles though (apart from some fantastic photos) was the mention of the trudgeon or trudgen stroke.  I had never heard of it before.  Perhaps you have - particularly if you play water polo, for which apparently it is very useful.

Here is a great clip which explains how the stroke works.  And here is an interesting blog post which explains its evolution/adoption.

This is the article that mentions Rene teaching this particular stroke.

COURTEOUS VISITORS (1924, February 16). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 2. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article180042436

And here's a couple more photos of Rene found on Trove...

No title (1924, February 13). The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926), p. 9. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article217627240

No title (1924, February 22). The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926), p. 14. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article217619331
No title (1924, February 17). The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926), p. 1. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article217615710

I wish I could say that I had inherited some of my grandmother's and great-aunt's prowess in the pool.  You can be sure that I will be attempting the trudgeon/trudgen style next time I take a dip though.  And I will also keep that word up my sleeve when playing Words with Friends :)

Are you a good swimmer?  What is your favourite swimming style? Happy Trove Tuesday!


crgalvin said...

Wathced the film clip, most interesting had never heard of the trudgeon crawl. As for me, not a good swimmer but in the water most days throughout this hot weather. My style? mostly trudging through the water. 😀

crgalvin said...

Oops, should have proof read that!!

Crissouli said...

I have included your blog in INTERESTING BLOGS in FRIDAY FOSSICKING at


Thank you, Chris

Alex Daw said...

Thank you dear Chris

Jill Ball said...

I love getting in the swim but can't say I have any talent or prowess.