Shirley Strickland

Athlete from Australia

Shirley Strickland Shirley Barbara Strickland AO, MBE (18 July 1925 – 11 February 2004), later Shirley de la Hunty, was an Australian athlete. She won more Olympic medals than any other Australian in running sports. Shirley was the only daughter, the second of five children. She grew up on the family farm east of the wheatbelt town of Pithara, Western Australia. Her father, Dave Strickland, while a worker at Kalgoorlie in the goldfields of Western Australia, Australia was also an athlete. He was unable to compete in the 1900 Summer Olympics because he lacked the money for a trip to Paris. Instead, in 1900, he directed his efforts to the Stawell Gift 130-yard (120-m) foot-race, winning in 12 seconds off a handicap of 10 yards. His performance was considered to be as good as Stan Rowley's times, which won the Australian amateur sprint titles that season. (Rowley went on to win three bronze medals in the sprints at the 1900 Paris Olympics). Dave Strickland subsequently went on to play one senior game of Australian Rules football with Melbourne-based VFL team St Kilda in 1900 and six with WAFL club West Perth spread across the 1901 and 1909 seasons. Her mother, Violet Edith Merry, was American-born with  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Shirley Strickland-de la Hunty,Shirley Barbara Strickland,Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Date of birth
Place of birth
Politician, Athlete


Institution From To
University of Western Australia


Date of death
Cause of death
Stroke,Myocardial infarction
Place of death

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