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Encyclopedia > 1938 British Empire Games
3rd British Empire Games
Host city Sydney, Australia
Nations participating 15 Nations of the Empire
Athletes participating 464
Opening ceremony February 5, 1938
Closing ceremony February 12, 1938
Main Stadium Sydney Cricket Ground


The 1938 British Empire Games was the third British Empire Games, the Commonwealth Games being the modern-day equivalent. Held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from February 5-12 1938, they were timed to coincide with Sydney's sesqui-centenary (150 years since the foundation of British settlement in Australia). Venues included the Sydney Cricket Ground (the main stadium), the Sydney Sports Ground, North Sydney Pool and Henson Park. An estimated 40,000 people attended the opening ceremony. A competitors' residential village was established within the grounds of the Sydney Showground. This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2008. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (, ) is a cricket stadium in Sydney. ... Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport event held every four years involving the elite athletes of The Commonwealth. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... NSW redirects here. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (, ) is a cricket stadium in Sydney. ... Sydney Sports Ground was a basic rugby league ground in Sydney, Australia. ... Henson Park is a rugby league stadium in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia. ...


The star of the games was the Australian athlete Decima Norman, who won five gold medals in track and field. Margaret Dovey, the future wife of the former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, finished sixth in the 200 yards breaststroke. Margaret Elaine Whitlam, AO, (19 November 1919-) (nee Margaret Dovey) is a prominent Australian personality and the wife of former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam. ... Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (, pronounced Goff), is an Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia. ...

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Participating teams

Countries which participated
Countries which participated

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Medals by country

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Australia Australia 25 19 22 66
2 Flag of England England 15 15 10 40
3 Flag of Canada Canada 13 16 15 44
4 Flag of South Africa South Africa 10 10 6 26
5 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 5 7 13 25
6 Flag of Wales Wales 2 1 0 3
7 Flag of Sri Lanka Ceylon 1 0 0 1
8 Flag of Scotland Scotland 0 2 3 5
9 Flag of British Guiana British Guiana 0 1 0 1
10 Flag of Southern Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia 0 0 2 2
Total 71 71 71 213

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Medals by event

Athletics

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 Yards Women Decima Norman (AUS) 11.1 Joyce Walker (AUS) 11.3e Jeanette Dolson (CAN) 11.4e
220 Yards Women Decima Norman (AUS) 24.7 Jean Coleman (AUS) 25.1e Eileen Wearne (AUS) 25.3e
80 Metres Hurdles Women Barbara Burke (SAF) 11.7w Isabel Grant (AUS) 11.7ew Rona Tong (NZL) 11.8ew
High Jump Women Dorothy Odam (ENG) 1.6 Dora Gardner (ENG) 1.57 Elizabeth Forbes (NZL) 1.57
Long Jump Women Decima Norman (AUS) 5.8 Ethel Raby (ENG) 5.65 Thelma Peake (AUS) 5.55
Javelin Women Robina Higgins (CAN) 38.28 Antonia Robertson (SAF) 36.98 Gladys Lunn (ENG) 36.41
110 x 220 x 110 Yards Relay Women Australia (AUS) 49.1 Canada (CAN) 49.9e England (ENG) 51.3e
220 x 110 x 220 x 110 Yards Relay Women Australia (AUS) 00:01:15 England (ENG) 1:17.2e Canada (CAN) 1:19.0e
100 Yards Men Cyril Holmes (ENG) 9.7 John Mumford (AUS) 9.8e Ted Best (AUS) 9.9e
220 Yards Men Cyril Holmes (ENG) 21.2 John Mumford (AUS) 21.3e Ted Best (AUS) 21.4e
440 Yards Men Bill Roberts (ENG) 47.9 Bill Fritz (CAN) 47.9e Denis Shore (SAF) 48.1e
880 Yards Men Vernon "Pat" Boot (NZL) 00:01:51 Frank Handley (ENG) 1:54.0e Bill Dale (CAN) 1:54.2e
1 Mile Men Jim Alford (WAL) 00:04:12 Gerald Backhouse (AUS) 4:12.3e Vernon "Pat" Boot (NZL) 4:12.6e
3 Miles Men Cecil Matthews (NZL) 00:14:00 Peter Ward (ENG) 00:14:06 Bob Rankine (CAN) 14:24.0e
6 Miles Men Cecil Matthews (NZL) 00:30:14 Bob Rankine (CAN) +180yd Wally Hayward (SAF) +250yd
Marathon Men Johannes Coleman (SAF) 02:30:50 Bert Norris (ENG) 02:37:57 Jackie Gibson (SAF) 02:38:20
120 Yards Hurdles Men Tom Lavery (SAF) 14.0w Larry O'Connor (CAN) 14.2ew Sid Stenner (AUS) 14.4ew
440 Yards Hurdles Men John Loaring (CAN) 52.9 John Park (AUS) 54.6e Alan McDougall (AUS) 55.2e
High Jump Men Edwin Thacker (SAF) 1.96 Robert Heffernan (AUS) 1.88 Dudleigh Shetliffe (AUS) 1.88
Pole Vault Men Andries du Plessis (SAF) 4.11 Les Fletcher (AUS) 3.97 Stuart Frid (CAN) 3.88
Long Jump Men Harold Brown (CAN) 7.43 Jim Panton (CAN) 7.25 Basil Dickinson (AUS) 7.15
Triple Jump Men Jack Metcalfe (AUS) 15.49 Lloyd Miller (AUS) 15.41 Basil Dickinson (AUS) 15.28
Shot Men Louis Fouché (SAF) 14.47 Eric Coy (CAN) 13.96 Francis Drew (AUS) 13.8
Discus Men Eric Coy (CAN) 44.75 David Young (SCO) 43.04 George Sutherland (CAN) 41.47
Hammer Men George Sutherland (CAN) 48.71 Keith Pardon (AUS) 45.11 James Leckie (NZL) 44.21
Javelin Men Jim Courtwright (CAN) 62.8 Stanley Lay (NZL) 62.21 Jack Metcalfe (AUS) 55.5
4 x 110 Yards Relay Men Canada (CAN) 41.6 England (ENG) 41.8e Australia (AUS) 41.9e
4 x 440 Yards Relay Men Canada (CAN) 00:03:17 England (ENG) 3:19.5e New Zealand (NZL) 3:22.5e

Eileen Wearne (January 30, 1912 - 6 July 2007) was an Australian athlete who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics and a medallist in the 1938 British Empire Games. ... Robina Higgins-Haight (28 April 1915-31 December 1990) was one of Canadas best female athletes in the 1930s. ...

Bowls

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Singles Men Horace Harvey (SAF) Frank Livingstone (NZL) Jack Low (AUS)
Pairs Men Walter Denison & Lance Macey (NZL) Percy Hutton & Howard Mildren (AUS) D.A. Adamson & J.R. Appleford (SAF)
Fours Men New Zealand (NZL) South Africa (SAF) Australia (AUS)

Boxing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight Men Johannes Joubert (SAF) Joseph Gagnon (CAN) Hugh Cameron (SCO)
Bantamweight Men William Butler (ENG) Hendrik Knoesen (SAF) Jack Dillon (AUS)
Featherweight Men Ansdale Henricus (CEY) James Watson (SCO) Kenneth Moran (NZL)
Lightweight Men Harry Groves (ENG) Harry Hurst (CAN) William Fulton (RHO)
Welterweight Men Bill Smith (AUS) Darcy Heeney (NZL) Andrew Tsirindonis (RHO)
Middleweight Men Denis Reardon (WAL) Maurice Dennis (ENG) Rex Carey (CAN)
Light Heavyweight Men Nicholaas Wolmarans (SAF) Cecil Overell (AUS) Joseph Wilby (ENG)
Heavyweight Men Thomas Osborne (CAN) Claude Sterley (SAF) Les Harley (AUS)

Cycling

Track

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Time Trial Men Bob Porter (AUS) 00:01:15 Tasman Johnson (AUS) 00:01:16 Ernie Mills (ENG) 00:01:16
Sprint Men Edgar "Dunc" Gray (AUS) Bob Porter (AUS) George Giles (NZL)
10 Miles Scratch Men William Maxfield (ENG) 00:24:44 Ray Hicks (ENG) Syd Rose (SAF)

Road

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Road Race Men Hendrik Binneman (SAF) 02:53:30 John Brown (NZL) 02:53:30 Ray Jones (ENG) 02:53:30

Rowing

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Single Sculls Men Herb Turner (AUS) 00:08:24 Peter Jackson (ENG) +5 lgths Robert Smith (NZL) +4 lgths
Double Sculls Men Cecil Pierce & William Bradley (AUS) 00:07:24 John Offer & Richard Offer (ENG) AKG Jackson & Robert Benedict Smith (NZL)
Coxed Fours Men Gordon Freeth, Don Fraser, Stewart Elder, Jack Fisher & Harry Kerr (AUS) 00:07:17 Oliver Clayton, Albert Hope, Ken Boswell, John Rigby & George Burns (NZL) +1.25 lgths James Temple, Max Winkler, Donald Davis, John MacDonald & Kenneth Jaggard (CAN) +0.75 lgths
Eights Men England (ENG) 00:06:29 Australia (AUS) +0.75 lgths New Zealand (NZL) +2 lgths

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Swimming

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 Yards Freestyle Men Bob Pirie (CAN) 59.6 Terry Collard (SAF) 00:01:01 Bill Fleming (AUS) 00:01:01
440 Yards Freestyle Men Bob Pirie (CAN) 00:04:55 Bobby Leivers (ENG) 00:04:55 Robin Biddulph (AUS) 00:04:56
1650 Yards Freestyle Men Bobby Leivers (ENG) 00:19:46 Bob Pirie (CAN) 00:19:59 Norman Wainwright (ENG) 00:20:17
110 Yards Backstroke Men Percy Oliver (AUS) 00:01:08 Gordon Kerr (CAN) 00:01:09 Micky Taylor (ENG) 00:01:09
220 Yards Breaststroke Men John Davies (ENG) 00:02:52 Walter Spence (BGU) 00:03:00 Jimmy Prentice (CAN) 00:03:02
4 x 220 Yards Freestyle Relay Men England (ENG) 00:09:19 Canada (CAN) 00:09:20 Australia (AUS) 00:09:33
3 x 110 Yards Medley Relay Men England (ENG) 00:03:28 Canada (CAN) 00:03:30 Australia (AUS) 00:03:32

Diving

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 Metres Springboard Diving Men Ron Masters (AUS) 126.36 Doug Tomalin (ENG) 124.78 George Athans (CAN) 117.9
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Men Doug Tomalin (ENG) 108.74 Ron Masters (AUS) 102.87 George Athans (CAN) 98.93

Swimming

Event Gold Silver Bronze
110 Yards Freestyle Women Evelyn de Lacy (AUS) 00:01:10 Dorothy Green (AUS) 00:01:11 Dorothy Lyon (CAN) 00:01:12
440 Yards Freestyle Women Dorothy Green (AUS) 00:05:40 Margaret Jeffrey (ENG) 00:05:40 Mona Leydon (NZL) 00:05:42
110 Yards Backstroke Women Pat Norton (AUS) 00:01:20 Jeanne Greenland (WAL) 00:01:22 Margot Hamilton (SCO) 00:01:23
220 Yards Breaststroke Women Doris Storey (ENG) 00:03:06 Carla Gerke (SAF) 00:03:12 Joan Langdon (CAN) 00:03:22
4 x 110 Yards Freestyle Relay Women Canada (CAN) 00:04:48 Australia (AUS) 00:04:50 England (ENG) 00:04:50
3 x 110 Yards Medley Relay Women England (ENG) 00:03:58 South Africa (SAF) 00:04:07 Australia (AUS) 00:04:10

Diving

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 Metres Springboard Diving Women Irene Donnett (AUS) 91.18 Lynda Adams (CAN) 88.27 Marie Sharkey (CAN) 81.66
10 Metres Highboard [Platform] Diving Women Lurline Hook (AUS) 36.47 Lynda Adams (CAN) 36.39 Irene Donnett (AUS) 34.57

Wrestling

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Bantamweight Men Ted Purcell (AUS) Vernon Blake (CAN) Raymond Cazaux (ENG)
Featherweight Men Roy Purchase (AUS) Larry Clarke (CAN) Joseph Genet (NZL)
Lightweight Men Dick Garrard (AUS) Vernon Thomas (NZL) Alfred Harding (SAF)
Welterweight Men Thomas Trevaskis (AUS) Felix Standen (SAF) Jeremiah Podjursky (NZL)
Middleweight Men Terry Evans (CAN) Peter Sheasby (SAF) Leslie Jeffers (ENG)
Light Heavyweight Men Eddie Scarf (AUS) Sidney Greenspan (SAF) Thomas Ward (SCO)
Heavyweight Men Jack Knight (AUS) James Dryden (NZL) John Whelan (CAN)

External links

  • Commonwealth Games Official Site
  • 1938 British Empire Games at the official Guernsey site
  • 1938 British Empire Games - Australian Commonwealth Games official website
Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ... The 1930 British Empire Games was the first of what later became known as the Commonwealth Games was held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. ... Countries which participated The 1934 British Empire Games was the second of what are now called the Commonwealth Games. ... The 1950 British Empire Games was the fourth as it is called now New Zealand. ... Countries which participated The 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... The 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Cardiff, Wales. ... Countries which participated The 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Perth, Western Australia, Australia from November 22 to December 1. ... The 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games were held in Kingston, Jamaica. ... The 1970 British Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh Scotland. ... {{Commonwealth Games | Name = 10th British Commonwealth Games | Logo = 10th British Commonwealth Games- Christchurch 1974. ... The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada // Medals by country Countries which won medals Medals by event Athletics Bowls Boxing Cycling Track Road Gymnastics Artistic Shooting Pistol Rifle Shotgun Swimming Diving Swimming Diving Weightlifting Wrestling Badminton External link 1978 Commonwealth Games - Commonwealth Games official website Categories: | | ... Matilda the Kangaroo mascot for the 1982 Commonwealth Games (shown here during her circuit of the track at the stadium during the Games Opening Ceremony, and with a silhouette of Matilda and several joey kangaroos on a large screen, during Rolf Harris segment) Matilda turns her head and winks at... The 1986 Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... The 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand from January 24-February 3, 1990. ... Countries that competed The 1994 Commonwealth Games were held August 18-28, 1994 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. ... The 1998 XVI Commonwealth Games were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 11 to September 21 making it the first Asian country to act as host and the last Commonwealth Games for 20th Century. ... The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from July 25 to August 4, 2002. ... The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Australia between March 15 and March 26, 2006. ... The 2010 Commonwealth Games are going to be held in Delhi, India. ... The 20th Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ...

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