november / 02


2nd November, 1902 : Somewhat unwilling police arrested a man for swimming in daylight at Manly Beach, Sydney, today, but did not press charges. William Henry Gocher took a dip in the ocean wearing a neck-to-knee costume at midday, after announcing his intention to defy local government regulations in his newspaper, The Manly and North Sydney News. At first, the police chose to ignore the lone bather. He entered the water twice, apparently unable to rouse the interest of the authorities. At this point, Mr Gocher duly criticised their lack of zeal and went out into the surf a third time, whereupon he was finally escorted from the water and interviewed. Mr Gocher has described the regulation forbidding daylight swimming as irrelevant.

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