Joseph McGarity

Joseph (Joe) McGarity is a founding member of the Austinmer Otters. He was born in 1936, and moved to Austinmer with his family in 1939. Joe had previously been involved in winter swimming with a Wollongong club, and in 1962 began discussions about forming a winter swimming club in Austinmer with some surf club friends. The Austinmer Otters commenced swimming a year later in 1963.

Listen to Joseph’s Interview

Joseph’s audio interview can be downloaded here.


Austinmer Otters – Austinmer Beach – Austinmer Kiosk – Bruce Smith – Mrs Wrench – Billies – Devonshire Teas – Day Trips – South Coast Winter Swimming Group – Men’s Swimming

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Joseph McGarity’s Interview Transcript

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Joseph’s Photo Album