Frederick Cavill

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Frederick Cavill, patriarch of the Cavill Family that was inducted collectively in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Frederick Cavill (1839 - 9 February 1927), nicknamed the 'professor of swimming', was born on 10 July 1839 at Kensington, London. He joined the navy as an apprentice in the royal yachts Victoria and Albert and Fairy, fought in the Baltic war, and became a professional swimmer. While teaching at Brighton, he won the English 500 yards swimming championship in 1862.


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In 1884 while in Australia, he published a 24-page pamphlet How to Learn to Swim which outlined his theories on 'natations'. All his 6 sons and 3 daughters gave demonstrations of aquatics and life-saving.

Cavill Family

All his sons were excellent swimmers who were collectively inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as Honour Swimmers in 1967.


Frederick Cavill received 3 awards, for saving life, from the Royal Humane Society, London, between 1860 and 1870, and two from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia, which also made an award to Percy Cavill, Charles Cavill, Arthur Cavill, and Sydney Cavill received medals from the National Shipwreck Relief Society of New South Wales — a total of 9 awards for bravery before 1900.

Cavill Family

The Cavill Family from Australia was collectively inducted as Honour Swimmers in 1967 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The Cavill Family included two generations of six colorful champion swimmers (1897 – 1938) who promoted swimming and set national and regional records including sons Frederick Cavill, Ernest Cavill, Charles Cavill, Percy Cavill, Arthur Cavill, Sydney Cavill and Dick Cavill, and daughters including Madeline Cavill, Alice Cavill, and Fredda Cavill.

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