South Africans have set numerous swimming world records.
Colours were awarded to all South Africans who competed in international sports events.
Australian world champion Ernest Cavill toured the Cape in 1898.
Various magazines, books, and pamphlets have recorded the aquatic sports of South Africa.
Numerous South African swimmers, and coaches left to compete overseas - many never returned.
Many people have contributed their personal collections, including Dutch champion Ada Kok.
Professor Finney, Jimmy Green, Rachael Finlayson, and Alex Bulley were some of the early swimming coaches in South Africa.
Athletes like Muriel Ensore-Smith, who died young. Many remain forgotten.