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Speedo swimming goggles worn by Petria Thomas

Date: 1990s
Dimensions:
Overall: 45 x 130 x 40 mm, 0.02 kg
Medium: Rubber, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Petria Thomas
Object Name: Goggles
Object No: 00040006
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This pair of Speedo racing goggles was worn by champion Australian swimmer Petria Thomas in the 1990s. The blue coloured lenses were designed to reduce glare from the water and provide greater visibility in bright light, indoors and outdoors. The black rubber straps bear the manufacture's trademark.
    SignificanceThese adjustable goggles were worn by Australian Olympian Petria Thomas. They are an important example of the technological developments in swimwear and accessories made by Speedo during the 1990s.
    HistoryGoggles have been used by swimmers since the early twentieth century. They were developed to protect the eyes from irritants found in pool and sea water and increase the swimmer's vision underwater. Early designs caused safety concerns as they were often made of glass, which chipped easily and created dangerous splinters.
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