Bertie Austin

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Albert Edison "Bertie" Austin (November 1, 1888 – February 5, 1913) was a Canadian Olympic athlete.[1] He was the second son of Albert W. Austin, a prominent businessman and founder of the Lambton Golf and Country Club.[2]

He grew up in Winnipeg, where his father ran the streetcar system. The family later moved to Toronto, and Bertie spent the latter part of his youth living at Spadina House, today a museum.

Bertie, his father, and Lambton club champion George Lyon traveled to St. Louis for the 1904 Olympics. The Olympics in that era were more casual, and to participate, one merely needed to show up and pay the entry fee. Bertie finished 65th of 75 competitors, but Lyon went on to win the gold medal.

Bertie died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in Cairo, Egypt.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Reference
  2. ^ John Goddard (11 June 2014). Inside the Museum — Spadina House. Dundurn. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-4597-3004-5.
  3. ^ Death notice, Saturday Night, February 1913.
  4. ^ "Book of Remembrance", Austin Family Papers, Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens.