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26 March, 2011 / Andrew Read

Australia’s first Olympic hero

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Edwin Flack won Australia’s first and second Olympic gold medals in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at the first Olympic Games held in 1896 in Athens.  He also finished third in the doubles tennis.

Flack was an accountant and was working for Price Waterhouse (later PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in London at the time of the Olympics.

Flack returned to Australia and became a partner in his father’s firm Davey Flack & Co which was renamed Flack & Flack in 1904 when Edwin became a partner.  Flack & Flack joined Price Waterhouse in 1946, eleven years after Edwin’s death.