Edwin Flack History

Casey Little Athletics Centre compete at the facility named after Edwin Flack, this whole Reserve area was named in 1990.

Edwin Harold Flack (known as Teddy) was born November 5th 1873 in Islington, East London before he (as a 4yo) and his Family moved to Australia in 1878.

He attended Melbourne Grammar School from 1886 to 1892.

Edwin Flack gave Australia a flying start to the modern-day Olympics when he rolled into Athens unannounced in 1896. Everyone fell in love with him and he was feted by Kings and Queens and was dubbed The Lion of Athens. If Flack hadn’t made it to Greece Australia couldn’t claim to being one of only two countries to have contested every Olympic Games.

In 1896 five years before Federation and a flag , Flack won Gold Medals in the 800m and 1500m and still to this day is the only Australian Male to be a dual Gold Medalist in Track and Field Events at Olympic Games.

Edwin Flack was much more than a champion athlete; he was one of Australia’s biggest accountants. When he left school in 1892 Edwin joined his father’s accountancy partnership Davey, Flack & Co. Later this firm changed to Flack and Flack and Edwin was a partner. Flack and Flack today are known as PricewaterhouseCoopers and at one of their 2 sites in Melbourne 215 Spring Street there is the Edwin Flack Room.

Edwin Flack was a farmer and ran a picturesque property which produced top dairy herd in Victoria. This property was known as “Burnbank” in Beaumont Road in Berwick and to this day the property is still there and being run as a B&B.

Flack was not merely a “city slicker” who just came and went to his farm. He got involved with Berwick and was reportedly a donor to the primary school, buying Christmas presents for the children. He was one of the earliest financial supporters behind the Berwick K.S.P. Football Club.

Edwin Flack died January 10th 1935 aged 61 at the Mount St. Evins Private Hospital Victoria Parade Fitzroy. This was 17 days after a Prostatectomy Operation (the surgical removal of a portion of the Prostate Gland) and he died of Heart Failure suffered due to a very old standing of valvular heart disease. Flack was cremated at The Melbourne Crematorium in Fawkner (only crematorium in Melbourne at the time).

Edwin Flack’s ashes are now interned at the Berwick Cemetery (Inglis Road) in the Church of England Section.

Edwin Flack’s Olympic Record Athens 1896

All these events were covered over a 4 day period including the Opening Ceremony on the 6th April

800m Heat (6th April) 1st 2.10 

800m Final (8th April) 1st 2.11 (Gold Medalist)

1500m Final (7th April) 1st 4.33.2 (Gold Medalist

Marathon (9th April) DNF

Tennis (8th April) Singles lost First Round

Tennis (8th April) Doubles lost First Round