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27 March 2017

Jersey Swimming Club officers

We are frequently sent old pictures from family albums, all of which help bring our family pages to life, but usually the details accompanying the photographs are fairly sketchy - perhaps names and dates, sometimes just a family name. This is an exception. The picture was sent to us by a great-granddaughter of John Pope Genge, who is standing in the centre at the back. We have come across him before: He featured in Picture of the Week as recently as last December, or at least his shop on the corner of Halkett Place and Waterloo Street did. Mr Genge was a silversmith and was in business in Halkett Place from 1884 to 1899. In addition to being a successful businessman, John Pope Genge was also a well respected member of the St Helier community. He was President of the Jersey Commercial Association in 1890, and he was President of the Jersey Swimming Club. The club was formed in 1865 and Mr Genge, who had been a member from the outset, was its president from 1892 until his death at 1899. This photograph is not of the Genge family but shows the executive of the club, and the men are seen wearing the badge of the club. It was during Mr Genge's presidency that the club's new swimming pool at Havre des Pas was opened in 1895



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