Swimming pool stories

...Dip into tales from all over Australia

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Musings on a year in the life of The Memory Pool
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Introducing The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming
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From Kiama to Coogee and north to Bilgola: a photo essay on six ocean pools
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Coogee swim sparks memories of mostly triumphant trophy days
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From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools
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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool
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Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools
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Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool
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Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools
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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool

Musings on a year in the life of The Memory Pool

With The Memory Pool celebrating its first birthday today,  I have been reflecting on some of the highlights of the past 12 months. The launch What a wonderful gathering of family, friends and representatives from NewSouth Publishing and Writing NSW on 1 November last year. It was great to have some of the people I interviewed[…]

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Introducing The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming

I’ve been quiet on Swimming Pool Stories lately because I have been busy writing a book called The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming published by NewSouth Publishing. It will be in the book stores from 1 November but you can pre-order now at Booktopia, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Better Read Than[…]

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From Kiama to Coogee and north to Bilgola: a photo essay on six ocean pools

During our hot and humid January, these beautiful ocean pools in Sydney and south to Kiama have kept me cool, calm, revived and inspired.

Coogee swim sparks memories of mostly triumphant trophy days

We were on Cleveland Street near the Lebanese restaurants – The Prophet and Fatima’s – where I used to dine at in my uni days, when we got the call. “You came third in your age group,” my niece Rosie relayed from her friends, the Moylans. “Really?” I said. “Yes, really,” her young friends yelled[…]

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From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools

Last weekend when I visited the State Library of NSW’s Paintings from the Collection exhibition, I was taken with a painting called The Swimming Enclosure by artist Herbert Badham. It’s thought to be a depiction of the netted swimming area at Parsley Bay in Vaucluse near where the artist and his wife Enid lived, and in the[…]

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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool

  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Handstands at Petersham Pool, Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018

My first day back for the new season at Petersham Pool started with a mid-stroke wave from Hugh, followed by ‘How ya’ been,’ from hardworking lifeguard Grant, travel stories from Peter, a declaration from Michelle, ‘The water’s like silk’, and an exclamation from Cheryl, “Aren’t we lucky to have this beautiful place’. Kookaburras laughed and butcher birds sang, and after I’d finished my laps, I marked the pool’s reopening with a ‘back to when I was 10-year’s old’ celebratory handstand!

Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools

  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanYellow cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue, black, white caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanPurple cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRainbow cap, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • Malabar Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanRed cap, Malabar Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Edithburgh Tidal Pool, photo by Therese SpruhanWhite cap, Edithburgh Tidal Pool, Yorke Peninsula, SA.
  • Bronte Baths, photo Therese SpruhanFrilly cap, Bronte Baths, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanLight blue caps, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanWhite and blue caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRoyal blue cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Werri Beach Rock Pool, photo Therese SpruhanLime green cap, Werri Beach Rock Pool, Gerringong, NSW.
  • Newcastle Ocean Baths, photo Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.
  • Wombarra Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanBlack cap, Wombarra Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, photo Therese SpruhanNo cap, Mahon Pool Maroubra, NSW.

 

Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool

I was about to drive to my local indoor pool this morning but at the last minute I changed my mind. I wanted to swim outdoors and so I headed down the road to Leichhardt Pool where I had the most beautiful swim in the perfect water temperature among the steam!

  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan

Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools

On the Gold Coast last week to go to the Commonwealth Games, I was 10 again and in seventh heaven spotting pools from our hotel balcony on the 22nd floor. When I cooled off in the Avani pool, the lights reflecting gold across the water, I was 13 and reliving my excitement the first time I[…]

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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool

Since you closed yesterday for the winter months, I have been thinking about the things I will miss like walking towards you through Petersham Park, past the camphor laurels where the butcher birds sing. The ‘good mornings’ from fellow regulars, Peter, Gerard, Roger, Nick, Hugh and Michelle, and random chats at your shallow end. Being[…]

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