Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools

A story I wrote on some of Australia’s heritage pools entitled ‘Treasured pearls of the past’ is in the travel section of The Weekend Australian, 26-27 March, 2011.

The featured pools are Manuka Pool, Canberra, Spring Hill Baths, Brisbane, Tobruk Memorial Baths, Townsville, Wylie’s Baths, Coogee, Newcastle Ocean Baths, Dawn Fraser Baths, Balmain, North Sydney Pool, Melbourne City Baths, Edithburgh Tidal Pool on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, Fonty’s Pool, Manjimup, WA and Anastasia’s Pool at Gantheaume Point near Broome.

As I say in the story: “… these pearls of the past are full of history, character, artistry and atmosphere. They are living illustrations of the changing fashions of architecture and design.

“They also tell stories about the evolving role of pools in Australian society, from an early focus on hygiene and health, to sport, recreation and pleasure.

“Not all have survived the test of time but where they have they are much-loved and treasured.”

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