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Friday morning at picturesque Petersham Pool
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Saluting John Clarke, sadly no longer telling jokes and swimming laps
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Tiles, curves and schoolgirls and the last days of Parramatta Pool
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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool
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Last drinks for Parramatta War Memorial Pool
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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole
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McIver’s in the media
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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths
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Sensory immersion at Australia’s pool in Venice
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A short poem on swimming styles at Leichhardt Pool

Friday morning at picturesque Petersham Pool

Saluting John Clarke, sadly no longer telling jokes and swimming laps

When I heard the sad news that comedian John Clarke had died, and read how he loved to be in nature, to bushwalk and photograph birds, I remembered he was a swimmer too. He’d been part of the Save Fitzroy Pool campaign back in 1994 and when I dug around in a file I found[…]

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Tiles, curves and schoolgirls and the last days of Parramatta Pool

Since I visited Parramatta War Memorial Pool last week and it closed forever on 31 March, I have been thinking about what was unique and special about this almost 58-year-old place. First of all it was the tiles – beautiful, late 1950s, diamond-shaped ceramic tiles in the original wading pool. Small spearmint and purple-grey squares in[…]

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Sunshine on my shoulder at the North Curly Rock Pool

The sign on North Curl Curl Beach yesterday said it all: ‘Best day in weeks. Enjoy.” Finally the endless rain had stopped in Sydney, the sun was out and I was walking across the yellow sand towards the North Curl Curl Rock Pool. The only problem was that I hadn’t left myself much time as[…]

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Last drinks for Parramatta War Memorial Pool

When I read Felicity Castagna’s book, The Incredible Here and Now, about two years ago I was inspired to visit Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool. In her young adult novel, she created vivid scenes of local boys, Michael and Shadi at the pool on those ‘too-hot Saturday mornings towards the end of summer’; finding a[…]

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Swimming and snorkelling in the Mollymook bogey hole

“I think this is it,” I say to my sister-in-law Kay when we reach an expanse of shallow water and ochre rocks around a headland just south of Mollymook Beach. “Is this the bogey hole?” I ask a woman in an Australian flag bikini. “To tell you the truth, I have no idea,” she says.[…]

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McIver’s in the media

Just before Christmas a journalist from an online publication, Vice Australia, contacted me about a story she was doing on McIver’s Ladies Baths at Coogee. She wanted to speak to regulars about the ocean pool and get some comments on what sets it apart from other baths in Sydney.  As I said to Neha Kale, I[…]

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Australia Day swim at wonderful Wylie’s Baths

The tide was high and the swell was up when we arrived at Wylie’s Baths this morning. It looked a bit like a washing machine and my niece Rosie and I weren’t sure about going in. But the lifeguard said it’s okay, just don’t go too close to the north end as a big wave[…]

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Sensory immersion at Australia’s pool in Venice

At the end of May, we travelled to Venice to be at the opening of The Pool – Australia’s exhibition at the 2016 Architecture Biennale. The exhibition celebrates the pool in its many natural and man-made forms in Australian life, culture, identity and architecture. I contributed photos and material to the book and broadsheet accompanying[…]

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A short poem on swimming styles at Leichhardt Pool

On the balcony at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre I watch the bodies lapping up and down and observe the different swimming styles. That girl’s head is too high and that man’s is way too low. If only the woman in the pink cap would reach out further and if she straightened her legs she’d glide[…]

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