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Lunchtime swim at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre
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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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Last drinks for Parramatta War Memorial Pool
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A short poem on swimming styles at Leichhardt Pool
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Down among the gum trees at West Pymble Pool
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Under the surface at Petersham Pool
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Fruit compotes, coco pops and 1970s motel pools
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A pub, a town hall and a pool or two: 1930s designs by Rudder & Grout

Lunchtime swim at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre

Autumn trees turning the hydrotherapy pool red, helping Robert, a stroke survivor put his sandals on, lime green reflections, gold glows, old men slapping the water down hard, a guy in the corner reading Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, a kaleidoscope of colours and a lane all to myself.

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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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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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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Down among the gum trees at West Pymble Pool

As I crawled up the Pacific Highway on Saturday morning, I wondered if I was going to make it to the West Pymble Pool. But after Chatswood the traffic began to flow and it wasn’t long before I reached Gordon where my friend Margie B was waiting for me. For more than a year Marg and[…]

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Under the surface at Petersham Pool

In the final days before Petersham Pool, aka Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre, closes for the colder months I have been taking photos below the surface where the light creates beautiful shapes, refractions and reflections. As I swim along it’s as if I am looking through a kaleidoscope!

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Fruit compotes, coco pops and 1970s motel pools

Every January when my family holidayed on the NSW north or south coast we didn’t travel far enough to stop overnight so we never got the chance to stay in a motel, like the El Dorado at Surfers Paradise where my parents spent their honeymoon. That is, until 1975, when for the first time we[…]

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