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The art and soul of the swimming pool
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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains
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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool
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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me
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Marrickville community salutes a great Australian swimmer
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Update on Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house
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Marrickville Council makes decision on Petersham Pool
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The future of Petersham’s Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre
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A final tune from Tav, the music man at Manuka Pool
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In the deep end at almost 80-year-old Enfield Pool

The art and soul of the swimming pool

Visiting some of the Art and About exhibitions and installations in Sydney last month got me thinking about art at pools. The motto of Art and About is ‘art in unusual places’, and from 21 September to 21 October that’s what you find in the city’s parks, lane ways, streets and malls. “We try every year to use places[…]

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High altitude pool spotting in the Snowy Mountains

Staying at Thredbo in the NSW Snowy Mountains in April this year we encountered a potpourri of pools. On the trek up to Mt Kosciuszko we passed small pools formed among the rocks and melting snow. Just over two kilometres from the summit we stopped at the glacial Lake Cootapatamba. The Aborigines named the water hole, kau-oola-patamba, the place where the[…]

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Reflecting on pretty patterns at Annette Kellerman Pool

This morning when I swam at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore the light was streaming through the large windows above the deep end. The lime-green on the trim around the windows was reflecting in the water. Other colours also joined in creating beautiful patterns in the pool. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope that[…]

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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me

A favourite game among my friends back in the 1970s at Northbridge Baths was to dare each other to dive under the suspended starting blocks and come up the other side. The bottom of the blocks was often covered in moss, so it was bit like venturing into a dark, slightly disorientating world. I was always[…]

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Marrickville community salutes a great Australian swimmer

Last Sunday I was asked if I would dress up as Fanny Durack and swim in the Cooks River.  I didn’t mind the idea of being Fanny for an hour or two although the woolly swim suit she wore back in 1912 at the Stockholm Olympics was not very attractive. But the idea of swimming in[…]

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Update on Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house

When I wrote a story on Hobart’s Douglas Plaister Aquatic House nearly two years it was earmarked for redevelopment into apartments and shops. Damien Peck, a Hobart-based photographer reports there has been no progress with the redevelopment. The centre remains in a state of disrepair as it has been since it was closed more than 10[…]

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Marrickville Council makes decision on Petersham Pool

At the 17 April Marrickville Council meeting, a decision was made on the future of the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre aka Petersham Pool. The good news is that there will continue to be a pool in Petersham Park. At the meeting it was resolved to tender the works, closing the pool over the 2012-13 season (depending[…]

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The future of Petersham’s Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

Petersham Pool closed yesterday for winter. We now wait to see what its future will be. Will it be redeveloped into a 25-metre, 8 lane pool?  Will it continue as it is or will it close forever? Most of the locals who swim regularly at the patched-up, 49-year-old pool would like to see it remain as[…]

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A final tune from Tav, the music man at Manuka Pool

John ‘Tav’ Taverner played his final song at Manuka Pool last Sunday. He went out with a bang and a bit of emotion with Billy Thorpe’s version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ on full volume around the 81-year-old swimming pool. “It’s the song I play every so often when I am in the mood,” says the[…]

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In the deep end at almost 80-year-old Enfield Pool

Fear, that’s what I feel, just for a moment when the depth of the water in a pool drops suddenly. I experienced this the other day when I visited Enfield Pool for the first time. I was swimming along and then all of sudden a line appeared across the white tiles and the depth dropped[…]

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