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Underwater with Narelle Autio, Persephone and me
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Swimming with seahorses at Watson’s Bay Baths
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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools
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Wonderful watery words
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The swimming club at Northbridge Baths
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Hobart’s old and new pools
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‘Soulful’ ocean baths in Saltwater show
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A lifetime connection with pools

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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Swimming with seahorses at Watson’s Bay Baths

Seahorses like hanging out at Watson’s Bay Baths.  Their natural home is seagrass but over the years they have taken a liking to the pool’s shark nets. Scuba diver Dave Thomas says they prefer them because it gets them off the ground and away from predators. “And they can’t chase things down, so they rely[…]

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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[…]

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Wonderful watery words

When I was reading Kate Grenville’s novel The Lieutenant on Hamilton Island I was struck by her beautiful descriptions of water. So I thought I would share some of those passages. The Lieutenant is the story of Daniel Rooke, a young soldier and astronomer who arrives in NSW on the First Fleet in 1788. It’s the[…]

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The swimming club at Northbridge Baths

A couple of Saturdays ago I ventured back to Northbridge Baths, where I spent a signficant part of my childhood. I arrived around 8am in time to experience the joys of the Saturday morning swimming club. From the late 1960s to the very early 80s I was a member of the swimming club. Every Saturday[…]

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Hobart’s old and new pools

While we were in Tasmania for a wedding last week, I went to the Hobart Aquatic Centre for a swim. Hobart City Council advertises this complex as an escape to a sub-tropical summer’s day even during the city’s coldest weather. Well it was certainly warm inside the indoor centre – a bit too warm. But[…]

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‘Soulful’ ocean baths in Saltwater show

If you love pools, you’ll love the exhibition at the Meyer Gallery in Darlinghurst, Called Saltwater, it showcases paintings by Cindy Goode Milman and photographs by Ian Lever of Sydney’s ocean and harbourside pools. Cindy Goode Milman’s colourful oil paintings are the result of her year-long study of ocean and bay pools from the Northern[…]

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A lifetime connection with pools

For as long as I can remember I have had a fascination with swimming pools. Whenever I am near one I have a terrible urge to dive in. After I have been in one, I have trouble tearing myself away from the comforting, womb-like, liquidy space. As a child I spent hours poring over the[…]

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