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Backyard pools, Burt Lancaster and The Swimmer
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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths
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The last days of Petersham Pool
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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers
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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool
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Moruya’s War Memorial Swimming Pool
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Peaceful Petersham Park Pool
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Colourful centre opens in Enmore
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Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house
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Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool

Backyard pools, Burt Lancaster and The Swimmer

Watching the 1968 movie, The Swimmer the other night, got me thinking about backyard pools. When my siblings and I were kids we constantly pestered our parents for a pool.  With a perfectly good salt-water baths down the road, they saw no need for one in our backyard. So with our friends the Hall girls,[…]

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The healing waters of Moree’s artesian baths

There’s lots of sitting, sunbaking and hanging around at Moree’s hot artesian baths in north-western NSW. The 38 and 40 degree pools are full of bodies; mainly ageing bodies seeking healing in the mineral rich artesian water. Mature women mingle in their colourful cossies covering ample bosoms and broadening middles. Gold chains with crosses and[…]

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The last days of Petersham Pool

All the regulars were at Petersham Pool this morning. Many of them were having their last swim before it closes on Sunday. They were also enjoying the pool in its original state, possibly for the last time. While plans are not yet approved, it is envisaged that over winter Marrickville Council will redevelop the nearly 50-year-old[…]

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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers

Last Friday night, Manuka Pool, Canberra’s first public swimming pool, celebrated its 80th birthday. Friends of the heritage-listed pool were entertained by a ukulele band, acrobats and swing dancing as they picnicked in the garden. Others spent the night in the pool, enjoying a dip at dusk. As old photos were projected onto the wall[…]

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An Australia Day dip at Petersham Pool

  A morning dip at our local pool was a nice way to start Australia Day. In the water I met the very tanned Joe, appropriately attired for a swim on 26 January. It’s a pretty relaxed place – Petersham Park Pool or I should say the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre as it is officially called. It was[…]

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Moruya’s War Memorial Swimming Pool

On our recent travels down the NSW South Coast I revisited the Moruya War Memorial Swimming Pool. Like many pools built across Australia post World War II, this pool was named in honour of those who served in the war. Located next to a park and by the Moruya River, it was officially opened on 13 February 1965.  Back[…]

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Peaceful Petersham Park Pool

Yesterday morning when I went for a walk around the lovely Petersham Park I looked in on the pool. What I discovered was a very peaceful scene of about seven swimmers slowly lapping up and down the 33-metre pool. With my regular swimming spot – Leichhardt Pool – crowded with holiday-makers at this time of year,[…]

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Colourful centre opens in Enmore

There was a real sense of excitement when the new Annette Kellermann Aquatic Centre opened its doors for the first time yesterday. Locals streamed into the indoor complex which includes an 8-lane, 50 metre pool, a children’s leisure pool and a hydrotherapy and program pool. Some just came to have a look; others, especially the children couldn’t[…]

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Hobart’s abandoned aquatic house

There’s something desolate about abandoned swimming pools. All the life has gone from them; they’re quiet, empty and still.All the life has long gone from the Dr Plaister Aquatic House in Hobart. Originally called the Hobart Tepid Baths, the 72-year-old art-deco complex has been boarded up and closed for nearly 10 years. The former Hobart icon lies derelict and[…]

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Winter swimming at Leichhardt Pool

Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC) in Sydney’s inner west is my pool. Since I moved to the area 20 years ago, it has been my lap swimming spot.  While it’s very popular in summer, my favourite time is in the colder months when only the regulars brave the outdoor 50-metre pool. Heated to 27 degrees, in the[…]

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