Dawn Fraser Baths became an outdoor gallery this weekend showing paintings by Ian Chapman, the pool’s artist in residence last winter. Mr Chapman’s paintings captured the colours, characters, architecture and mood of the historic baths that first opened back in the early 1880s. The exhibition was part of Leichhardt Council’s annual LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail) which this year featured nearly 60 galleries, studios and events across Balmain, Rozelle, Lilyfield and Camperdown.
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[…]Read More
Visiting Coogee’s Wylies Baths last week with three of my nieces, I was reminded of the ‘marine biologist’ episode of Seinfeld in which George Costanza proclaimed: “The sea was angry that day, my friends … like an old man trying to send back soup to a deli.” Swimming in the turbulent waters of the[…]Read More
If Spring Hill Baths in inner city Brisbane was a swimmer it would be a slow, mellow breaststroker wearing a floral cap. Opened on 9 December 1886, it is Brisbane’s first in-ground public baths. It also lays claim to being the oldest indoor pool in the Southern Hemisphere. People who swim at this grand[…]Read More