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From Lockhart to Lameroo: nine country pools in NSW, Victoria and South Australia

From Lockhart to Lameroo: nine country pools in NSW, Victoria and South Australia

Travelling to Adelaide through south-west NSW and the Mallee country in Victoria and South Australia over the past couple of days we stopped by nine country pools – Lockhart, Urana and Jerilderie in south-west NSW, Swan Hill’s Richards Swimming Leisure Centre, Sea Lake Pool, Underbool Pool and Murrayville Pool in Victoria and Pinnaroo and Lameroo swimming centres in South Australia.

Built between 1955 and the mid-1980s, they were typified by vast expanses of lawn, simple amenities buildings, quirky signs, 33-metre and wading pools, surviving springboards, slides, retro-style seating and plaques commemorating the official opening of the pools.  If they’d been open I would have loved to have swum at each one but especially I would have enjoyed bouncing off the diving board into the L-shaped Lameroo Pool.

  • The 33 metre pool at Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, August 2017Lockhart Pool in south-west NSW.
  • Plaque at the Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, September 2017Plaque at Lockhart Pool commemorating its opening in 1956.
  • Quirky sign at the Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, September 2017Quirky sign at the Lockhart Pool.
  • Urana War Memorial Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Urana War Memorial Pool in south-west NSW opened in 1967.
  • The 33-metre pool and grounds at the Urana War Memorial Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Sunlight shines on Urana's 33-metre pool.
  • Jerilderie Pool in south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Blossom, lawn, babies and middle-sized pools at Jerilderie Swim Centre, south-west NSW.
  • Jerilderie's 25 metre pool with slide, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Striped shadecloth and slippery slide in Jerilderie's 25-metre pool, south-west NSW.
  • Deniliquin Swim Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Cleaning time at the 50-metre pool at the Deniliquin Swim Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Empty 50-metre pool at the Deniliquin Swim Centre, south-west NSW.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, opened 1984, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill, Victoria.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, opened in 1984, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Diving boards at Swan Hill's Richards Leisure Swimming Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Diving boards at the Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill, Victoria.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill.
  • The 33-metre pool at Sea Lake, Victoria, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Gazanias and the 33-metre pool at Sea Lake, Victoria.
  • Underbool Pool opened in 1977, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Victoria's Underbool Swimming Pool opened in 1977.
  • Underbool Pool opened in 1977, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017The empty Underbool Pool, Victoria.
  • Murrayville Pool Victoria, opened in 1955, 25-metre pool, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Victoria's Murrayville Pool was opened in 1955.
  • Murrayville Pool in Victoria opened in 1955, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Large lawn areas typify the pool at Murrayville, birthplace of Australian basketballer Rachael Sporn.
  • Duck swimming at the Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Lone swimmer in the 33-metre Pinnaroo Pool in South Australia.
  • Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Aqua blue at the Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Not only the birthplace of Julie Anthony, Lameroo has one of very few L-shaped pools.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Retro-style at South Australia's Lameroo District Swimming Centre.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre with silos in background, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Silos, shadows and starting blocks at the Lameroo Pool.

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