Tag - Manuka Pool

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A final tune from Tav, the music man at Manuka Pool
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Swim into history at Australia’s heritage pools
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Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers
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Meet the music man of Manuka Pool

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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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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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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Meet the music man of Manuka Pool

It’s a special place – Manuka Pool – not just because it was the first pool in the nation’s capital or that it’s art deco in style. It’s because of the people connected to it – the people who love and care for this inner-Canberra icon. And the main man who loves and cares for[…]

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