Musgrave Park Pool (1967-2017) has reached the grand old age of fifty – quite old for a swimming pool.
- the beginnings – the river itself, and the Aboriginal people’s use of it; their local camp sites and crossing points.
- the colonists – who needed relief from the climate and developed multiple swimming baths, most of which were located in the river as enclosures or floated on the river. From the beginning bathing in daylight was banned and mixed bathing was also discouraged. The river was clean – young boys dived for coins from the Dutton Park enclosure in the 1930s.
- the engineers – who applied their skills to the challenge and water was pumped from the river to fill land based pools.This was the case with Davies Park Pool which was filled with river water until the 1940s when complaints about jelly fish and declining water quality caused a shift to reticulated water. Davies Park Pool was also the first 50 yard pool and the first to allow mixed bathing.
- the place of swimming pools in the modern era.
Photos by Charles Zuber. Pool artwork by Adam Lester.