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Merewether Baths

Naomi Frost

Charlestown, Australia

Artist's Description

I often get questions about the pump house and the diving blocks at Merewether Beach so I found out a bit of info…..
1935
At a cost of 2,600 pounds, Merewether Ocean Baths, acclaimed as the ‘largest of their kind in the State’ opened as part of the Merewether Golden Jubilee celebrations in November. There was a procession in fancy dress from the Council chambers to the baths.
Considered ‘the greatest advertisement for Merewether as a residential suburb’, the new baths had been built further seaward and a little to the south of the older Merewether baths on the same rock platform. At 110 yards by 90 yards, they were ‘big enough to hold the larger swimming events’ and separated into a main pool and a children’s pool by a wide promenade. The main pool nearest the sea was 110 yards long and 55 yards wide, while the shore portion was 110 yards long and 35 yards wide. The 3,500 pounds for relief work on the baths had been paid by the NSW government. Excavation of the baths promised to yield 6,000 to 7,000 cubic yards of stone valued at 2,500 pounds. Merewether Council was seeking a further government loan to cover the construction of dressing-sheds at the baths.
The new baths became central to the life of the community and prompted more people from the Lower Hunter district to visit Merewether.
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S7000
Location: Merewether, NSW, 2291, Australia
(Latitude South 32d 57m 07s, Longitude East 151d 45m 23s)
Date: 24-02-2008 @ 7:46PM
ISO200
f/8
Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure: 2.5sec
Filter: Circ polarizing & ND4
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