I often get questions about the pump house and the diving blocks at Merewether Beach so I found out a bit of info…..

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

Focal Length: 8mm
Exposure: 2.5sec
Filter: Circ polarizing & ND4


  • abefleur
    abefleurabout 7 years ago

    fascinating image Naomi – love the composition and the darkness of the water – feels so abandoned.

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanabout 7 years ago

    I LOVE this! Wow, you have captured such an amazing atmosphere from something so simple! The shape of the building is wonderful, I love those curves and its great how that is echoed in the railings… Brilliant composition and processing in this and the tones suit the image so well… easily an instant favourite!

  • Ahh shucks, thanks so much Paul for that fabulous comment. I was really pleased with the way this one turned out.

    – Naomi Frost

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanabout 7 years ago

    oh, and thanks so much for the history behind these baths.. an interesting read…

  • margo
    margoabout 7 years ago

    Thanks for the history Naomi. Your series on the Merewether Baths, taken at various times of the day, has been top class.

  • Thanks, margo. It’s such a fabulous place to photograph – I was happy to see the tide was down tonight so I could go out onto the break wall to get a shot from this angle.

    – Naomi Frost

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 7 years ago

    good subject matter and thanks for the history write up,I’m amazed that there is hardly any noise in the picture

  • ladiluck
    ladiluckabout 7 years ago

    wow great captue…and nice to have a read up on some of these old buildings around the place..thanks

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harrisabout 7 years ago

    unusual and very interesting place – lovely shot!

  • wellman
    wellmanabout 7 years ago

    stunning image – the pool is definitely more inviting to shoot than to splash in!

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 7 years ago

    seriously wonderful shot – love the mood you’ve managed to capture and the deep black abyss that is the water!

  • Halcyon007
    Halcyon007about 7 years ago

    It’s descriptions and narrative like that that make an interesting shot that bit even more interesting.

    That sky is delightful, those wisps of clouds look electrically charged, waiting to have a storm in the clouds without sharing it with the world. This sets an ominous and sombre mood below and the features of the pool stand proud against the elements.

    That green tinge to it, adds a slight eiree feel and it feels quite creepy for a swimming bath (I wouldn’t be tempted to have a swim now!) The textures in the concrete have come out really well and the shine on the posts is also fantastic

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