Casino War Memorial Pool

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Description

A Casino Memorial Swimming Baths Fund was formed in January 1944 and many community organisations then took part in fundraising. At a special meeting held in November 1945, the Casino Municipal Council "carried a resolution to proceed with the construction of war memorial baths as soon as the Baths Committee have £8,00 [sic] in hand. This means that the council will have to find £12,000" (Tweed Daily, 29 November 1945). However, the Council also decided to make some preliminary preparations for the pool's construction. In the same month, the committee set a target of £12,000 to be raised by the end of June 1946. In April 1946, the Casino Patriotic Fund allotted £1,200 to the Baths Fund.

His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, turned the first sod of the baths at Memorial Park on Friday 18 October 1946.  In September 1947, the mayor reported that the pool was to be dedicated to those who fell during the past war as well as being a public amenity.

Tenders for construction of the pool were called in September 1950, while the consulting architect was N K R Malcolm of Sydney. Tenders for the installation of electrical lighting were called in May 1952 to close on 6 June.

The official opening of the Olympic Pool took place on Saturday 25 October 1952 by the Governor, Lt.-General Sir John Northcott.

Inscription

Façade:

CASINO
WAR MEMORIAL POOL

Plaque:

CASINO
WAR MEMORIAL POOL

officially opened by

His Excellency, the Governor of New South Wales
LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR JOHN NORTHCOTT
K.C.M.G., C.B., M.V.O.

25th October, 1952.

R. W. Manyweathers
Mayor

W. J. Green & Son.
Builders

A. R. Samut
Town Clerk

Address
Casino War Memorial Pool
84 Centre Street
Casino NSW 2470
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM; photograph of plaque provided by Mike Freney, lessee of the Casino Memorial Pool
Established date
1952
Dedication date: 
25/10/1952
Dedication date
01/01/1970
Conflict/s
World War 2

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