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Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool

Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool
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Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool - wall signage
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Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool - mosaic mural with inscription full view
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Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool - other mosaic mural
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Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool - mosaic mural with inscription up close
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Description / Background

A community Olympic swimming pool with a contemporary mosaic mural on the facade near the entrance, containing the words to The Ode.

Brief timeline

  • A public meeting held in the Coffs Harbour School of Arts in December 1910 decided to form a Swimming Club. In September 1923, a public meeting decided on the name: 'The Coffs Harbour and District Swimming Club'. 
  • In the period 1945-1946 the RSL had taken steps to construct a war memorial pool.
  • The Coffs Harbour Advocate, 18 March 1947, reported the 'Memorial Club and the Swimming Pool are to be established on a portion of Fitzroy Street, fronting Vernon-street …' 
  • The creek pool was used in the meantime during the 1950s.
  • Early in March 1953 action was taken to form a Coffs Harbour Sports Council to improve playing areas and plan for a swimming pool. A committee was formed and at a public meeting held in late August it was decided to construct an an Olympic pool in Fitzroy Street. A week later it was decided to construct the pool in the north-east corner of Fitzroy Park. The site was not supported by the Town Plan Committee. 
  • In August 1953 it was decided by the Chamber of Commerce the swimming pool at the Butter Factory be restored to its pre-war state.
  • In September 1954 information was received from the Minister for Local Government Mr Renshaw that funds granted should be subsidised pound-for-pound by the council. 
  • The war memorial pool opened in 1969.
Inscription

Exterior signage

COFFS HARBOUR WAR MEMORIAL OLYMPIC POOL

Mural

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them
Lest we forget.

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Address
Cnr Coffs and Gordon Streets
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Local Government Area
Coffs Harbour, City of
Setting
Roadside
Memorial type
Swimming pool/swimming centre
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Year of construction
1945-1969
Conflict/s
All conflicts