Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool

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Description

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.

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
Established date
1945-1969
Established Date format: 
$e_original_date = $entity->field_established['und'][0]['value']; if (!empty($e_original_date)) { $changed_date = strtotime($e_original_date); $new_date = date("d F Y", $changed_date); print '
Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Conflict/s
  • All conflicts

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