Inverell and District Memorial Olympic Pool

Inverell and District Memorial Olympic PoolInverell and District Memorial Olympic Pool, opening plaqueInverell and District Memorial Olympic Pool, acknowledgements plaque

The memorial is a large swimming pool complex, with an entrance building facing Evans Street. At the front of the building is an alcove housing a number of honour rolls, including two for the First World War.

The pool was opened by Lt. Gen. H. Gordon Bennett on 1 November 1958, at the same time as the First World War rolls were unveiled.


The Inverell Memorial Baths Society officially launched its campaign in April 1953. In its issue on 22 April, The Inverell Times published full details of the society's establishment. The society set out to obtain community support, public interest and efforts. The slogan adopted was "Help Inverell Get Baths".

Two months later, on 12 June, the Times published details of the model for the pool designed by Mr and Mrs Ben Bates.

Various projects were implemented to raise money, including a Queen's competition and a sports day, with approaches to be made to Inverell businesses. By the opening of the pool £25,000 had been raised.


Front facade


Opening plaque

These Honour Rolls
were unveiled
this Memorial Olympic Pool
was officially opened
Lt. Gen. H. Gordon Bennett
C.D. C.M.G. D.S.O. V.O.
1st November 1958

Acknowledgements plaque

The Inverell Municipal Council
gratefully acknowledges the following contributions towards
the cost of the Inverell and District Memorial Olympic Pool

£25,000 from the people of Inverell
and District through the efforts of
the Inverell and District
War Memorial Baths Society

Public Address system
donated by
Inverell Apex Club

£750 towards Honour Rolls
donated by
The All Services Club

69 Evans Street
Inverell NSW 2360
Local Government Area
  • Inverell Shire
  • Roadside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Swimming pool/swimming centre
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
01 November 1958
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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