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

This war memorial is a large swimming pool complex, with an entrance building facing Evans Street in Inverell, NSW. At the front of the building is an alcove housing a number of honour rolls, including the Inverell District Great War Honour Roll.

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. Their goal was to generate community support and to fundraise. 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 time the pool was ready, £25,000 had been raised. The pool was opened by Lt. Gen. H. Gordon Bennett on 1 November 1958, at the same time as the Great War roll was unveiled.


Above entrance

Inverell and District
Memorial Olympic Pool

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

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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
Year of construction
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Dedication date
01 November 1958
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Other