Penrith War Memorial Swimming Pool

Description

Swimming pool complex.

At that time it was suggested the Pool should be a Memorial to the local men who lost their lives In World War II and the Korean War.  That revived interest in the move made in 1954 in Penrith for the same purpose.

The committee obtained information 'from various towns that have swimming pools, including Nyngan, Gunnedah, Glen Innes, Bathurst, Wagga, Griffith, Macksville, Coonabarabran, and Mudgee. Mudgee was visited by members of the committee. The committee reported to Penrith Council in September, 1954. The report was adopted by council "in principle". Council said that it would approach the Public Works Department and inquire as to the possibility of obtaining loans.

— 'Proposed Swimming Pool in Penrith', The Nepean Times, 7 February 1957

Penrith War Memorial Swimming Pool should be completed at the end of December, the Chief Engineer, Mr. B. F. Smith, told council on Tuesday night. Mr. Smith was replying to a question by the Mayor, Ald. W. L. Chapman, who said he had received numerous inquiries concerning Penrith's pool.  Mr. Smith said there had been no hold-up in the erection of buildings. Crux of the completion time was the supply of the filtration plant, Mr. Smith said.

— 'PENRITH POOL FOR NEW YEAR', The Nepean Times, 12 October 1961

President of the Penrith War Memorial Olympic Pool committee, Ald. Fowler was officially opening the Penrith pool. As a returned ex-service man, he appreciated the pool as a memorial to the fallen of World War II. "The over-riding feature of previous memorials for World War I were that they were to be seen, not appreciated for their use," he said.

The opening ceremony for the £103,000 pool built by the Penrith City Council for the citizens was performed in good weather before a crowd of approximately 300 people. The ceremony was followed by demonstrations of life saving and resuscitation by Parramatta life-saving squad and swimming exhibitions by six Australian and State champions. Introducing Ald. Fowler, the Mayor, Ald. W. L. Chapman, particularly thanked him for the work done towards establishing a pool since Ald. Fowler, called a Public Meeting in 1957 to determine ways and means.

— The Nepean Times, 5 April 1962

Materials
  • Brick
Inscription

THIS POOL WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED BY ALD. B.N. FOWLERPRESIDENT OF PENRITH WAR MEMORIAL POOL APPEAL ON 31ST MARCH 1962

Address
119 Station Street
Penrith NSW 2750
Local Government Area
  • Penrith, City of
Setting
  • Public square
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Building
Recorded by
Peter Levarre-Waters; EmilyGrima
Established date
1961
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
1962-03-31 00:00:00.0
Dedication date
31 March 1962
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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