68 years of splash

Crookwell Swimming Pool was opened on December 19 in 1949, despite opposition from parts of the district where it was felt the money would be better spent on roads and bridges. During the first two weeks of the pool being opened, 2371 adults and 1967 children passed through the turnstiles.

...it was felt the money would be better spent on roads...

In December 1950, the Crookwell Amateur Swimming Club organised a carnival at Crookwell pool. A waterpolo match between North Narrabeen and Goulburn at Crookwell attracted a crowd of more than 500, including a group of about 100 visitors from Goulburn.  

North Narrabeen won 4-1. Crookwell swimmers took part in the open events, but the standard was far below that of visiting swimmers because our swimmers had had no opportunity to swim competitively. Despite this lack of training, Crookwell sportsman Roy Murphy won the men’s 100 yard handicap. Pat Heaton, of Crookwell, won the junior men’s 33 yards event.

Do you have memories of the swimming pool when it was first opened or old photos you would like to share?

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MAKING A SPLASH: A waterpolo match between North Narrabeen and Goulburn at Crookwell attracted a crowd of more than 500. Photo: supplied

MAKING A SPLASH: A waterpolo match between North Narrabeen and Goulburn at Crookwell attracted a crowd of more than 500. Photo: supplied