Swimming Pool

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The Hamley Bridge Swimming Club was formed in 1908.  Swimming was a popular sport in those days, but was strictly for men and boys.  The venue was a swimming hole on the river light leased from the local landholder.  At the beginning of each season volunteers were kept busy clearing the area, known as the Swimming Reserve.  Swimming carnivals were very well attended.

Dressing Rooms of galvanised iron were built in 1909 and a diving board was installed.  Women, now, were also allowed to swim at the pool, but had a special day Wednesday from 2.00pm 5.00pm.

Due to the many drownings, it was decided to build a swimming pool in the town.  The land it was built on was donated by Mr Frank Schroder.  The towns people held numerous fund raisers to raise the money needed to build it.