Chiswick Splash

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Chiswick Baths and adjoining Chambers Park were developed largely through the efforts of the local community.

The Chiswick Progress Association suggested a pool and public reserve at Blackwall Point Road in 1944. At that time the population of Chiswick was ‘scarcely 220’.

It was not until 1956 however that the Chiswick Baths were finally opened. The pool was maintained through community volunteers with financial and material support from Drummoyne Council (and later the City of Canada Bay). The original wire netting used to section the pool off from the Parramatta River was purchased from the nearby Lysaght factory.

Sixty years on the tidal pool remains a popular spot with locals.

On Sunday, 20 November 2016 from 10am to 1pm there will be a range of activities to celebrate 60 years of fun and enjoyment.

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Posted on November 17, 2016, in Chiswick and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Local Studies is fortunate in having files relating to the Chiswick Progress Association and the Committee of Management for Chiswick Baths and Chambers Park. These were donated in 2009 by Mrs Irene Little whose husband, Stan Little, played an active role in both organisations.

    The Chiswick Progress Association noted in its December 1944 minutes that,

    ‘The Bathing Pool Committee has received the following reply to correspondence from Drummoyne Council. That they are taking the necessary steps to establish a Public Reserve at the Blackwall Point Road, and are granting us the right, subject to sanction from the Maritime Services Board, to construct a Pool on the water front thereof. It has only been discovered in this last fortnight that an engineer versed in Bathing-pool construction is available.’
    At that time the population of Chiswick was ‘scarcely 220’.

    It was not until 1956 however that the Chiswick Baths were opened. The Chiswick Baths were established, developed and maintained largely through community volunteers with financial and material support from Drummoyne Council.

    In September 1956, Drummoyne Council ‘resolved to appoint a Committee of local citizens, comprising Messrs. S. A. Little, J. H. Willis and R. E. Richter in respect of the Chiswick Swimming Baths and Chambers Park and that the care, control and management (subject to the Council and the Ordinances) of the said Baths and Park, be delegated to the Committee pursuant to the provisions of Section 527 of the Local Government Act 1919.’

    Both Stanley Arthur Little and Roy Edwin Richter later served as Aldermen on Drummoyne Council. A Chiswick resident, Alderman Stanley Arthur Little served on Drummoyne Council from 1962 until 1977. He was Mayor of Drummoyne in 1963 and 1974. Alderman Roy Edwin Richter served on Drummoyne Council in 1962-1965.

    Over the years, the Committee of Management for Chiswick Baths and Chambers Park continued to maintain and enhance the Chiswick Baths with the establishment of a children’s area, installation of a diving platform, seating and lighting for night use. In 1961 the Chiswick Baths were extended to provide an improved swimming pool.

    The minutes and receipts of the committee show that generally local suppliers were used. The original netting for the baths was purchased from Lysaght Bros. (Chiswick) and when it had to be replaced in 1965, netting was purchased from ARC Engineering Pty Ltd (North Strathfield).

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