Acacia Swimming Pool

Stage Number: MBSH.02.10.12

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Sunnybank-Banoon

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 168 Station Road

Latitude & Longitude: -27.57409722,153.05487222

Time Link: 1938

Map Link: 1946

Image Time Point: 1946

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About the same time as the Oasis Tourist Gardens were opened in 1938 in Station Road Sunnybank, the Acacia Swimming Pool was also opened on the opposite corner of Station Road and Turton Street by the Bratchley family. The original entry fee to the Acacia Pool was 6d per person. The facility counterweighted the demand in the upmarket tourist attraction of the Oasis by catering for the poorer and less refined members of the local community. Thousands of people enjoyed the pools and gardens of this swimming centre until it was closed in 1984. Jim and Beres Howard owned this centre from 1868 until its closure.


Sunnybank: paddocks to pavements, Sunnybank State High School P& C Association, 1985, pp. 89, 90. Local Areas of Folk History: Coopers Plains, Sunnybank, Runcorn, Kuraby, Eight Mile Plains, Sunnybank History Group, 1989, p. 48.

Image Citations

The Acacia, Sunnybank, 1960s. Brisbane City Archives

Map References

Qimagery. Brisbane City Council Series 1946. Scale: 1:15,900.