Queensland’s First State School Swimming

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.34

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 43 Gowrie Street

Latitude & Longitude: -27.50928056,153.03581389

Time Link: 1910

Map Link: 1911

Image Time Point: 1911

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Head Teacher James Dempsey, in 1933, stated that the Junction Park Swimming Pool, Queensland’s first state school swimming pool, started the movement that spread not only across schools in Queensland, but also in New South Wales. With the very first on-site state school swimming program, came the first dedicated swimming teachers. The pool was opened by the Minister of Education, Walter H. Barnes, on Saturday afternoon, 5 February 1910. The concrete structure of the pool cost about £175 and was built by Messrs. Wells and Bennett, of Woolloongabba. The pool is 43ft. long by 16ft. wide, with a maximum depth of water varying from 30in. to 50in. when full. When it first opened the daily average in the pool was 100 swimmers, in four sessions during the day.


James Joseph Dempsey. History of Junction Park State School: 1888-1933. R.G. Gillies & Co. Pty. Ltd., 149 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. 1933. pp. 9, 11; The Brisbane Courier. Saturday 5 February 1910, p. 7; The Brisbane Courier. Monday 7 February 1910, p. 5; Letter from Dempsey. 25 February 1910 QSA School Files (Correspondence) 15017 for Junction Park 1890-1919, NDB Document No. 053-054.

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MLMS. 40 chain AG2 series 1887–1932—Moreton district. 40 chains to 1 inch. Moreton 40 Chain map AG2 series sheet 2 west. AG2