Sherwood Baths

Sherwood Baths

Stage Number: MBSH.05.01.19

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Chelmer-Graceville-Sherwood

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Brisbane River off Ferry Road, Sherwood

Latitude & Longitude: -27.52830556,152.97258333

Time Link: 1923

Map Link: 1923

Image Time Point: 1923

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This was one of a series of swimming enclosures situated along the Brisbane River during the 1920s and ’30s. While initially popular, all these baths suffered occasional flooding, vandalism, neglect, and problems with the deteriorating quality of the Brisbane River waters. When the medical officer of the Brisbane City Council visited the river baths at Sherwood in September 1934, he found a dead calf and a dead pig floating in the water, and unsurprisingly the baths were closed shortly afterwards.


Brisbane Courier, 17 December 1923; Courier-Mail, 1 October 1934.

Image Citations

The Brisbane River at Sherwood, looking across to Fig Tree Pocket, 1931. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Record number: 131979.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 6 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 6 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane.. 634900