Swimming Baths, Davies Park

Swimming Baths, Davies Park

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.76

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Wolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Corner of Jane Street and Riverside Drive, West End

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47697222,153.00480556

Time Link: 1921

Map Link: 1923

Image Time Point: 1923

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Davies Park Baths was a land-based pool on the riverfront off the end of Jane Street, West End. It was initially filled with water pumped from the river, which continued until the 1940s when town water replaced the increasingly polluted river water. It was the first 50-yard-long pool in Brisbane, and was 11 yards wide. It also had a sloping base, unusual for the time, creating a deep and a shallow end. More daringly, it was also the first mixed-sex swimming baths in Brisbane, as pools had been segregated until this time, with either separate times or pools for males and females. The pool was closed in 1967, the same year that the nearby Musgrave Park Pool was opened.


Brisbane Courier, 12 December 1921; Secret Brisbane, ‘Brisbane’s love affair with swimming’, (www.secretbrisbane.com.au/home/2017/6/29/brisbanes-love-affair-with-swimming), sighted 21 July 2017.

Image Citations

Bathers at the Davies Park Baths. Undated. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 60753.

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