Diving into the past: Readers remember Raymond West Pool

WE KICKED off January with a blast from the past, reflecting on the proud history of the Raymond West Swimming Pool. Thank you to everyone who contributed their memories on social media. 

Tania Mcconkey Lines said she liked best that the Raymond West Pool was, “fun and was for free.” 

Chris Smallman said, “First week of Year 7 at St Colman’s College in 1983 we had our school swimming sports there and most of our first term swimming classes there.” 

Anne Hawking remembered, “Getting my Herald Swimming Certificate after swimming to the island. Another memory was watching all these people doing a human chain in the water searching for me after I decided to walk all the way around the outside and without telling my parents. I think I was about four-years-old.” 

Vicki Wells laughed and said, “Being a big girl and able to swim to ‘the rocks.’” 

Greg McCoy commented, “Absolutely loved this place in my teenage years and practically lived there on weekends. Back in the 60s and 70s Mum knew I’d be down at the pool, as long as I was home before dark.” 

SHEPPARTON’S PAST… The Raymond West Pool around 1965. When it opened in the 50s, it was the largest chlorinated pool in the Southern Hemisphere. Photos were supplied to The Adviser by someone who wished to keep their identity private. If you have locally relevant historical photographs that showcase our region and its people, please contact editorial@sheppartonadviser.com.au or call into our office at 38-40 Welsford Street, Shepparton. Photos: Supplied

Kris Tine said, “Loved it over summer and almost lived at the pool in my teenage years of the late 60s to 70s, [I’d] go for a swim before school. It was a carefree time.” 

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