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Public Swimming Pools of Berrigan Shire


The Finley Memorial Swimming Pool was first mooted in 1944 but it was not till 1961 that a concerted drive for funds yielded in excess of £11,000, an undertaking in which Fred Dobbin was prominent. Others who played a worthwhile role were the Atkinson Family, Ray Koschel and Fred Cuthbert. The pool was officially opened on 1st December 1962 by His Excellency the Governor of NSW, Lieut-General Sir Eric Woodward, KCGM, CB, CBE, DSO. Sourced from Looking back on Finley by Norman McAllister.

The Berrigan War Memorial Swimming Pool was built in 1962. The plaque at the pool reads as follows: This pool was built by the residents of Berrigan and District as a memorial to the fallen in two World Wars. Was solemnly dedicated by Lieutenant- General H G Edgar CB, CBE on Remembrance day 11th November 1962.

The photos featured this week have come from the Berrigan War Memorial Swimming Pool Committee facebook page. Robin Cobb provided the photos to the committee and these are all featured on their facebook page. As Robin notes on the page “When the pool was built a lot of people had slides rather than photos and our Dad, Bill Kay, took these.”

The Tocumwal Pool is a more recent build and as such we havent included it in our writeup today.


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