Public lecture on history of Pemberton’s Baths at Ramsgate

History recalled: Swimmers enjoying the baths in the 1930s.

History recalled: Swimmers enjoying the baths in the 1930s.

Pemberton’s Baths at Ramsgate were a hub for swimming, diving and leisure when they opened in 1924. 

The indoor aquatic centre, on the corner of The Grand Parade and Ramsgate Road, also attracted elite swimmers from all over Sydney.

Not only was it a swimming centre, but it had a small zoo within its walls.

Landmark site: the baths at the corner of The Grand Parade and Ramsgate Road, where Coles now stands.

Landmark site: the baths at the corner of The Grand Parade and Ramsgate Road, where Coles now stands.

Sadly for many residents, the baths were replaced in 1972 by a Coles supermarket, which still occupies the site.

Many memories and photos remain, and they have been gathered together by local historian and author Dan McAloon, a winner of Rockdale Council’s Ron Rathbone Prize.

Mr McAloon describes it as “a fascinating story of social change, urban development and a family business”.

Mr McAloon will give a public lecture on the history of the baths at Ramsgate RSL Memorial Club on Saturday September 24, between 1.30pm and 4 pm.

The presentation will include many photographs donated from family albums.

The cost is $20, and bookings are essential as seating is limited.

Contact Mr McAloon on 0429 141257 or email: smithnwordmedia@optusnet.com.au

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