Glenorchy War Memorial Pool is an institution in the local community. The seasonal pool has hosted generations of locals who answered the call from ABC Hobart to share their memories or stories at or around the pool.
The callout attracted over 600 comments with an outpouring of fond memories from the Glenorchy community:
Rob Reibel shared, “So many great memories with my little mates from the 60s. It was like going to water world. Would often walk home to Windermere after spending our bus money on one last icecream.”
Gayle Andrews remembered simpler times with her comment, “In the 1960s and 70s I would be there waiting for Mr Ebsworth the Manager to come and open up! I would be there all day having fun with friends. You would be given a 20c refund when you returned your locker key and I would stop at George’s Fish Shop on the Main Road and buy 10c worth of hot chips (and you would get a huuuuge amount) and a choc heart ice cream. Happy, carefree days and wonderful childhood memories.”
Bryan King drew comparisons to a movie favourite – “I’m pretty sure the classic pool scene from Caddyshack was based on an incident that happened in the Glenorchy pool back when I was a kid.”
Leonie Mcdonald remembers a time when we weren’t so sunsmart and 10 cents could buy you quite a lot: “Learning to swim campaigns when at Glenorchy Primary school, spending hot days in the full blazing sun getting burned to a rice crispy laying on the seats of the grand stand, playing on the grass near the rocket slide, using our refunded locker deposit money to buy 10 cents chips on the way home.”
It’s safe to say Glenorchy Memorial Pool has a special place in the heart of many locals. We’d love to hear stories from our teams if you work at a similar venue. Have members shared similar stories or fond memories? Let us know by emailing Juliet Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brooke Lindsay at email@example.com