Friday, May 29

recreation

Ralph Snowball Collection
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Ralph Snowball Collection

Anyone who is keen on Newcastle's history owes a great debt of gratitude to Ralph Snowball. Thousands of his glass negatives have been preserved and digitised by the University of Newcastle Archives and Cultural Collections and browsing through them on Flickr is bound to lead to hours disappearing down this fantastic historical rabbit-hole.
Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965
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Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965

According to Wikiski it's snowed at least twice on Mt Sugarloaf! It snowed in 1965 and again in the early 1970's on Mt Sugarloaf which has an elevation of about 350m and is about 20km SW of Newcastle. According to a Newcastle Herald article at the time, snow settled in West Wallsend, which is barely 70m ABSL. Snow for the first time in history settled all around the low lying hills around Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton. Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters The local Lions Club was so excited they installed a plaque!
Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966
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Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966

  Mayfield Pool - BHP's Gift to City - Officially opened Saturday 12/11/66 @ 2.30pm. Distinguished guests are from L - R; Seated behind speaker is Alderman Mr Frank Purdue; Sir Ian McLennan Chief General Manager of BHP; Lord Mayor D G McDougall & Mr R Coulton General Manager BHP; At time of opening admission fees were 30c per adult; 5c per child; Cost approx. $160K to construct; Holds 300,000 gallons of water; 165' long; 50' wide.  
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Young Mariners Pool, Map Pool, Canoe Pool

  The ABC Newcastle Local Treasures story on the pool is here. The question of the existence of the 'map pool', Young Mariners Pool, canoe pool - whatever - seems to come up regularly. Some people are convinced the map is still there! Sadly, it's not, having been removed by Newcastle City Council decades ago. Or perhaps not so sadly as surely these great concrete continents must have been responsible for numerous injuries!