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.
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!
The site of the City Arcade between Hunter and Newcomen Streets has historical significance as an early source of fresh water for the Newcastle community. It is also significant as the site of the Corporation Baths and the city’s first shopping arcade, which retains many of its original features. 26 June, 2012 10:02AM AEST Hidden Newcastle – the secret baths under City Arcade By Barney Langford for ABC Newcastle Local Treasures The site of the City Arcade between Hunter and Newcomen Streets has historical significance as an early source of fresh water for the Newcastle community. It is also significant as the site of the… Read More »Corporation Baths