Wynnum’s wading pool brings back memories from my childhood when my parents drove my sister and I to Wynnum to cool off on Brisbane’s sweltering summer days. Salt water from Moreton Bay filled the enclosure at high tide to about sixty centimetres, making it safe for children.
The pool was constructed during the 1930s depression as a way to employ some of the many family men who were out of work. They were given only three days each week to build the pool and a sea wall. Offering only part time employment meant more men could benefit from the seventeen shillings (less than $2) a week they were paid.