A childhood haunt

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.

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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.

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