The Dawn Fraser Baths are the nation’s oldest post-1788 tidal pool. Construction began in 1882 with adjustments continuing until the present; the pool’s surrounding timber structure is of great historic significance. Changes in the tides and sea levels of Sydney Harbour led to flooding, leaving the pool in a dilapidated state. More flooding is expected so Council chose to reconstruct the southern pavilion one metre above the original boardwalk. Lifting the structure required recording, careful dismantling and assessment of the timbers so it could be meticulously reconstructed from new and salvaged timber. A new entrance, change rooms and lighting now improve the amenity of the pool.
Photography: Arthur Vay