Merv Knowles's fond memories of Manuka Pool recalled in The Memory Pool book by Therese Spruhan

Updated December 2 2019 - 8:14am, first published December 1 2019 - 12:30am

When architect Walter Burley Griffin designed Canberra, he envisaged swimming baths for Australia's new capital city, but when five-year-old Merv Knowles moved there in 1928, there was no pool. His water-loving father wasn't happy with the limited options for cooling off in the bush capital's hot summers and joined with others to campaign for a proper pool. Three years later, when the swimming pool at Manuka was officially opened, eight-year-old Merv was one of the first to dive in.

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