North Sydney Olympic Pool

North Sydney Olympic Pool

The North Sydney Olympic Pool is a swimming and exercise complex located adjacent to Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point in North Sydney between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. The art deco-styled Olympic-sized outdoor pool was built on part of the Dorman Long workshops site following the completion of the Harbour Bridge. The pool opened 4 April 1936 and hosted the swimming and diving events for the 1938 Empire Games.Heating was added in 2000 and a 25m indoor pool was added in 2001.

The venue is operated by the local North Sydney Council, providing public access to the two pools, a gym, and a sauna and spa.North Sydney Olympic Pool has a rich heritage. In all, 86 world records have been set at the pool by such swimming greats as, for example, Jon and Ilsa Konrads, Lorraine Crapp, Frank O’Neill, Judy Joy Davies, John Devitt, Shane Gould and Michelle Ford.

North Sydney is a suburb and commercial district on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia. North Sydney is located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre for the local government area of North Sydney Council.

Aborigines on the southern side of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) called the north side warung which meant the other side, while those on the northern side used the same name to describe the southern side.[citation needed]

The first name used by European settlers was Hunterhill, named after a property owned by Thomas Muir of Huntershill (1765–1799), a Scottish political reformer. He purchased land in 1794 near the location of north pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is now located, and built a house which he named after his childhood home. This area north to Gore Hill became known as St Leonards.[citation needed] The township of St Leonards was laid out in 1836 in what is now North Sydney, bounded by what is now Miller, Walker, Lavender and Berry Streets. 


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