Last Friday night, Manuka Pool, Canberra's first public swimming pool, celebrated its 80th birthday.
Modelled by the pool's young lifeguards, some of the more retro cossies transported us back to 1931 when The Swimming Pool, as it was then known, was first opened. The young lifesavers also treated us to an Annette Kellermann-style water ballet display with the synchronised swimmers decked out in frilly red caps.
The Taverner family were also well represented with current manager John 'Tav' Taverner running the show with his wife Pearle and daughters' Sophie and Grace. It was wonderful to see his mother Lesley there too, who turns 86 soon. She and her late husband Owen managed the pool for 50 summers from 1947 to 1997.