Throwback Thursday: Merewether Ocean Baths re-openedphotos

Throwback Thursday: Merewether Ocean Baths re-opened | photos November 1935: The opening of Merewether Ocean Baths.
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November 20: Perfect day for a swim. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: The finished product. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Jillane and Robert Mander of Sydney with their grandchildren enjoying the revamped facility. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Perfect day for the opening. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: The first swimmers make their move. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: Waiting for the baths to open. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20, 9am: The final touches on opening day. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: 6am at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Marina Neil

November 20: Merewether Ocean Baths at 6am on opening day: Picture: Marina Neil

November 2014: The baths reopen to the public after a 10-month upgrade. The view at 5.40am. Picture: Darren Pateman

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Alan Potts of Charlestown watching on as workmen apply finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether resident Peter Wilson watching as workmen apply the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Merewether Baths are set to open in December, 2014.

Applying the finishing touches to the refurbished Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

July 2014: Revamp taking shape. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

May 2014: Early days of revamp. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

March 2014: Work begins at the baths. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2014: The last swimming day before the renovations. Picture: Ryan Osland

February 2014: Mackerals Members Mark Cavanough and Roy Gibbs. Picture: Simone De Peak

February 2013: Soaking up the sun. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2013. Picture: Darren Pateman

December 2013: The Hunter coastline hit by a huge swell. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Checking out the baths. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2103: Kristie Martin of Lambton cooling off. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Enjoying a hot summer day. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2013: Watching the waves break. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

August 2012: Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes. Picture: Dean Osland

August 2012: A large swell hits the Newcastle coastline.

May 2012: Warm weather in the Hunter. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

January 2012: Father Peco Petrovski makes his way to the Macedonian Orthodox community’s blessing of the water and diving for the cross at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak

Picture: Chris Topevski finds the flowers at the bottom of the ocean baths at the Macedonian Orthodox community’s blessing of the water. Simone De Peak

August 2011: Bonfils enjoys a swim. Picture: Simone De Peak

July 2011: Fisherman brave the weather conditions. Picture: Darren Pateman

July 2011: A surfer patiently waits for a break in large sets of waves. Picture: Simone De Peak

May 2011: Swimmers brave the cold conditions. Picture: Darren Pateman

August 2010: A lifeguard struggles with a flag. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

September 2009: Denis Hainsworth of Merewether takes an early morning dip during the red dust storm. Picture: Simone De Peak

February 2008: Sophie Back watches her father Gary Back paint the Merewether Baths with Go Jets. Picture: Natalie Grono

January 2008: A busy day at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Simone De Peak

October 2007: Jets player Joel Griffiths. Picture: Simone De Peak

October 2007: Taking a dive. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

October 2007: Taking a dive. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

February 2007: The Maritime Museum unveiled plans to hold a Maritime ball on a floating marquee on atop Merewether Baths. Picture: Peter Stoop

January 2007: Jets recovery session. Picture: Darren Pateman

September 2006: Gary Hughes of Merewether soaks up some rays. Picture: Simone De Peak

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

May 2006: Mackerals season swimming launch. Picture: Darren Pateman

March 2006: Alan Baker takes a dip. Picture: Peter Stoop

February 2006: Police attend Merewether Ocean Baths after a bone was found. Picture: Simone De Peak

November 2005: Taking the plunge. Picture: Simone De Peak

November 2005: People cooling off. Picture: Simone de Peak

July 2004: Massive surf at Merewether. Picture: Darren Pateman

February 2004: Swimmers take relief from a hot day in Newcastle. Picture: Darren Pateman

July 2004: Massive surf at Merewether. Picture: Darren Pateman

August 2004: Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Glen McCurtayne

February 2005: Clean up. Picture: Stefan Moore

October 2004: Pool safety. Picture: Quentin Jones

December 2004: Early morning at Merewether Ocean Baths. Picture: Darren Pateman

March 2001: Mackeral swimming club members at Merewether Baths.

Merewether Ocean Baths in the early days.

November 1935: The opening of Merewether Ocean Baths.

TweetFacebook The life and times of Merewether Ocean Baths THIS time two years ago, keen swimmers were jumping for joy as Merewether Bathsreopened after its $4 million upgrade.

To celebrate the iconic fixture on our coastline, we take a look back to the history of the baths –all the way back to 1935.