(Image taken in June 2007. Author’s own collection.)
A pool created in the 1920s. Long popular with campers, other holiday-makers and residents.
Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coalcliff, NSW, 2508, Australia
(Latitude South 34 degrees 14 minutes 48 seconds, Longitude East 151 degrees 58 minutes 38 seconds)
As the name implies, Coalcliff is in a coal mining area.
Bulli Shire Council was formed.
The newly constructed Coalcliff Baths [southern rock pool] opened on January 26 with a picnic and other entertainment and was well patronised during the holidays.
The Coalcliff surf club formed.
When the Coalcliff surf club presented an account of 47 pounds to the Bulli Shire Council for the extension of baths, Council proposed setting a local rate to liquidate the debt, subject to consultation with the local association.
The Coalcliff surf club was concerned about pollution of Patterson’s creek, which meant that ‘smellful’ matter was being washed back onto the beach and baths by the tides.
Coalcliff was more popular than ever and the large number of campers included dozens on private allotments.
When the Coalcliff Progress Association complained the baths were leaking and the dressing shed and lavatory were in poor condition, there was enough money in the local fund to fix these problem
The cost of dressing sheds near the Coalcliff Baths was estimated as 775 pounds by the Bulli Shire Council engineer. The plans, which allowed for widening the baths by 20 feet to leave a 14-foot promenade between the baths and the sheds, were referred to the Coalcliff local committee.
The Bulli Shire Council was amalgamated with other Illawarra councils to form the City of Greater Wollongong.
The pool became home to the Stanwell Park Sea Eels winter swimming club.
Coalcliff Beach was bypassed by most travellers, despite the charms of the park, the rock pool and the surf.
The contentious closure of a stretch of the coast road between Coalcliff and Clifton forced visitors from Sydney to head south on the F6 freeway and descend to the coast via the Bulli Pass.
Completion of the Sea Cliff Bridge re-opened the coast road between Coalcliff and Clifton.