TitleRafting Grounds swimming hole - lower Caboolture River in 1937DescriptionRafting Grounds were situated near southern end of Short Street at the southwest corner of Portion 19 Parish of Canning County of Canning. It was used by boats in the early days because it had a large sandstone area on the northern bank which made it ideal for loading and unloading cargo. The diving tower in this photo and the springboard nearby (not in photo) were erected by voluntary labour. Adjacent and parallel to this sandstone shore was a rocky shelf some three or four feet wide and about four feet under water at high tide. A set of steps had been cut into the sandstone leading down to this ledge. Once again by voluntary labour. At weekends, particularly Sundays, it was not uncommon for fifty to a hundred people to be swimming, with similar numbers lining the high banks (a Natural Amphitheatre). Many families were split, with the able swimmers using the Rafting Grounds and the younger, less able swimmers using the Gravel a relatively safe, shallow gravel-bedded spot, some 300 metres downstream near George Newton's farm. Probably half the town's swimmers learnt to swim at the Gravel. See also Page 293 of the publication From Spear & Musket.Date1937CollectorCobb, ThelmaRecord typePhotographFormat typePhysicalOriginal format colourBlack and white
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