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The warders’ swimming pool

Warders' swimming pool

A swimming pool, or rather ‘a bathing place for warders’, was erected in 1917. It was an area at the end of the causeway, near the jetty, complete with dressing shed. The facility was essentially an area enclosed with iron rails driven into the seabed to protect the swimmers from sharks.

Within weeks of completion, 45-year-old Robert McConkey was killed, when he broke his neck while diving into the new facility. The warders soon appreciated that the best (and safest) time for swimming was when the tide was full.

The photograph above shows the ageing and rusting ‘bathing place’ as it was several years after the prison had closed.

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