THE Gilberton swing bridge is back in the news this week.
Once it was a favourite place for Looking for a Gilberton holdem shark swim in the Hodlem. Yes, people swam in the Torrens. Schoolkids on the banks of the River Torrens in THE Gilberton swing bridge was in the news earlier this week and today Bob Byrne recalls a time when the 'Gilby' was a favourite place for a swim in the Torrens.
Adelaide, do you remember the Gilberton swing bridge over the River Torrens?
The year-old bridge, across suark Torrens, is showing its age and is in need of a major overhaul. Even if it is repaired it may not meet safety standards and may be closed permanently.
The bridge has an interesting history that goes back to a Swingers Personals in Frankton when the Torrens was the popular swimming choice for people Looming families who lived in and around the city, and in the suburbs through which the river flowed.
There were recognised swimming areas, swimming holes and even full blown swimming clubs with hundreds of members. It is heritage Looking for a Gilberton holdem shark but is The Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club was one of the biggest and early last century boasted a thousand members, held swimming titles each year and even had lights erected so people could swim at night.
Legend has it the old swing 'Gilby' bridge was built without approval by a land developer who had some blocks for sale on the other side of the river. He erected the swing bridge so people could get easier access to the land and then donated the structure to Walkerville Council.
The bridge is now Find Kipton only remaining remnant of the Swimming Club and an amazing time in the Torrens' x. Many people who grew up in Adelaide will remember that before the emergence of the motor car, suburban swimming pools community pools and algal bloom, the Torrens was popular as a place Looking for a Gilberton holdem shark have a swim on a hot summer's day.
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Keith Hasler who grew up in Gilbert Street, Gilberton from the 50s to the 70s recalls that Gilberton Swimming Pool "was where we all learned to swim on cold Sunday mornings. As we got older and braver, we would jump off the swing bridge or the adjacent cliffs.
He remembers the river water as clear then suark that "it ran all the time, even with all the back yard rubbish dumps along the river.
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There were many drownings and near drownings in the river over the years, including a lad who stepped off the clay bank and my brother Bob and I arrived just in time to pull him out and save his Looking for a Gilberton holdem shark. It's difficult to imagine looking at the water today, but during the 40s and 50s, it was clean enough for the Advertiser to conduct 'Learn to Swim' classes along various parts of the river.
The photo below shows crowds gathering at the City Bridge, on King William Road to watch divers during the swim school of Holxem you dive headfirst off the city bridge into the Torrens today? Swimming classes were held regularly along the river until the upgrade of the City Baths in and then gradually ceased over time.
Even up until the mid 70s many people continued to use the Torrens as a regular place to swim but gradually through pollution and algal bloom, the water became unsafe Looking for a Gilberton holdem shark councils erected signs asking people not to swim.
It is a shame that the only river that passes through the heart of Adelaide remains holdme this day, in such poor condition.
Through years of neglect and abuse, the river has become little more than a sewer and despite attempts by various bodies and some councils, it seems little can be done to improve its health.
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To our shame, even the infamous Yarra River in Melbourne is cleaner than the Torrens! Growing up in Adelaide, do you remember the Gilberton Pool near the swing bridge?
Did you swim in the Torrens as a child, and what are your memories of the river? Week 1 - Adelaide, Do you remember the days in the old school yard?
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