Jack Fisher Looks Back

Jack Fisher Looks Back

Catering for the swimming fraternity in the days before Environmental Impact Statements were invented wasn’t a difficult matter if the enterpreneurial activities of the Fisher family at Five Dock Bay are any indication. The fabulous story of Five Dock Bay’s famous floating baths has been told before in District News, however the full photographic splendour…

Frederick Cavill and his Amazing Baths

Frederick Cavill and his Amazing Baths

Cavill migrated to Australia, reaching Melbourne with his family in February 1879.  He soon moved to Sydney and set up as a ‘professor of swimming’ at his Lavender Bay Baths.  In 1884 he published a pamphlet How to Learn to Swim which outlined his theories on ‘natations’. Cavill’s name looms large in the history of Australian swimming. …

Regulations for Baking and Sale of Bread 1816

Regulations for Baking and Sale of Bread 1816

Having ascertained that many bakers had been supplying shortweight bread of inferior quality, His Honour the Lieutenant-Gover­nor announced that production and sale of bread would be controlled. All persons who wished to operate a bakery were required to obtain a licence, costing 5 shillings sterling, from the Police Officer. Granted a licence the baker was…