Pictures of the Past - Greg Ray

LAMBTON pool celebrated its 50th birthday last month.

The pool was one of many built around NSW partly as a living war memorial. War veterans wanted useful and practical memorials to commemorate their sacrifices, not just plaques and statues.

Despite some controversy at times over its entry fees, the pool remains a popular Newcastle recreational asset.

When Newcastle City Council demolished the Frederic Ash building last year, a keen-eyed demolition worker salvaged some of the huge volume of historical material that was on its way to landfill.

Here are a few examples of his salvage: pieces of artwork prepared by the council in the 1960s for publications promoting Newcastle and its industrial advantages.

How much has changed in 50 years.

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