Located along the Wynnum Esplanade, overlooking Moreton Bay, the Wynnum Wading Pool is one of the most popular parks in Brisbane. The wading pool is a family favourite as the high tide sweeps sea water into the pool, making it safer for children to enjoy the ocean. If you’re looking for a quieter spot to relax, you can head on over to the man-made Pandanus Beach with its white sand and shallow waters providing a great place to unwind for all ages.
With Wynnum Jetty next door, model boat sailing socials every three weeks and picnic facilities on site, Wynnum Wading Pool and Park is perfect for the family day out or a leisurely escape.
Look below for a list of events and activities happening around the Wynnum Wading Pool and Park.
This dynamic activity is invigorating, works with both your body and your mind and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm.
This becomes very apparent when my son or daughter asks me questions about them and I have forgotten the details, or never knew them. With a feeling of reluctance and also relief I find it time to record my early memories and the events which have influenced my life. My mother, Eunice Ethel May Kelly, was the eldest of eight children; Eunice, Les, Joyce, Roy, Dorothy, Marjory and twins Gwen and Fred. I can see now that my father was a handsome, proud man with a winning way but with a short fuse.
My parents owned a car, a 1926-7 National Chevrolet Tourer, and Dad could somehow manage the clutch, brake and accelerator with his one leg and with the aid of handbrake and hand throttle. I was about 4 years old when we moved from Redcliffe to Wynnum and I have vague recollections of my parents looking at various places they might buy; these included a run-down farm house but they eventually bought a war service home at Wynnum Central which at that time was developing as a working mans’ bay-side suburb situated on the south-side, twelve miles from Brisbane. The house was a conventional two bedroom weather board dwelling with a small veranda and was highset, about 6 feet off the ground, with two enclosed rooms below, one with a cast porcelain-enamel bath and the other a spare room for storage. Two acre blocks, split into 10 to 12 allotments, was the initial subdivision; approximately one-third of the allotments already had houses built on them, the remaining vacant ones were overgrown with bush trees of various size and species.
Commuters to the city from South Brisbane either walked or caught a train across Victoria Bridge. The railway was an important mover of people and goods There was a railway siding at Wynnum station and Manly station where goods trains could be loaded or off-loaded and the locomotives were steam engines.
Regular commuters sat in the same seat each day with their friends and it was not unusual to have to stand for part of the trip to town . The Wynnum Manly district was quite large, consisting of Lota, Manly, Wynnum Central, Wynnum , Wynnum West and Wynnun North and was popular as a bayside suburb. Our house at Wynnum Central was close to transport, four blocks from the station and two blocks to the bus stop. The foreshores were of a sandy mud with low tide mark about one to two hundred metres from the sea wall. There were three timber jetties, one at Wynnum to the west of Wynnum creek, one at Wynnum Central, and the third at Manly; all extended beyond low water mark and each had a swimming enclosure and change cubicles. Lota creek was larger with mangrove banks and a shallow winding entrance leading to a junction with Tingalpa creek. The Bat Passage provided ready access to the Brisbane River for vessels crossing Waterloo Bay from the east. Each suburb had its primary state school and there was a convent school at Manly and Wynnum Central. School gardens were planted and it was a sought after task to water the gardens during class hours, as was the cleaning of the board with a felt duster. Impressions of the facilities and natural landmarks making the area interesting include the park and cricket pitch near the fish market at Wynnum creek.
Most houses in suburban Brisbane at the time had external toilets located near the rear fence. There was a Singer man who came around regularly selling Singer sewing machines and accessories. There were three picture theatres in the district The Star theatre in Florence Street was owned by Mr.
The local newspaper was the Waterloo Bay leader published by Mr Sam Green’s brother but it went out of business with the Star Theatre fire. Being John BeathThis memoir of the late John Beath tells a story of hard work, expertise and adventure. Cruise at 8 knots, powered by 120 hp Ford shaft driven diesel with hydraulic twin disc gearbox, morse controls. At low tide, kids can enjoy the playground nearby that boasts an array of amusements such as slides, sand, a climbing spider web and a water park with water spouting whales.
Access to the Park is available through regular services to Wynnum Central train station, located 600 metres away.
Please use newer version of your browser or visit Internet Explorer 6 countdown page for more information. They remember their grandparents with affection but now switch off, the way I used to do, when the stories get more difficult to piece together.
The reluctance is due to the knowledge of how much is missing, the relief to the fact I have started at last. She was born 15th June 1903 and grew up in the Isis District at South Isis where her parents had a cane farm three miles from Childers on the Howard Road on the Bruce Highway. She trained as a nurse in Brisbane and that was where she met my father. I remember him with an artificial leg and I can’t be sure which one it was – yes, it was the right leg above the knee. There is also a record of an AIF Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad which records: John August Beathe age 17 years 7 months dated 13th July 1916 marking the year of his birth as 1899. I was named John Hemsley Beath, the middle name for Doctor Hemsley who had saved my mother’s life after a difficult birth.


I remember the car having a crank handle and spark advance, also retard levers at the steering wheel.
The clothes line consisted of 3 runs of galvanised wire running between two posts set in the ground, each with a cross arm secured with a centre bolt. There was a rail motor service from Manly to Cleveland affectionately referred to as the “Rattler”. The trains ran from early morning to midnight, and if you dozed off to sleep on the last train you ended up at Manly station. They had the advantage of having a terminus in the city at North Quay so you did not have to cross the river as for the train where the terminus was at South Brisbane. Under certain weather conditions sand built up at the base of the wall and sand castle competitions were organised.
The enclosure was constructed using hardwood battens between timber piles spaced so as to keep sharks out, but jelly fish had free entry. There was a private girls school on Bay Terrace Wynnum Central run by the Misses Green, sisters of a former mayor of the district when Wynnum was a municipality before the formation of the Brisbane City Council. Later we used pen and ink, each desk having it’s own ink-well; keeping them full, using Simpsons ink, was another task. Across from this was Fishers hotel and over the road from the hotel was the billiard saloon and barber shop. Memorial park adjoining Manly had trees planted after World War 1 in memory of those who did not return. It had two football ovals and change shed, a croquet court and club building, a bowls club , and the Wynnum scout hall. Ice was used to keep food fresh and the ice box was developed to be efficient and a piece of furniture, varying from a wooden box zinc lined to a metal cabinet, top or side opening. This was the time before supermarkets or even cash and carry stores where you serve yourself.
Expect to find, in these memoirs, much that is good historical fact, something of the skills of engineering and plenty of the life story of a remarkable man.
Beautifully restored bay cruiser, very sound and exceptionally spacious, sale price includes the bonus of 23 years lease of a liveaboard marina berth. Over 4 and half years spent on a no expenses spared internal and external refit including new wiring, plumbing etc. It could be, that was the way I saw it at the time, or, as the years have passed my mind is playing tricks as I recall those early memories. This fits in with the dad’s story that he put his age up to enlist in world war one and that he changed his name from Ernest August Beathe to John Alfred Beath.
I arrived in the middle of the great depression when we were living at Scoffs Beach Redcliffe. The arms could rotate and the height of one line could be adjusted but care had to be taken when walking under the clothes line. Brisbane was divided by the Brisbane River, so you became either a ‘north sider’ or a ‘south sider’ and it is surprising how many people remained on one side of the river. Of course each station was manned by a station master or station mistress and often a railway porter or junior porter. A lasting memory I have of steam train travelling is the occasional fleck of coal dust finding its way into my eye through the carriage window. WaterlooBay was bounded by the foreshore and King Island off Wellington Point, then Green Island , St. High tide mark came well up the wall and waves slopped on to and over the top in certain wind and tide combinations. The two railway bridges restricted navigation and Lota seemed to be the end of the earth with local knowledge needed to navigate the channel.
The fruit boat from the southern Moreton Bay islands was a regular user taking fruit from the islands to the Brisbane markets, twelve miles up the river. There was no interaction between the state and convent schools and this division was basically between protestant and catholic and was evident for many years. Even now I am right handed for anything using both hands and left handed where one hand is the requirement, for example, l use a knife and fork conventionally but change a soup or dessert spoon over to my left hand.
Ink pens consisted of a timber handle with a nib holder into which the steel nib was inserted. On the upstream side of the bridge across Wynnum creek were smaller mud slip moorings and houses abutting on to the creek. It had a cricket pitch in the middle of a soccer field enclosed with a post and rail fence, there was also a timber pavilion and grandstand. Inside was a timber bench seat with the can placed underneath through a small door in the back.
The Rawleighs man was another regular with his suitcase of samples of Rawleigh products for example, ointments, lotions, and soothing balms. Queensland, at one time, must have been plagued by rats, which resulted in regulations for concrete slabs on the ground, requiring a rat proof wall to be put into the ground around the slab. My father had a twin sister Ester (Hell) and they were the youngest of ten surviving children, namely Frederick, Sarah, Minnie, James, Antoinette, David, Cecilia, Elve, Ester and Ernest (twins). A very early recollection I have of that time was of a youngster holding on to the stem of a dinghy, unfortunately he almost drowned; another memory is of visiting a house adjoining extreme tidal mud flats and I recall it today as looking something like a farm.
The house was set on round hardwood posts or house stumps set two feet into the ground and the area was enclosed by hardwood battens. Steam trains ran from Manly to the terminus station at South Brisbane which was adjacent to the interstate terminus.


Where roads crossed the railway line next to stations railway gates were erected so as to close the road when trains went through; this was a constant source of work.
It had been purposely built for the job, with a shallow draft and a short mast and jib boom crane and its silhouette made it readily recognisable.
Primary school started about age five and went to grade seven when the scholarship and intermediate examinations were set for entry to high school around age thirteen when you could leave school. Through Kitchener park ran Wynnum creek, a trickle of water at times but there was one deep hole where you could swim and mess around in canoes. Birchley’s on the corner of Bay terrace and Florence street sold most needed household items, groceries and smallgoods.
Kerosene was sold in four gallon rectangular tins, and in hard times each of these items was put to use for purposes not envisaged at the time of purchase. Green would rig up a hammock, for small children to sleep in, strung from the top rail of your seat to the one in front.
It was typical of the other houses in that area, complete with wood stoves, concrete laundry tubs, cast iron boiler stand with copper tub, chip heater for bath, 2000 gallon rainwater tank, and toilet, or ‘thunder box’, near the back fence. There was talk of connecting this line to the city but that was to happen many years later. This was a wonderful area for children to grow up in, for swimming fishing picnicking and boating were all part of our lives.
There was also several moving picture machines in which you inserted one or two pennies , turned the handle and looked into the viewer at the animated pictures flipping over. At Wynnum Central a wading pond was constructed near the jetty approach, it had concrete walls to sea wall level, a sandy floor, and flood gates set in concrete abutments to fill or empty the pool. The general prerequisites for a job were: scholarship for an apprenticeship, junior certificate for a job in a bank, insurance company, or public service, and senior certificate for matriculation to university.
I subconsciously think I write with my right hand so the other is my left, I’m not dyslexic but I am glad the dark ages of making every child conform have gone. In the late nineteen thirties the area was acquired by the education department and Wynnum High School was built. The canoes were often made from a sheet of corrugated iron bent to shape with the ends turned over and sealed; great things for cuts and scratches This area had clay banks and these were often wet down to make a slippery slide by using palm fronds for the sledge. The milk was measured in conical jugs with a flared opening for easy pouring into your milk container.
The suburban ones were generally like a toast rack with two seats facing each other and with a door each end for access. So it was that the Scholarship exam was usually taken at age thirteen, Junior exam at age fifteen and senior exam at age seventeen. This was the first state high school other than State High School at South Brisbane to be built for the south side and now students from Cleveland could attend high school at Wynnum rather than travel all the way to the city. There was one area near the deep hole where the earth was flattened and the creek bank was about two metres below the park level. These were sized half pint, pint, quart and gallon, and were filled from a tap fitted into the milk can at the back of the cart The horses knew their run and where to stop. It was usual to have a trellis blocking off the view and overgrown with chocos or some similar plants. This was the era of the small corner store selling basic needs and we had Mulray’s store just a couple of blocks away.
There was a fish and chip shop outside the theatre, and also a milk bar and confectionary shop; and across the road another shop where patrons were catered for at interval. This rat wall requirement remained until just recently, when it was superseded by the Building Code of Australia requirement; Queensland then followed the same requirement as other states. There was a slide-up window and a slide-up window louvre screen at each end of the seat and also in each door. The depth at the centre would be around three to four feet and the pool was affectionately referred to as the “duck pond”.
Regretfully, many years later, a fire caused the loss of the building and a fireman lost his life. There was often another type of carriage with a central isle opening to a balcony and access from each end of the carriage. There was also a small bathing enclosure where the sisters or nuns from the convent could swim in privacy.
When games were in progress cockatoos were strategically placed to give warning when unwelcome visitors approached.
This arrangement was labour intensive, but it worked with depots at Lota and Capalaba, but no one was sorry when many years later the area was sewered. It was a small jetty off the foreshore down from the convent with a change shed and enclosure at the end. Slates, slate pencils, slate cloths, reading books and copy books come to mind together with repetitive tables such as, one plus one etc.
There was a golf club several bowls clubs, croquet club, R S L club, Rugby League and soccer clubs as well as sailing clubs and other sporting bodies which included the Gorden Club.
The time was vanishing when Browns Store, opposite the theatre, sold ice-blocks for a penny.



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