The ladies could attend from 8.
Williams and Serle reported that finally "the navy exploded some dynamite under her bows which flung her bodily into the air dropping her fore and main masts down over the pier. A bye law of the Shire of Moorabbin prohibited people above the age of twelve years using the beach for purposes of bathing within forty chains of any public baths.
Not so the males! A single bath was available for three pence.
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Keys proposed the ship be placed feet from the shore with a linking gangway. Initial efforts to douse the flames by the fire brigade were thought to have been successful but the fire was again evident the next day. The solution proposed was for the naval brigade to sink the ship using a ninety pound gun mounted on a barge but this also failed.
The reasons for this can only be guessed at. People were actively discouraged from entering the water directly from the sandy beach. The fire had erupted in the hull of the ship amongst cases of kerosene while her cargo was being unloaded at Port Melbourne. In May the Beaumaris Baths were completed and tenders were called from people interested in leasing the facility.
Facebook Privacy Copyright City of Kingston website. When Council gave permission to employ a diver it also asked the Shire Engineer to report on the cost of building two additional rooms at the baths. Privacy Copyright City of Kingston website. Sitting on the fence at Beaumaris Baths.
Five councillors had attempted to have the whole matter squashed. City of Kingston acknowledges the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land on which the municipality is a part and pays respect to their Elders, past and present. The Shire Engineer inspected the site and was informed that there was a depth of five feet of water only a short distance from the shore.
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The Hilaria, a wooden ship of tons was gutted by fire the year and was lying at that time in Saltwater River, the early name for the Maribyrnong Creek. It was on November 30, that this part of Port Phillip Bay experienced a devastating storm which destroyed the baths and severely damaged other facilities along the shore line. He did not hire a boat to check this for himself. Beaumaris Baths. The baths were available to men when the red flag was flying from daylight to 8.
Beyond that distance they were not permitted to use the beach between the hours of seven in the morning and eight in the evening from October to April unless, if male, they wore "trunks of close texture and if female a full bathing costume. But before they could be opened rocks lying on the floor of the bay had to be removed so a diver was employed for four days to undertake the task.
Obscene language, defacing walls or doors or committing a nuisance were barred behaviours. Beaumaris Baths with Great Southern Hotel in background.
Charles Keefer continued to manage the Beaumaris Baths for many years as well as hiring boats from a jetty he constructed nearby. Breadcrumb Home Articles Beaumaris Baths.
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In December Council once again deferred the matter but on January 18, agreed that Mr Phillips be informed that the Council had abandoned the idea of purchasing the Hilaria. There was no provision for mixed bathing. Although the original motion at a meeting of Council was carried, not all councillors were enthusiastic about the proposal.
While he acknowledged some people were saying the baths could be built more cheaply he thought this unwise "as the first gale would wash it away.
Nevertheless pressures on the Council to provide a bathing facility at Beaumaris persisted. The baths were never rebuilt. No guidance was provided regarding apparel for females, probably because they observed appropriate decorum in their dress.