Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia

Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia
Fonty's Pool, near Manjimup, Western Australia. We eventually made it to Fonty's Pool. I had visited here when I was a boy in the 1960s. Had taken my family there in the 1980s. Each time the place has been further developed. It is such a pleasant, magnificent place to be. April 2014.

Fonty's pool is a landmark in the Manjimup region, attracting many visitors every year. The founder of Fonty's pool, Archimedes Fontanini, bought 460 acres of land in 1907 and began farming there. He used to grow potatoes and other crops in the wet area in front of the house. Eventually he decided to let the land rest and dammed the area by dragging a large log across the creek. His 5 children used it as a swimming hole, and their friends joined them. Because there was no local swimming pool in Manjimup the local council encouraged him to charge a fee so people could use the pool. It was opened to the public in 1925.

After a time of being closed, it was re-opened in 1979 in celebration of Western Australia's 150the celebrations. Fontanini, then already 100 years old, was present. He died at 103 in 1982.

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