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dc.contributor.authorGrundlingh, Louis
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-15T11:19:03Z
dc.date.available2019-03-15T11:19:03Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationGrundlingh, L. 2018. “… in Johannesburg, baths are a necessity, not a luxury” the establishment of Johannesburg’s first municipal swimming bath, 1900s-1910s. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa. 81:1-26, Jul. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/4969]en_US
dc.identifier.issn0379-9867
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/31991
dc.description.abstractFollowing on the commitment of the Johannesburg Town Council and an increasing demand to provide facilities for exercise and relaxation, Johannesburg’s mayor opened the Town’s first public swimming bath on the 18th of January, 1909. Unease was felt in Britain about the health of urban residents at the time. These municipalities’ efforts of improvement reflected in the psyche of members of Johannesburg’s Town Council to ensure a healthy urban environment. One of the ways was to provide a swimming bath, as many viewed swimming as an ideal way to relax and exercise, especially considering Johannesburg’s warm climate. An additional, and potent, reason for a swimming bath was the belief that it would further contribute to the prestige of the Town. Financing the swimming bath, both in terms of its construction and maintenance, was always a concern. With this in mind, the Town Council initially proposed the conversion of the Berea disused reservoir but eventually, the Town Council decided to convert the Doornfontein reservoir, on par with world standards. Despite the fact that the bath always ran at a loss, white Johannesburgers frequented the bath in their droves, proving that it successfully served its purpose of providing a public space and swimming facilities for healthy exercise.en_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSchool for Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West Universityen_US
dc.subjectLeisure facilitiesen_US
dc.subjectPrestigeen_US
dc.subjectPopularityen_US
dc.subjectMiddle classen_US
dc.subjectFinancesen_US
dc.subjectProtagonistsen_US
dc.subjectJohannesburgen_US
dc.subjectPublic swimming bathsen_US
dc.title“… in Johannesburg, baths are a necessity, not a luxury” the establishment of Johannesburg’s first municipal swimming bath, 1900s-1910sen_US
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