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Why not get a Swim Spa...
• Fits in limited space • Portable
• Low Maintenance • Cheap to run
• Hot or Cold
• Yes, you can swim against the swim jets
Come into Warners Bay for a test swim.
Swim spas on display in the showroom.
Lay-by now to be in your swim spa
183 Macquarie Rd, Warners Bay 4956 5588 (Look for the big blue building)
have the GOOD LIFE...
WORLD WAR II IS OVER: AUGUST, 1945
In the early afternoon of Wednesday, August 15, 1945, an
estimated 100,000 people crammed into the city area of
Newcastle to celebrate and dance in the streets: World War II
In a Hunter Valley coalmine a wheeler heard the news and
sent skips into the mine chalked on the side with: “Ofﬁcial. The
bastards have chucked it.” When the news reached The Dyke on
Newcastle Harbour, men rushed to catch the ferry while others
couldn’t wait and dived, fully clothed, into the harbour to swim to
Men working on the railway bridge across the Hawkesbury
River made sure train travellers got the message. On each of
the bridge spans they chalked “Japan Surrenders” and “War
Over.” People poured out of shops which closed their doors and
remained closed for days. Industries closed with their workers
heading for the city.
After the announcement – made by Prime Minister Ben Chiﬂey
and relayed to Hunter St – Radio 2KO began playing dance music
and in a ﬂash Hunter St, between Bolton and Newcomen streets,
turned into a huge outdoor dance hall, where one of the lasting
images of VP-Day is the news photograph of Phyllis Mook and
Flo Dillon doing a celebratory dance.
Mook, a well-known dancer in Newcastle remembered for
her performances at the Palaise Royale, died in 2009, but her
daughter, Teresa Purnell, told The Herald some time ago that
her mother had been at her grandfather’s fruit shop at Swansea
when news of the war’s end broke.
“They drove to town in the table-top truck, with mum on the
1. Dancing in
WORLD WAR II IS OVER
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