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April 1, 2003

Fun times at the Tyagarah Meat Pool


From the Echo:
Local historian Ron 'Tigger' Smith has written a book called Tyagarah Meat Pool - A Community History.

Ron's book records the period 1927 - 1943 when the meat pool was a centre of community interaction.

'The medical wisdom of those tiumes advocated the beneficial properties of meat', says Ron, 'and so Tyagarah residents built the pool as a healing centre, much the same way people would regard a spa today.'

The pool attracted residents from all over the district, especially youngsters in search of a refreshing swim.

The reputation of Tyagarah spread as far as Brisbane, where the Courier-Mail noted in 1936, 'It is well worth the five hour journey down the coast to partake in the delights of the Tyagarah Meat Pool. You will receive the benefits bestowed by the healing powers of the fresh cuts of meat, all provided at cost by willing local graziers, and in addition meet the interesting people of the area whose conviviality is unrivalled along the coast.'

Ron Smith spent two years compiling the book. 'The best part was interviewing the old-timers,' he says, 'who had lots of tales about the meat pool and other aspects of the rural community.

'It seems some fine romances were started over a fresh haunch at the pool, and our community elders were a lot spicier, shall we say, in their behaviour than they like to let on!'

The book will be launched on Tuesday April 1 at the Tyagarah Historical Museum

Posted at April 1, 2003 12:00 AM

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