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The swimming centre commemorates the former Prime Minister Harold Holt who disappeared and was presumed drowned at Portsea, Victoria in 1967. 

The memorial swimming centre was originally opened in 1969 and redeveloped as the Harold Holt Swim Centre with Stage 1 being completed in 1999. The centre has been classified by the National Trust. 

Harold Edward Holt, (5 August 1908 – 17 December 1967), was an Australian politician and the 17th Prime Minister of Australia from 1966 to 1967.  In 1935, aged just 27, he was elected for Fawkner. Holt spent 32 years in Parliament, including many years as a senior Cabinet Minister, but was Prime Minister for only 22 months before he disappeared in December 1967 while swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, Victoria and was presumed drowned.


Address:High & Edgar Streets, Harold Holt Swim Centre, Malvern, 3144
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.858208
Long: 145.044534
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal
Designer:Kevin Borland & Daryl Jackson
Monument Manufacturer:A.R.P. Crow & Sons Pty Ltd


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th March, 1969
Front Inscription

Plaque :

City of Malvern

Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre officially opened by the Right Honourable John G Gorton M. P. Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia in 16 March 1969

Councillors of the City of Melbourne 
Cr. S. Winston Hall, J.P. Mayor

[ Names of local councillors ]

Chairman of Swimming Centre Committee    Cr.J.C. Pollack, M.B.E., J.P. 
D.W. Lucas. Town Clerk       K.J. Dowling, City Engineer
Architects Kevin Borland, Daryl Jackson    
Builder: A. R. P. Crow & Sons Pty Ltd  

Plaque :

Stonnington City Council

The Mayor of Stonnington, Cr Christopher Gahan officially unveiled this plaque to mark the completion of the Stage One Redevelopment of the Harold Holt Swim Centre
4 March 1999

John Chandler   Councillors       Annette Stockman 
Barry Fenton      Leon Hill          Denise Wallish
Adam Held         Anne O`Shea   Roz Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
Frank Tait 




Source: MA,ACPH, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au