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This photograph from the Tyrrell collection shows some model yacht enthusiasts sailing their craft in Centennial Park. Model yacht sailing was a popular leisure activity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Centennial Park Model Yacht Club was established in 1890, only a couple of years after the park officially opened in 1888.
The ponds were integral to the Victorian design of the Park, with one specially allocated to model sailing and named The Model Yacht Pond. Competitions were held regularly and the activities of the club were reported in the newspapers such as The Evening News. In 1926 the Model Yacht Club ceased sailing their boats due to silt in the Pond.
In these more environmentally conscious times swimming, wading and fishing in the ponds and streams of the Park are prohibited. The Model Yacht Pond retains its name but is now an entry point for storm water. A Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) is installed adjacent to Model Yacht Pond to prevent pollution carried through the storm water from entering the pond environment.
For more about the history of the Centennial Park Pond, see the Centennial Parklands website.
Photography by Kerry & Co
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