The Swan River was the focus of Perth’s recreational life. Crabbing and swimming were enjoyed by all classes.
After the Perth City Baths closed in 1913, affected by shallow muddy water and jellyfish, a new, much larger public baths was built on a sandy base further west at Crawley Bay.
Many generations of children learnt to swim at Crawley, enduring the jellyfish which became one of their key memories.
Families swam and picnicked at many small beaches along the Swan River.