Friday essay: morning thalassa - the calm, salt therapy of Sydney's women's pool

Jane Messer

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Memoir essay that explores the therapeutic effect - the Greek term is 'thalassa' - upon the writer's grief and sadness at her mother's Alzheimer's, through immersion in the sea waters of the Coogee NSW ocean pool, McIver's Ladies Baths. The essay explores both the culturally diverse women who frequent the pool, and the underwater sea life within the pool itself. The writing aims to recreate the solace of immersion and to acknowledge the importance of Australia's only women's pool for women over the course of the past 100 years.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Media Group
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

This is an extract from 'The Women's Pool' edited by Lynne Spender (Spinifex Press).

Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


  • creative writing
  • Australian literature
  • memoir
  • feminism
  • women's history


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  • Morning thalassa

    Messer, J., 2021, The women's pool. Spender, L. (ed.). North Geelong, Victoria: Spinifex Press, p. 11-16 6 p.

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