There were many swimming holes in both the West Kiewa and East Kiewa Rivers and the Kiewa River proper, below the Junction adjacent to the Bright Gap road. Kids would head off on foot and their bikes on a hot day, traveling miles just to cool down and have fun. This is a collection of those popular holes that we should all remember and cherish.
This is my story as told to the Victorian Homicide Squad in 2005. At that time I was approached by Detective Sergeant Wayne Newman to recount a story that was disclosed to police at the time of Derek Percy's arrest for the murder of Yvonne Tuohy at Warneet in 1970. The case had gone cold for 30 years and Wayne led the team to try to link other crimes to Percy. My life long friend Bill Hutton and I gave statements to the Homicide Squad about what we witnessed on a warm summers day in December, 1964.
The year was 1964 and four adventurous 16 year old boys decided to take one of the boy's dad's fishing boat for a burl on the Mt Beauty lake (SEC Regulating Pondage). With a 4hp Mercury motor chugging away and the lake being so small, the young group soon got bored. "Let's go up the tailrace tunnel and see what's up there." There was some hesitation but agreement was eventually reached.