Austinmer Beach 1925

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Woonona’s 1949 beach girl

Woonona’s Marjorie Jones, which the Sydney Daily Telegraph described as being 18 years of age, was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had a bust of 33 inches, a waist of 25 inch, hips 33 inches and weighing 8 stone 12 pounds, was a brunette, with brown eyes. She was one of the newspapers “Beach Girls…

Bulli Beach Fatality

William Palmer was a relieving clerk at the Bulli Railway Station when he drowned while swimming at Bulli beach in 1930. David Scott, 18, from Corrimal, and John Johnstone, 14, from Bulli, were later honoured with the Royal Humane Society’s bronze medal and a certificate of merit for their attempt at saving William Palmer. The…

I’ll Always Love The Surf

Raymond Short with his brother Daryl, 15, and schoolmates from Kingsgrove High School. From left: Colin Peak, Ken Tapfield, Alan Moses by his bedside in Coledale Hospital. Coledale Beach Shark Attack SOME simply addressed to “Raymond Short, Australia,” hundreds of letters and cards have found their way to the small hospital at Coledale, N.S.W., where…

Bathing Trunks

BULLI, Tuesday. Mr. Murray Jones, a beach Inspector, reported to the Bulli Shire Council last night that a bather, who had been swimming in trunks at Austinmer, had refused to leave the beach or put on a regulation costume. He recommended that the council should prosecute. It was decided to demand an apology from the…

Naked swimming in the Gong

By MICK ROBERTS © MAYBE it’s our weather – the hot summers. The past time of skinny dipping, getting the clobber off, and bathing naked in the surf has persisted in the Illawarra since colonial times. During early settlement, British soldiers found the Australian weather and the white sandy beaches all too tempting, and often…