Bondi Bay, Sydney

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Format: Glass plate negative.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum otographic

Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985

themrssharp, stuandgravy, Tnine, and 68 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. AussieGold 73 months ago | reply

    How nice it would be if it still looked like this!

    No fast food stores, no luxury apartments, no carpark....

  2. DominusVobiscum 71 months ago | reply

    Could this be a group of orphan children at the beach on a Sunday, or a field trip of school or church children? They don't seem to be with their separate families - One can see a few adults in the background standing guard, watching. Only one child is completely bare standing at the edge of the waves, another in underwear. I get the feeling they aren't even with this group of children at all. Very few seem to be taking advantage of the ocean. Most all of the children (students ?) are wearing full public dress. Girls are wearing standard white dresses, some with smock aprons, hats, stockings and shoes are on. Boys in full dress and hats as well. Where are their bathing costumes? This group seem to be observing the water rather than enjoying it for seaside activities, early 1900s to 1910s...

  3. Kingkongphoto & 55 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best Vintage Images on Flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  4. beachcomberaustralia 36 months ago | reply

    Henry King (the photographer) took another photograph minutes earlier a little to the left -

    "No.1440 Bondi Bay Sydney (H.King Syd:)" NAA, Dated 1894

  5. Highranger 36 months ago | reply

    Shark proof swimming costumes..... choke hazard :-)

  6. beachcomberaustralia 28 months ago | reply

    The other photo's glass negative ("No. 1440" as above) is also in the Tyrrell Collection -

    Also the the reverse view ("No. 1439") -

    These additional images found via a Trove search for "Bondi Bay". Great that the PhM has at last joined Trove !

    Trying to confirm the date for the three images - I think "1894" (see NAA photo above - they also have "1884" which must be wrong due to the BOOS) may be a bit late - more like 1890? Maybe a fashion expert will know when boater straw hats etc became fashionable?

  7. pellethepoet 28 months ago | reply

    I'm a little confused. PhM joined PictureAustralia in December 2002. PictureAustralia images became searchable on Trove in July 2010. Therefore PhM and all other contributors to PictureAustralia "joined" Trove by default at that time.

    I think the NAA date of 1894 may be the date their print was made from the negative? This would explain why they would have a date at all. If so, this would date the photo to before 1894 as you suggest.

  8. quasymody 21 months ago | reply

    This Sydney Mail pictorial shows how much things had changed by 1906 (photos are on previous pages) -

    Here's a 1907 T&CJ pictorial on the 'Bondi Surf-Bathers' Life-Saving Club' - - Sydney Mail 1907...if you've led a sheltered life (or come from back of beyond) don't miss the illustrated instruction piece titled 'Shooting the Breakers and How to Do it' (p. 155)

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