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Shark attacks and sewage slicks, lifesavers and surfers, amusement parks and beach camps – the beach is Sydney’s most iconic landscape feature. From Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, Sydney’s coastline teems with life. People from around the city escape to the beaches to swim, surf, play and lie in the sun. Sydney Beaches tells the story of how Sydneysiders developed their love of the beach, from 19th century picnickers to the surfing and sun-baking pioneers a century later.
But Sydney’s beaches have another history, one that is lesser known and more intriguing. Our world-famous beach culture only exists because the first beachgoers demanded important rights. This book is also the story of these battles for the beach. Accompanied by vibrant images of Sydney’s surf, sand and sun worship, this expansive and delightful book is the story of how a city developed a relationship with its ocean coast, and how a nation created a culture.
About the Author
Caroline Ford has been researching and writing about the history of Australian beaches for over ten years. She has worked as a research historian for Surf Life Saving Australia and as a cultural heritage researcher for the NSW Government. Caroline is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney's Department of History, Australia.
Excellent reading for those who grew up on or near Sydney Beaches.
Port Stephens N.S.W.
Every family should have this excellent
It is an interesting easy to read history for all ages and certainly should be read by the younger generation.
Surfers perfect gift
This book is very engaging. Once I started reading I was intrigued and learnt a lot about the beaches around me that I had been visiting for 40 years.
Curl Curl, Sydney
Great Christmas gift
Sydney Beaches is an engaging and fascinating history of Sydney's coast from Palm Beach to Cronulla. From amusement park at Coogee to sand dunes at Bondi it was really interesting to discover the hidden history of Sydney's Beaches. I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone with a passion for our coast.
ISBN: 9781742232898 ISBN-10: 1742232892 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 328 Published: 1st October 2014 Publisher: NewSouth Publishing Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6
Weight (kg): 0.68