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Sydney Beaches : A History - Caroline Ford

Paperback Published: 1st October 2014
ISBN: 9781742232898
Number Of Pages: 328

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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.


Fantastic Research


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.

Bundeena NSW


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. Loved it. AS

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.




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ISBN: 9781742232898
ISBN-10: 1742232892
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.68