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Video of the Week – Bondi Surfing in the Sixties

By Dan Hutton on August 21, 2011 in Video

Bondi surfing in the 1960s from Gary Crockett on Vimeo.

A bit of trawling the net can turn up some interesting things.

Last week I came across this old surf footage from Bondi and Neilson Park.

It’s a brief cut-and-paste job by Gary Crockett with the imagery coming from a box load of 1960s 16mm footage shot by local artist and photographer Charles “Bill” Moseley at Bondi Beach, Sydney, along with a minute or two of surfing inside the harbour at Neilson Park, courtesy of his daughter Marilyn Moseley.

To be honest, after watching some of the drop-ins and fades in this footage it’s fair to say that not too much has changed down at good old Bondi!

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  1. Fantastic footage, what a great resource. Kids, dogs, girls in bikinis, boys with pants round their ankles, even some boogie boarding, not much has changed. Bondi was and still is a people magnet for good reasons. Thanks for sharing the footage.

    Posted by: Grant | August 22, 2011, 1:37 PM |

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  2. That’s awesome. Yep, still crowded on those waves. Surfing ben buckler hasn’t changed either. Nice to catch a glimpse of the mermaids on the mermaid rock too and strangely get all warm n fuzzy with fond? memories of the sewage outlet.

    Posted by: Mish k | August 22, 2011, 7:19 PM |

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  3. THE OPENING SCENE WITH GROUP OF GIRLS WALKING ALONG THE PROM HAS BEEN SPLICED IN REVERSE. YOU CAN SEE THE ASTRA AND THE BALCONIES ALONG NOTTS AVE. AND THEY SHOULD BE ON THE LEFT.
    A LONG TIME LOCAL

    Posted by: MAL | August 22, 2011, 10:03 PM |

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  4. Absolutely fantastic to see Australian footage from yesteryear + so many people enjoying our beautiful coastline all those years ago. Hopefully that never changes and generations to come will also view the history of our beaches through visual stories and photographs 🙂

    Thanks to Charles “Bill” Moseley and ‘The Beast’ for posting a little treasure trove of images long-gone by.

    Marcus O’Brien

    Posted by: Marcus O'Brien | August 23, 2011, 1:01 PM |

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