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Through The Eyes Of A True Local

Max and his mates at The Pass : Byron Bay

We sat down with one of the true locals and all round gentlemen in the Byron Bay community, Max Pendergast recently and asked him to share a few of his photos and the stories behind them.

Can you give us a brief history of the family…….

My dad was the grandson of an Irish convict ( Like many of the early Australian first settlers). He moved up to the North coast in the early 1920’s from the Eden Manaro area, Twofold Bay. Where the family were whalers working with Benjamin Boyd. He married my mother who was a local girl from a farming family at Ewingsdale and settled in Byron Bay. They had four kids three girls and me, so that makes my children Kirra and Jy 4th generation Byron locals & their children Morgan (Kirra’s son) Marley and Hendrix (Jy’s Kids) fifth. Dad and his brother owned a milk run in town and he later worked at the Abattoirs as a refrigeration engine driver until he retired.

What do you think when you see these photos?………..

Well I’ve been riding surfboards here for 45 years now and now when I’m in the water and see no respect, fools dropping in and arguing, crowded surf, out of control in experienced backpackers, no parking, signs everywhere! I just smile to myself and think, no matter whatever else you throw at me, you really missed it! I had the best of it!!!!!!!!!!

Aloha Mau…Max

Max at “Stewies”, (Between the Surf Club and Clark’s) : Byron Bay

Watego’s circa 1970 : Byron Bay

Algy Reid at Stewies (Between the Surf Club and Clark’s) : Byron Bay

Sand mining at Main beach (Between Clark’s and town ) around 1970 : Byron Bay

A Californian surfer and good friend Derek Beckner around 1966. He lives on the big island in Hawaii now, we still keep in touch. Photo taken inside the Pass (Tommo’s) : Byron Bay