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Tales from the sea

THE NOT SO OLD MAN AND THE SEA Back in the early days in Byron Bay, none of us had much money. My workmate at Norco Co.Op, Harvey Goldsmith’s wife’s 21st. birthday was coming up, so we decide to go out in the boat to… Read More »Tales from the sea

Byron Bay in 1985…

Byron Bay local Adam Collett sent us in these images from Byron Bay in 1985. We love taking a walk down memory lane and we hope these images jog a few for you, including the old Community Centre building, the Lighthouse goats and the old… Read More »Byron Bay in 1985…

1973 – Storm Surge

This evening I received this email: Hi Kirra, I took these photos in 1973 . There was a low off the coast and a 2metre tidal surge.  I lived at Broken Head and when I went for a surf check at main beach on the way… Read More »1973 – Storm Surge

The Byron Bay Jettys

The Byron Bay Jetty in 1950 The Byron Bay Jetty’s Words and Photos by Max Pendergast There were actually two jetty’s built in Byron Bay, the first in 1888 at the top end of Jonson St, where the small Groin is now. Unfortunately the 1888… Read More »The Byron Bay Jettys

Land at Wategos for $200?

Today, you wouldn’t be able to rent a place at Watego’s for a night for $200, but back in early days, Wategos Beach was considered “too far out of town” and “too expensive”. Just imagine if you owned a piece of land there today after… Read More »Land at Wategos for $200?

Surfing in those 60’s

It doesn’t take any words to be transported back to the ‘hey day’ surfing moments of the 60’s, with these amazing images from Max Pendergast. A couple of the surfing names featured in these photos from the era are Derek Beckner (above), Brian Campbell, Doug… Read More »Surfing in those 60’s

Lennox be my Lover

We should go to Lennox today, after we pick up the brush-cutter.’ This is the good wife speaking at about 5am this morning. Things begin quietly out here – plans are easily made – the brush-cutter (whipper-snipper) is needed because of the rampant invasion of… Read More »Lennox be my Lover