Author Archives: Caroline Ford

Back to the beach: the lurking shadows on everyone’s mind

Heading into another gorgeous Sydney summer and of course I’m starting to think about the beach again. And I’m not the only one. An unusually hot long weekend for early October and my instagram account is full of photos of … Continue reading

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Maroubra: boom or bust in the 1920s

State and local governments had high expectations for the suburb surrounding Maroubra Beach in the 1920s. They watched as beachside suburbs further north around Bondi, Bronte and Coogee enjoyed a population explosion, and waited in keen anticipation for the coastal … Continue reading

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#maroubraweek

The Sydney Beaches book tour hits Maroubra this weekend, and to celebrate, we’re having a Maroubra Week. Share you favourite photos and stories on twitter or instagram via #maroubraweek, or check back here for MY favourite Maroubra photos and stories … Continue reading

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Reading on the beach

On the first day of Summer I was invited to help launch the Randwick Council’s innovative new ‘beach library’ on Coogee Beach. Consisting of a set of big white waterproof bookshelves with more than 1000 books and magazines, beachgoers are … Continue reading

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Launch of Sydney Beaches

Thanks to the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Phillipa McGuinness, Ariel Books and all who came along to help launch Sydney Beaches: A History. What a great night! And thanks again to Zing Flowers for the beautiful, beach themed flowers.

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Sculptures by the (private) Sea?

It’s that time of year again: the eve of Summer, when the first hints of sunshine invite Sydney’s beach lovers back to the coast to reacquaint their love affair with sun, sand and surf. In the eastern suburbs, the enchanting … Continue reading

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Surf and the city: a love affair

A century ago the Sydney Morning Herald published an article describing Sydney in late Spring that is as true today as it was then (trams aside): Sydney is herself again when surfing begins … The majority of our population run into … Continue reading

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The ghost of Luna Park

Bondi Beach nearly had a Luna Park. Can you imagine it? When the Bondi Park Trustee, the Waverley Council, first mooted the idea in 1929 offers to build parks came flooding in. Among them, the proprietors of Melbourne’s Luna Park at St Kilda Beach sought to invest £75 … Continue reading

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Sydney Beaches: A History

I’m excited to announce Sydney Beaches: A History will be in stores in October 2014. The product of extensive research over more than a decade, Sydney Beaches is the first detailed environmental, cultural and political history of our much-loved ocean coast. Researching the book … Continue reading

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