Beautiful Bondi, 1926


An early silent documentary appearing the points of interest of Bondi Beach and the encircling Waverley house. Beaches come with Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama. Surfing, swimming, sunbaking, lifestyles savers, all of the oceanfront actions and contours which can be observed on those seashores nowadays had been simply as widespread within the 1920s. Hotels and condominium traits are observed beneath building, lots of which stay as Bondi heritage nowadays.
NFSA: 8966

33 Comments

  1. gpet 72 on 20/12/2017 at 5:41 am

    Did any of these happy folk have worries?

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 7:24 am

      +gpet 72 : Major Wurries for Aussie Blokes in 1926-
      1) Is the beer cold enough?
      2) Have I got enough ciggies?
      3) Is that sheila gonna go to the movies with me?
      4) Can I still surf tomorrow with my hangover?
      5) Are the waves gonna be good tomorrow?
      6) Can we beat the Pommy cricket team and bring back the Ashes? (Unfortunately no, England won by 289 runs).

    • bullitzzz on 20/12/2017 at 10:51 am

      I reckon you got it spot on

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

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    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

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    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

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    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

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      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

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      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

      +bullitzzz : ?Cheers!

    • dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 10:58 am

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    • Margot on 27/12/2017 at 8:17 am

      Going off to war in 1939.

    • gpet 72 on 27/12/2017 at 8:20 am

      Margot yes in another 14 or so years

  2. tobagotb10 on 20/12/2017 at 6:04 am

    Things I observed:
    2:41 These people could blend right in today, compared to fashion in the 1970’s.
    3:27 and 4:13 Those blokes in their briefs over their bathing suites. Excellent!
    It’s good to see people dressed to their best. No tattoos and piercings back then.

  3. Azzamatic on 20/12/2017 at 6:38 am

    Back when Bondi was a whites only beach, heard the Sutherland Shire still follows this old tradition

    • Dick Tater on 20/12/2017 at 11:10 pm

      Back then, everywhere had White Only policy. It wasn’t until after the 2nd WW that we started getting rid of it.

  4. dav snow on 20/12/2017 at 7:31 am

    Amazingly, 90 years later, the method of construction shown at the 12:36 mark, of Mr Shaw’s International Hotel is still in use today in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The wooden shuttering for the reinforced concrete pour (by hand held buckets), mild steel rods for reinforcement, wooden formwork & scaffolding, columns and horizontal beams with brick infill, all regularly used, even to the extent of having eucalyptus poles grown locally for such temporary structures for the concrete pour.

  5. SunnyZ on 20/12/2017 at 8:29 am

    2:53 OMG! We found Hitler on vacation in Bondi Beach!

  6. Dick Tater on 20/12/2017 at 11:08 pm

    Whats with the Reg Grundies over the cossies? LOL!

  7. Anthony Brennan on 21/12/2017 at 6:02 am

    Wow what a fantastic video! So refreshing after all the photos from around that era when no one smiled in photos. Hard to believe all those people, so full of life are now mostly long gone. Thank you for posting this, NFSA.

    • Ken Y on 22/12/2017 at 5:28 am

      Anthony Brennan and not a selfie in sight

  8. cromulentparty on 26/12/2017 at 6:54 am

    You can tell it’s pre WWII, old mate is rocking the Hitler mo at 2:49

  9. Margot on 27/12/2017 at 8:19 am

    The days without air conditioners, mobile phones, blasted emails, correct knowledge of CPR and sun-cream.

    • dav snow on 27/12/2017 at 10:02 am

      +Margot : I don’t think skin cancer had been invented then, either. Probably because the Ozone Layer was still intact over Australia.

  10. SydneyAust58 on 06/01/2018 at 7:17 pm

    No obesity back then …. well before fast food chains

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