An Unreliable History of Bondi

Surfer’s have been riding boards at Bondi Beach since the 1920s. Surfboards made then were carved from a single piece of timber, mainly pine, with the work carried out by the surfer himself. The boards were not particularly water resistant, only a coat of varnish and beeswax for water protection. A fine example is Jack…

Cedric and David Emanuel …(or Ted & Dave)

The main hall at Bondi Surf Club displays framed photographs of Australian Champions both individual and teams. There is only one example of father and son winners, that being Cedric and David Emanuel. Both father and son were in Champion R&R Teams, Cedric in the 1930s and David in the 1950s. Cedric, Ted to his…

“The Boys From The Sewer”

The “ Boys “ refers to the players from the Bondi Lifesavers’  Rugby Club  and the sewer, the Nth. Bondi Sewage Treatment Works , in particular the “ Stinkpot “ the chimney located on the cliffs of North Bondi like an ancient Greek column. The Stinkpot dominates Bondi below like the Parthenon defines Athens. Early 19th. Century…

A stroll down Campbell Parade from the Astra to the RatHouse – Vol. 2

  Before we leap into Volume 2 of the Bondi Epic, we should enlighten our many overseas readers on the origins of “ RatHouse “ Aussie servicemen returning from the Wars founded the North Bondi Returned Soldiers League .They built a modest headquarters in Ramsgate Ave., overlooking the beach. The building was named “ Tobruk…

A stroll down Campbell Parade from the Astra to the Rathouse – Vol. 1

  A stroll down Campbell Parade, “From the Astra to the Rathouse “ Volume 1. Paris has the Champs Elysee ,New York has Fifth Avenue, London The Mall and Bondi has Campbell Parade. However, this famous boulevarde has not always been today’s Grand Avenue. Back in the fifties, the trams coming down to the beach…

Bondi Beach Inspectors – Casting now

Auditions at the Clubhouse soon for a new TV Series ” BONDI BEACH INSPECTORS” I don’t know about you lot but I’m a little over ‘Bondi Rescue”.it’s still on TV, still pulling in huge ratings in Iceland and Estonia,still making squillions for Ben Davies. I’m tired of the TV Lifeguards with their six pack tummies…

Hutcho Hutcho & Hutcho

Sure, it does look like a firm of suburban Solicitors but we really refer to Bondi’s Hutchings brothers, Brian,Lee and Ben ( Terry ).Born and bred at Bondi the boys were endowed with perfect swimmers’ physiques,wide shoulders,barrel chests and skinny legs.In addition to becoming top swimmers they were fine surfers and watermen ,winning countless Club…

The (Bondi) Stomp

Dance crazes come and go, Swing, Jive, the Twist and for a brief period, “The Stomp “. Actually, its full title was “The Surfers’ Stomp, but later, just the “Stomp “. Legend has it that the Stomp was first performed in Australia at a dance held at North Bondi Surf Club by a group of…

Gone Garie Gone

We were a little saddened the other day when Harvey Barrett told us that the great institution known as the Garie Surf Carnival had downsized and was now held at Bundeena. The calmer waters of Bundeena makes the event twice as safe and ten times more boring. Garie was much anticipated by Bondi Surf Club…

A brief history of “Bottles” at Bondi

I am absolutely certain that members who attend the Institution named” bottles” and who enjoy a draft beer upstairs on a Sunday afternoon without a bottle in sight wonder how the afternoon got it’s name. In the interests of historical accuracy, it is time to set the record straight. During the early 1960s the Club…

Greg Brodsky and the Voyage of the Beagle

Bondi Surf Club Members have taken their talents around the world and in doing so have made the world a better place. Jim Ryan taught Indians how to grow rice, Peter Ryan ran a bar in Majorca, taught the Spaniards how to pull a beer, Denys Speed was a teacher in Hong Kong, Greg Smith…