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Well there it goes. End of a great innings. Almost 600 eager visitors over the weekend. As I write, boards are getting wrapped and addressed, objects are being checked and processed with arrangements underway for their prompt return home. Fittings, iPads, screens and showcases are being ‘bumped out’ and already the gallery is emptied of all valuables, with drop sheets, dollies and ladders poised for action. I’ll post the time lapse video in the next few days.
Another boy’s bottom slithers out of a wetsuit in Tracey Moffatt’s 1997 movie ‘Heaven’
HEAVEN, HELL AND BRA BOYS MOVIE SCREENING
We’re screening Tracey Moffatt’s 1997 movie Heaven, and Nell Schofield’s Hell, alongside the 2007 insider biopic Bra Boys this Saturday at the Museum of Sydney with commentary from broadcaster, writer and critic Nell Schofield and Bra Boys co-director Macario De Souza.
Saturday 25 February 2012
Museum of Sydney
Cnr Bridge and Philip Street, Sydney
WE WANT YOUR HELP… pretty sure someone out there will be able to help Norm with info on the likely shaper of his ripper Bennett v-bottom. There’s a number 5880 printed at the base of the fin. Perhaps there’s a sales or stock register on hand at Bennetts from this period…? Either email the author email@example.com or post a comment on the blog.
Hi Gary – Spoke last week at the museum; you mentioned you may be able to help with the age and the shaper of my surf board. As mentioned the build number at the base of the fin is 5880. I brought it second hand in 1968. Regards Norm
photo Gary Crockett
Crowds hit North Steyne yesterday for the first weekend of the inaugural Australian Open of Surfing, and the return of big money stadium-style surf contests to Sydney after more than 2 decades. A few minutes after this shot was taken an approaching electrical storm forced organisers to empty the crowded stands and the nearby skate bowl.
centre spread photo Ron Perrott [American] Surfer September 1964
The first official international contest of surfers took place on Manly’s North Steyne, in May 1964. Some said it was 65,000 people on the beach, although this aerial shot taken of the big event by Ron Perrott for American Surfer magazine shows a smaller crowd. The photo caption reads… In a helicopter view of the World Contest, surfer-photographer Ron Perrott captures the colour of the spectacle. The crowd on the beach watches participants (left, center), while surfers on the right work out in the “free surf” area.
PAUL CLARKE ON SURF MUSIC
Sunday 5 February 2012
2pm – 3pm
Museum of Sydney
Cnr Bridge and Phillip Street, Sydney
FREE with museum entry
Surfing, unlike any other sport, religion or lifestyle, comes complete with its own soundtrack. This Sunday afternoon, pop culture buff Paul Clarke – who wrote and produced the surf doco Bombora – the Story of Australian Surfing and car doco Wide Open Road, is talking about surf music and its deep and narly roots in surf culture – from the shrieking reverb and cowboy cool of Dick Dale and the jangling psychedelia of The Easybeats in the 60s through to the salty grunge of Midnight Oil and the Go Betweens in the late 1970s and beyond.
Entrance to Museum of Sydney’s Surf City, © Bruce Usher 2011
Here’s a recent ‘museum sector’ review on Surf City by Richard Waterhouse in reCollections Volume 7 number 1
According to Richard … Surf City is organised in a multidimensional way that is original, creative and challenging. Along three sides of the gallery the artefacts are arranged in three layers. Standing against the rear walls are surfboards arranged chronologically, beginning with the long boards or ‘toothpicks’ of the 1940s and early 50s, followed by the early, imported Malibus; the later, locally produced (shorter and shorter) short boards; and ending with the three fin thruster. Interspersed among the boards along these walls are photos, posters and the surf fashions, including swimwear, of particular eras. In front of these artefacts are display cabinets holding more clothes and smaller photos as well as books, magazine stories relating to surfing, skateboards and even a few LP covers featuring such artists as Little Patti and the Atlantics.
Get down to the Concord Bowling Club tomorrow for the launch of surf music writer/historian Stephen McParland’s latest book on the Beach Boys.
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2011
CONCORD BOWLING CLUB
By the way, its the first of three Beach Boys related books he’s got coming out ….so stay tuned.