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Caroline Ford - Sydney Beaches


Tue 3 Feb 2015, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Central & CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

From Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, Sydney’s coastline teems with life. People from around the city escape to the beaches to swim, surf, play and lie in the sun.

Caroline Ford, author of Sydney Beaches: A History, tells the story of how Sydneysiders developed their love of the beach, from 19th century picnickers to the surfing and sun-baking pioneers a century later.

But Sydney’s beaches have another history, one that is lesser known and more intriguing. Our world-famous beach culture only exists because the first beachgoers demanded important rights.

Guest Speaker

Caroline Ford has been researching and writing about the history of Australian beaches for over ten years. She has worked as a research historian for Surf Life Saving Australia and as a cultural heritage researcher for the NSW Government. Caroline’s first book Sydney Beaches: A History is a detailed cultural and environmental history of Sydney’s coast. The book is an extension of Caroline’s doctoral research, and was made possible by the NSW Archival Research Fellowship which she was awarded in 2009. Caroline is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney’s Department of History.

Free & Open to the Public.