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newspapers : 1951

Newspapers : 1951.


Selected articles include a 1951 profile of Judge Adrian Curlewis, one of the early surfboard riders at Palm Beach and long-time President of the SSLSA.

The Herald
Melbourne, 2 January 1951, page 5.

Miss Faye Osborne, of Elwood, Miss Gene Mew, of Carnegie, and Miss Annette Hampton, of Bendigo, rest against their gay surfboards as they talk with Miss Norma Eastwood.

1951 'TORQUAY SURFERS', The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), 2 January, p. 5. , viewed 12 Sep 2019,

The South Coast Express
Surfers Paradise, 19 January 1951, page 7.

Kirra had its worst weekend for sharks for quite some time but they did not endanger the crowd in any way.
Surf club members tried to harpoon one on Sunday, but with no success.
A large crowd watched some of the surf club members giving an excellent exhibition of the art of riding surf-boards in quite a rolling surf, which was really an impressive sight.
This season the number of surf-boards being bought by members is quite amazing and a count over the weekend showed that there were 18 boards and several surf-skis, all the property of members.
This is a definite advantage because while the club has so many boards out "the back" it eliminates the chances of a shark getting through to the surfing public.
"Board" patrols are necessary until Kirra gets a new shark tower, the old one being wrecked recently, when it:was pushed over by thoughtless surfers.

1951 'SURF NEWS', The South Coast Express (Surfers Paradise, Qld. : 1949 - 1951), 19 January, p. 7. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

South Coast Bulletin
Southport, Queensland, 24 January 1951, page 21.


Officials of the Kirra Surf Club are alarmed at the frequency with which distorted reports, in ^j^fcfie:- cases without any foundation, are appearing in sections of the Press relative to shark scares and other matters detrimental to the reputation
of the beach and Coolangatta.
The position has reached a stage where it has been found necessary to prohibit the giving of news over the phone from the clubhouse  by other than responsible -officers in response to calls from newspaper offices.
It has been found in some cases that the reporter in the newspaper office gets into touch with some young member of the club and then practically puts the story he desires into the boys mouth and publishes it as being authentic.
The addition of two or three feet to the length of a shark, a similar addition to the actual number of sharks is nothing unusual and quite recently a sensational story purporting to report a big battle between 19 members of the club using surfboards and skis and four or three ten foot sharks was published with the addition that the terrific battle was watched by over a thousand people on the beach.
This was a pure figment of the imagination of some ambitious reporter and had no foundation fact.
The large number of surfboards and skis mentioned were engaged in the club's weekly points score competition during the morning of the day quoted whilst "the brush with a shark took place during the afternoon the,-surf, boat crew and one surfboard rider participating!
This report was a joke amongst local residents and visitors who were on the beach that day.
Two sting rays which were reported on the same day were made to appear as two ten foot sharks when the report was published.
The life-savers have a lot to contend with besides-grey nurse sharks.


1951 'BORDER NEWS', South Coast Bulletin (Southport, Qld. : 1929 - 1954), 24 January, p. 21. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Australian Women's Weekly
Saturday 3 February 1951, page 17.

Judge Curlewis has grown up with the century
He is a "Federation baby" who has lived 50 eventful years.
By HELEN FRIZELL, staff reporter

In January, 1901, most Australians were resolutely celebrating Federation.
Ahead lay one hundred unspoiled years, full of promise for an infant Commonwealth.
But for Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Curlewis, of Mosman, N.S.W., January, 1901, meant not only the birth of a nation, but the birth of their son Adrian.

ADRIAN CURLEWIS has grown up with the century.
He is one of those who have
seen the horse replaced by cars and aeroplanes, the old fuel stove superseded by pressure cookers hissing over electricity or gas.
Gone is the plentiful supply of domestic help in the home, and the days are vanished when no gentle- woman would wear lipstick.
The new century marked the end of an era and brought two world wars, the great depression, and the atomic age.

In 1951, the Jubilee of Federation, Judge Adrian Curlewis, who has just celebrated his 50th birthday, looks back at his life.
To-day he is straight-backed and suntanned from his favorite relaxation- surfing.
A caricaturist drawing his face would show a sharply defined nose, crinkly hair, and a high forehead.
In the evenings Judge Curlewis leaves the New South Wales District Court in the City of Sydney, picks up his car, and drives over the Harbor Bridge on his way home, thankful that the slow ferry to North Sydney has been replaced.
Nearing home he calls in to say good-night to his mother, who is known to and loved by Australian
children as the novelist Ethel Turner.
Tiny, white-haired Mrs. Curlewis, widow of Judge Herbert Curlewis, still lives in the rambling slate roofed house where her son grew up.
Adrian Curlewis and his family live a mile away, in a modern cream house which overlooks the sparkling waters of Middle Harbor and the white sand of Chinaman's Beach.

District changes

MRS. ADRIAN CURLEWIS, 18 year-old Philippa, and 21-year old Ian have heard Judge Curlewis speak of the changes in the district where he grew up.
In 1907, when he was six, Adrian Curlewis used to walk down to the beach (where he still swims before breakfast) among wildflowers and gumtrees.
His parents' house was the only one standing.
Now it is just one of many large homes perched on the hillside.
"I learnt to swim at Chinaman's Beach and the Spit Baths," says Judge Curlewis, now president of thc Surf Life Saving Association of Australia.
"My sister Jean, who died in 1930, and I used to dog-paddle from one end of the baths to the other."
Surfing was not then a popular sport, but devotees were conquering prejudice.
The first Life Saving Clubs had just been formed.

Having an authoress for a mother did not seem a novelty to the young Curlewis'.
"I think we took the books for granted," says Adrian Curlewis.
"I remember mother giving Jean and me 5/- each when she finished a book.
It was a sort of celebration, and reward for good behaviour on our part."
In those days 5/- was wealth to a child.
For a penny or ha'penny you could buy enough sweets to keep chewing for hours.
Like other local boys, Adrian Curlewis enjoyed riding in the milk-man's cart, and meeting the electric tram which ran once an hour to the Spit.

Later on Adrian Curlewis went to the Mosman Preparatory School, then to Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore).
At Shore young Adrian Curlewis went on to stroke the First Four, captain the Rugby Union Firsts, and to win the Headmaster's Cup for all-round sportsmanship.
He also became Senior Prefect in the middle of World War I.

"The war made a great impression on us all," says Judge Curlewis.
"Every morning there was a chapel service for old boys killed in action.
Many of these soldiers had been at school only a few years before, and we knew them well.
As a prefect I took my turn at reading the lesson from the Bible, and felt moved at the solemn and very beautiful service taking place "
The thoughts that these services conjured up in the mind of the young Curlewis were later to take on harsh reality when, as a captain in the 8th Division, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaya.
Adrian Curlewis wanted to enlist in World War I, but his parents would not give their consent until he was 18.
By then the war was nearly over, so he went to Sydney University to do Law.
During the strike of 1917, with hundreds of other schoolboys, he took an emergency job as an engine cleaner.
He was forced to give it up when his father became Presiding Judge at the Arbitration Court.

Curlewis the undergraduate was a young man with plenty of enthusiasm.
His interests included playing the flute in the University orchestra, hockey, rowing, and swimming.
He revived the University Law Society and enjoyed himself riotously on Commem. Day.
Up to 1921 the Sydney Town Hall had been the place where Blues were presented, where undergraduates shouted their faculty songs, where mothers and the girls of the moment came along to watch the celebrations.
"We were not allowed to use the Town Hall after '21," says the Judge Curlewis of to-day.
"Something happened to the Town Hall organ, and the undergraduates footed the bill.
Flour bombs were hurled down from the galleries, and hundreds of the cane chairs were broken.
"We weren't to blame for the chairs.
The women did that when they stood on the chairs in their high heels."
In the 1921 procession law students of Adrian Curlewis' year satirised the Sydney Telephone Exchange.
On top of a float a "telephone girl (alias Curlewis) worked frenziedly at a switchboard, in company with the present Mr. Justice Mansfield, Mr. Justice Herron, and Judge Holt.

In January of the previous year Adrian Curlewis had decided to become a life-saver after seeing a drowning fatality while on holiday at Palm Beach, New South Wales.
Palm Beach then was not the luxury resort it is to-day, but an informal bush settlement where a cluster of doctors' holiday homes marked Pill Hill.
Adrian Curlewis started the Palm Beach Life Saving Club with the late Len Palmer.
Since then he has seen many changes in life-saving methods.
"The patient used to be carried from the water face up, and the limbs were rubbed to restore circulation," Judge Curlewis says.
(To-day life-savers carry patients face downwards, and the rubbing method is obsolete.)
"'With other old-timers, I prefer the original surfboats," says Judge Curlewis.
"The Johnny Walker class surfboats were more solidly built, and were capnble of tackling seas which would swamp the light, fast boats of to-day."
Adrian Curlewis learned surf- board riding from John Ralston, who had the first surfboard at Palm
Later he bought his own surfboard for £5.
"It had belonged to Manly swimmer Claude West, who put an ad. in the paper reading: 'Surfboard for sale.
Owner in hospital through using same'," Judge Curlewis told me.
(Surfboard riding was only six years old in 1920.
The Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku had introduced it to Australia in 1914.)

Surfboard virtuoso

AFTER mastering the surfboard and being able to ride it on either feet or head, Adrian Curlewis started teaching pretty Betty Carr, whom he had met at a Palm Beach house-party.
Betty, who came from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, learned surfboard riding quickly.
Before Adrian Curlewis was through Law they were engaged, and were married at St. Philip's, Church Hill, in December, 1928.
Up to date with the fashions, the bride was photographed wearing a short wedding dress, with her hair caught up in a bandeau.
A week before Australia entered World War II, Adrian Curlewis enlisted.
In January, 1941, he sailed for Malaya in the Queen Mary.
When Singapore fell the future Judge Curlewis, with thousands of other Australians, was captured and was sent to Changi.
He was put to work on the wharves, and in April, 1943, was sent to the dreaded Thailand railway.
In the New Year, on January 26, 1946, Captain Curlewis was discharged from the Army.
He is proud of the fact that he became a civilian at 4 o'clock and was in his chambers half an hour later with a brief for the next day.
He was appointed a District Court Judge in 1948.

Judge Curlewis is a typical family man.
Son Ian is now doing second year Law and is keenly interested in life-saving.
Daughter Philippa has just left school after winning the All Schools' Senior Swimming Championship last year.
Judge Curlewis is a man of wide civic interests.
They make quite a
He is president of the Surf Life Saving Association, chairman of the National Fitness Council of N.S.W., and chairman of the Red Cross Appeals Committee.
Keeping in touch with old school and Army friends, Judge Curlewis is on the Shore Council and the 8th Division Council.

ADRIAN CURLEWIS at the age of nine.
This picture was taken in London when Adrian was travelling with his family.
In 1910 nearly all small boys were dressed in sailor suits by their mothers.

IN SCHOOL BLAZER, Adrian Curlewis posed for group picture of Shore's rowing four.
The year was 1919, when boys wore serious expressions and long fringed scarves with their blazers.

IN 1945 Captain Curlewis returned home after three years in Changi and on
the Thailand railway as a member of the 8th Division.

TO-DAY, at the age of 50, Adrian Curlewis is a judge of the New South Wales District Court.
He has a fine record of achievement.

The Sunday Herald
Sydney, 11 February 1951, page 13.


CONSISTENT Coogee surfboard rider Peter Wilson won the metropolitan championship from a strong field at Bondi yesterday.

1951 'SURFBOARD WIN', The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953), 11 February, p. 13. (Sports Section), viewed 12 Sep 2019,

The Mercury
Hobart, Tasmania, 23 February 1951, page 16.
"Flip, Flap" Not So Flippant
TASMANIA took a season to catch up with other States, Mrs. ft. Turnbull, a Sydney visitor, said at Launceston. 
Mrs. Turnbull was referring to the introduction to Tasmania of the frogmen's feet or flippers for the use of swimmers. 
The flippers were introduced into Australia by Mrs. Turnbull and her husband only in 1949, but already were "the craze" in other States.
Mrs. Turnbull said that frog men's feet were useful to swimmers, surfers, and for spearing fish under water.
By this time next year, Mrs. Turnbull said, the flippers would be very popular in Tasmania, too.

Beaches "Far Away"
One reason for their non-appearance in large numbers in Launceston, she considered was that the swimming pool was closed and beaches were so far from the city.
In Sydney and Queensland flipper races had been introduced, and in Queensland many lifesaving clubs had made the flippers part of their standard equipment.
With the aid of the flippers, the lifesavers had much greater speed in reaching those to be rescued, Mrs. Turnbull added.

1951 '"Flip, Flap" Not So Flippant', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 23 February, p. 16. , viewed 02 Feb 2020,

Noted at, and recommended:

The Mercury
Hobart, Tasmania, 1 March 1951, page 3.
It is stated that flippers for swimmers were introduced in Australia by Mrs. Turnbull and her husband in 1949.
Towards the end of 1941 or early in 1942 I saw flippers used at St. Kilda baths.
In 1942 and 1943 I saw them in Sydney and Adelaide.
Lindisfarne; V. E. CHAMBERS.

1951 'LETTERS TO THE EDITOR', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 1 March, p. 3. , viewed 02 Feb 2020,

The Sunday Herald
Sunday 25 March 1951, Sports Section page 9.

Byron Bay Surfer Takes Belt Title In Rousing Finish.

PERTH, Saturday.
- Byron Bay surfer G. Timperley won the Australian belt championship in a desperate finish at Scarborough to-day.
Timperley beat a powerful field which included national belt champion Don Morrison, of Western Australia, and N.S.W. champion, Alan Williams, of Queenscliff.
The Byron Bay swimmer was only second N.S.W. nominee for the event.
Moreover, he had had a swim in the qualifying heat, unlike his four opponents in the final.
The four leaders in the final -Timperley, Morrison, Williams, and Wilkes, of Queensland-remained in line for almost the whole of the swim, finishing in that order.
They touched almost together.

N.S.W. competitors filled the first three places in the national surfboard championship.
Winner was R. Callan (Coogee), with K. Hurst (North Bondi), second, and D. Trumper (Coogee), third.
Spectators who saw surfboard racing for the first time were amazed at the expert handling by N.S.W. and Queensland entrants.

The flat surf at Scarborough disappointed competitors.
In qualifying heats swimmers found conditions slow, but despite the flat water, a heavy swell made swimmers disappear at times.
A choppier sea later made referee V. Besemo order the buoys to be brought closer to shore.

Beach sprint: Montgomery (NSW), 1; Moir (NSW), 2; Scott (WA), 3.
Surf ski: Okulich (NSW), 1; Whyte (NSW), 2; Lazarus (NSW), 3.
Boat race: First heat, Freshwater; second heat, Cronulla; third heat, Swansea-Belmont; fourth heat, South Curl. (sic)
Boat race: Cronulla, 1; South Curl Curl, 2; Swansea-Belmont, 3. Curl (sic)
Open Surf Teams: North Wollongong, 1; Freshwater, 2; Cottesloe (WA), 3.
March Past: South Narrabeen, 1; Scarborough (WA), 2; City of Perth (W A ), 3.
Open Surf Championship: S. Wilkes (Qld), 1; G. Timperley (NSW), 2; R. Hartley (WA), 3.
Double surf ski: NSW, 1.
Belt race, final: G. Timperley (Byron Bay, NSW), 1; D. Morrison (WA), 2; A. Williams (Queenscliff, NSW), 3.
Surfboard race, final: R. Callan (Coogee), 1; K. Hurst (North Bondi), 2; D. Trumper (Coogee), 3.
Rescue and resuscitation: Bondi, 1; Queensland, 2; North WoIIongong, 3.
Surf race: McPhee (NSW) 1, Hounslow (WA), 2; Mooney (NSW), 3.
Surf teams: North Bondi, 1; Merewether, 2.

The Daily Telegraph
Sydney, 2 April 1951, page 6.

The philosophy of a happy beach "boy"
"I live pretty good ... nice apartment , no wife , and a 1951 convertible"

Looking forward to visiting Australian beaches this year with a team of Hawaiian surf champions is a famous
Waikiki "character" — Mr. Charles K. Baptiste.
I met him last month on my way to San Francisco on Pan American Airways' inaugural Stratocruiser flight from Sydney.
Both to his friends (whom he claims to have in high places all over the world, as well as in low) and to his enemies (of whom he professes to have none) Mr. Baptiste is known only as "Panama."
Panama is the doyen of Waikiki beach "boys," with more than 30 years' service in and around the rolling surf at this fabulous resort.
A smiling Hawaiian of 46, with a torso of a muscular 30, Panama told us confidentially that he has "the game by the throat."

He indicated the "game" with a sweep of the hand which embraced the beach, Diamond Head in the back ground — we were drinking beer on a beach hotel terrace — and half the horizon.
Panama is a "character" because he says he has discovered the elusive secret of a problem which drives men ragged— how to be happy.
"I am probably one of the few really happy men in the world," said Panama with the ait of a man who states a pro found truth.
"I come from a very good family.
My father, he was a French-Kano, that's French- Canadian, and my mother was of one of Hawaii's oldest families.
"My mother was very ambitious.
'Doctors,' she says, 'that's what all my sons must be.'
"And so it was— for my eight brothers.
Today all doctors.
But not Panama."

A man in rather bulging flowered trunks passed by.
"Hi, Panama," he said.
"Hi," Panama acknowledged.
When "flowered trunks" was out of earshot, Panama leaned over confidentially and said:
"See that guy.
Owns a big grocery chain on the mainland.
Works like mad for all the year to come here for a month.
Me, I got it for nothing."
Panama said the only things which ruled his life were the sunshine, or lack of it, the state of the surf, and his own impulses.
"I come down to the beach sunup to sundown, seven days a week while the malihinis come," Panama said.
Malihinis is the Hawaiian word for strangers, as distinct from residents.
It is not a disparaging term, for do not the dollars flow from the malihinis?

"I teach them the surf boards, and take them out in the outriggers.
They pay good and we give them good teaching," said Panama.
"Old people, young people, I like to make them all happy."
At the current rate of three dollars a period, Panama said that some days he earns as much as 30 dollars a day (£A13/8/).
"I live pretty good," he said.
"Got a nice apartment, no wife, and a 1951 convertible."

During the winter Panama goes travelling.
"I've got friends all over the world.
In 30 years anyone who is anyone has been to Waikiki.
They give me their cards and make me promise to come and see them.
So I do."
He said that this year Duke Kahanamoku, former champion swimmer and now sheriff of Honolulu, is hoping to return the visit made about 12 years ago by an Australian surf team.
Panama is greatly impressed by the way Australians handle surf boats.
"I reckon we can beat you guys at anything else in the surf," he said, "but with those boats, brother, you're on your own."
He is patriotic about the respective merits of Sydney and Waikiki surf.

"We get waves here, big stuff, but they start way out and keep rolling, like they want you to enjoy yourself," he said.
"We can get those outrigger canoes going at 70 miles an hour, and no one gets hurt.
"You get a big sea at Sydney, and the waves lift you up, knock you down and break your neck.
What kind of a sea is that?"

I asked Panama if he had ever entertained more conventional ambitions.
"I used to be a boxer, then I did a bit of wrestling — before I learned sense.
I was always runner-up, though," he confessed rather shamefacedly.
"Now I want just nothing else in the whole world.
The malihinis, and a lot of people here too they'll get the ulcers.
"For me, there's always the sunshine, and the Waikiki surf ... I got it by the throat all right."

1951 'The philosophy of a happy beach "boy"', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), 2 April, p. 6. , viewed 12 Sep 2019,

Brisbane Telegraph
17 May 1951, page 30.

Novice surfers and still-water swimmers will be able to gain added assistance next summer with, a new "gadget" known as the "hand flipper".
Sydney Ieg flipper manufacturer, Mr. M. D. Turnbull, thinks his new hand flipper will catch on just as the leg flippers have done in the past two years.
As Mrs. Turnbull illustrates in the picture above the hand flipper is made of rubber and fits over the hand.
Tests in Sydney have shown that it gives the swimmer much greater pull through the water, thereby increasing speed tremendously.
Mass production will begin before the summer and special sizes will be produced for women and children.
Turnbull manufactured three sizes of leg flippers last summer - junior, medium, and senior.
In the coming summer he will add a baby junior model with an adjustable strap.

1951 'NEW AID TO SWIMMERS', Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954), 17 May, p. 30. (CITY FINAL), viewed 02 Feb 2020,

The Sydney Morning Herald
4 June 1951, page 1.


Winter couldn't keep these three surfboard riders from the water at North Bondi yesterday.
They are (left to right): Jim Rouse, Keith Goodall and Leo Mayhew.

1951 'WINTER DID NOT WORRY THIS TRIO OF SURFBOARD RIDERS', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 June, p. 1. , viewed 31 Dec 2016, 

The Sunday Herald
Sydney, 15 July 1951, page 3.

Sydney Out of Doors On A Sunny Winter's Morning

Pam Bass (second from left) took her surfboard out at Bondi, where she often has an early morning dip.

1951 'Sydney Out of Doors On A Sunny Winter's Morning', The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953), 15 July, p. 3. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

Townsville Daily Bulletin
13 August 1951, page 4.


A trained porpoise towing a surfboard with passengers - Pat Dale and a dog - in Florida (U.S.).
The trainer of the porpoise took only a few months to teach it to tow surfboards, leap through a hoop and ring a bell.

1951 'POWER: ONE PORPOISE; ACTION OF CHAMPION.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954), 13 August, p. 4. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

Brisbane Telegraph
8 September 1951, page 17.
Ambassador Spender is no surfer

CANBERRA: A reference by the United States Secretary of State (Mr. Dean Acheson) at an important dinner in San Francisco to the surfing capabilities of .the Australian Ambassador in Washington (Mr. Percy Spender) has caused considerable amusement among some of his former ministerial colleagues.
In a gay and somewhat carefree speech, Mr. Acheson told guests that, some day next week, "as we see the breakers crashing over my head, you will see one figure riding the foamy surf above me — Ambassador Percy Spender."

He was really hinting at the possibility .of Mr. Spender being elected deputy presiding officer at the Japanese Peace Treaty conference which began in San Francisco on Tuesday.
What he did not know, however, was that Mr. Spender, a frequenter of Sydney's social seaside resort, Palm Beach, had to be rescued from the surf by lifesavers a few years ago.
As a surfboard rider he was a trier, but not a success.

1951 'Ambassador Spender is no surfer', Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954), 8 September, p. 17. (LAST RACE), viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Sun
Sydney, 2 November 1951, page 2.
Jean Parker ordered off beach
Hollywood film star Jean Parker was sent off Bondi beach today when she appeared in a " Bikini " swimsuit.

Inspector Bill Willis told Miss Parker, when she took off her white robe, "You must leave at once.
"You are making an exhibition of yourself. Please go," he said.
Miss Parker argued she thought the costume would be allowed here, but Willis remained firm and escorted her to the promenade, where she entered a waiting car.
Her husband, actor Robert Lowery, was with her all the time, and smiling, stood back silently while the inspector was present.

A beach inspector said later he believed Miss Parker was posing for publicity pictures, as a photographer was present before she arrived..
He went on the beach with her and later drove her away in his car.
Beach Inspector Aub. Laidlaw said later the costume was "below all decency."
Miss Parker said later, "I have never been so embarrassed in all my life.
"I went down to try out your famous Bondi and as soon as I took off my coat and started to comb my hair the beach inspector came up and told me to leave.
"I have worn this swimsuit in California and several places with out complaint."
Miss Parker produced from a pocket two pieces of flimsy green material, white-spotted, which she said was the swimsuit worn on the beach.
Neither piece was as big as a man's handkerchief.
"I like my costumes loose and I like plenty of sun, but I can't under stand this fuss." said Miss Parker

At Redleaf pool today Inspector Reg Irons warned two men about brief costumes.

1951 'Jean Parker ordered off beach', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 2 November, p. 2. (LATE FINAL EXTRA), viewed 04 Apr 2021,

Barrier Miner
Broken Hill, NSW, 3 November 1951, page 1.
New York, November 2.
American papers today headline the adventures of Jean Parker, a Hollywood actress, with beach authorities in Australia.
It is said that her Bikini bathing costume shocked the police at Bondi.
They declared, that it was beyond what was previously deemed the extreme edge of indecency.

1951 'JUNE PARKER'S BIKINI SUIT', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 3 November, p. 1. , viewed 04 Apr 2021,

The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate
NSW, 9 November 1951, page 1.
NEW YORK, Friday,
The Bikini bathing suit which resulted in actress Jean Parker being ordered to leave Bondi Beach, is now in New York.
Columnist Dorothy KilgalIon today reported that Miss Parker had airmailed her brief Bikini to a friend, Jen Nelson, as an engagement present.

1951 'JEAN PARKER'S BIKINI SENT TO N. YORK', The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1894 - 1954), 9 November, p. 1. , viewed 04 Apr 2021,

The Sydney Morning Herald
12 November 1951, page 3.


Two surf board riders catch a wave to the beach at North Bondi yesterday afternoon.
In the background thc sun is reflected off the bonnets of cars parked along the promenade.

1951 'RIDING THE BREAKERS AT NORTH BONDI', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 November, p. 3. , viewed 31 Dec 2016, 

The Argus
Melbourne, 17 December 1951, page 3.

He sailed on a surfboard . . . while the girls marched past

SURF at St. Kilda on
Saturday made life worth saving.
And 200 boys and girls competent to do just that - paraded on the beach for the life-saving carnival in aid of the Southern Memorial Hospital.
They came from eight bayside clubs, and put on an impressive march-past before competing in swimming and rescue events.

Bruce Bowman (right), Black Rock lifesaver and beltman, sailed his
surfboard and had a grandstand view of girls of the Half Moon Bay Life-saving Club (below) sand-marching their reel towards him.

1951 'He sailed on a surfboard... while the girls marched past', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 17 December, p. 3. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,


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