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Harbour swimming, Manly, 1960

This is a colour photograph depicting young children diving off a special apparatus at Manly Beach. The photograph was taken by Bill Brindle, who worked for the Australian News and Information Bureau. It is part of an online showcase called 'Summers Past'. Information about this particular item can be located in its educational ...

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Surfies, clubbies and a changing way of life

What effect did the rise of surfboard riding and its accompanying surf culture have on surf lifesaving? In the early 1960s, surf lifesaving was regarded as a model of the values that underpin the Australian way of life. This clip from 1964 explores the collision between the new surf culture and the traditions of the surf ...

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Sites2See: Surf safety

A webpage about surfing safety, dangerous waves and rips, and the history and science of surfing. A 'For Kids' section provides games and quizzes for young swimmers and surfers.

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Zou ba! Sports: favourite sports

Find out how to ask someone which sport they most like to play. This includes sports such as rollerblading, surfing and bike riding. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Scenes on the Clarence River

This is a silent home movie, made about 1943, which appears to have been taken at a Grafton regatta. Footage includes: spectators, some sitting in tiered seating to facilitate viewing and others sitting on a wall with their legs dangling over the edge; small sailing boats; several different types of rowing craft and rowers; ...

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Three-finned 'thruster' surfboards by Energy Surfboards, 1987-80

These are two 'Energy Flyer' square tail and round tail 'thruster' (three-finned) surfboards, manufactured by Energy Surfboards, Australia, sometime between 1987 and 1988.

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'Bambu' surfboard, 2001-02

This is a 'Bambu' surfboard, a rounded and standard short model with three fins. It is manufactured from polystyrene foam, bamboo veneer and epoxy resin by Mei Yap Gordon and Shale Gordon in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

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FCS H-2 surfboard fins, 2004

These are three silver surfboard fins manufactured from mixed materials by Surf Hardware International, Talon Technologies and Metro Solutions in 2004. The fins feature the text 'FCS H-2' printed in black. They are displayed with their silver metal storage box, which also features the text 'FCS', and with a small key used ...

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Rip Curl Ultimate Elasto wetsuit, 2003

This is a Rip Curl Ultimate Elasto one-piece wetsuit with full-length sleeves and knee-length legs, manufactured from rubber, nylon and metal by Rip Curl in 2003. The top half features a silver and cream design with the Rip Curl logo printed in the middle of the chest. The bottom of the suit is plain black. 'ULTIMATE ELASTO' ...

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Storm II surfing kite by Flexifoil International, 2003

This is a red-and-grey Storm II surfing kite made from rip-stop polyester nylon. It was manufactured by Flexifoil International, China, in 2003.

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Pins from Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, 1997

This is a boxed pin set to commemorate the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It was manufactured from metal and plastic by AMINCO Australia Pty Ltd, and contains samples of human DNA for authentication purposes. The pins are mounted on velvet and cardboard in a silver metallic-coloured presentation box with plastic coating. The ...

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Australian surfboat used by North Curl Curl lifesavers, 1972

This is a single-ender surfboat, the Nola Hubbard, constructed in 1972 in New South Wales and used by the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club. It is made of cedar, silver ash and plywood, and has a brass keel band. The unused oars shown here are stored on top of four wooden bench seats. The name has been painted in yellow ...

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Woman wading in water, St Margaret Island, c1910

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a woman, possibly the photographer's wife, Mrs Pern, in period bathing costume walking in the waters on St Margaret Island in Gippsland, in about 1910. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Marine scientists preparing to scuba dive

This is a colour photograph of a group of marine scientists preparing to scuba dive. The researchers are dressed in scuba diving gear including wetsuits, masks, fins and oxygen tanks. They are aboard a vessel in New Zealand's Fiordland.

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Australian teen culture: birth of skateboarding

Since its creation in California in the 1950s, skateboarding, or 'skating', has been more than a sport. Beginning as an activity for surfers when they weren't in the water, it quickly came to represent a culture, and an attitude, all its own. In this clip from 1976, watch Australian teenagers skate the streets and an empty ...

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Surf story

Imagine riding a big wave on a surfboard back in the days when surfboard riding was the newest craze to hit Australia. At that time, many teenagers believed that surfing represented a whole new way of life. This Four Corners program from the early 1960s investigates the impact of the rise of the surfboard and surfing culture ...

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Surf culture hits Australia in the 1960s

How did surf culture change Australian popular culture? Rock music and the concept of the 'teenager' had arrived in Australia in the 1950s but in the 1960s the surfboard gave rise to a new youth subculture. This clip from 1964 explores conflict in the water and cultural changes that came with the rise of the 'surfie'.

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A swell day for surfing

Want to catch the perfect wave? Then you'll need to know a little about the role wind plays in the formation of waves. Who better to learn from than Andrew 'Windy' Miller, a keen geographer who just happens to run a surf school in Cornwall, UK. Learn more about the science behind an ocean swell.

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Sloping beaches and the perfect wave

Learning to surf? You'd want to start out on a gentle wave, right? But once you get the hang of it, you'd be looking for a bigger challenge! This clip will guide your search for the perfect wave and help you understand the relationship between waves and the features of a beach.

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Popular culture post-war

In post-war Australia, cultural changes - like the popularisation of surfing and rock 'n' roll, and a sexual revolution - took hold. Meet the 'teenager'.