Sunbathing on Wollongong's Beaches

Sunbathing at North Wollongong Beach was a contentious issue in 1909. E.H, secretary of the Surf Club, along with some council Alderman, wanted Wollongong to progress like its Sydney counterparts by introducing a sunbathing area that was appropriately supervised. Oppositional opinion predominated with cries of immorality and impropriety, and the belief that the most ‘frequented promenade’ was being spoiled by the spectacle of surf bathers. Young people, including a ‘large numbers of ladies’, were watching surf bathers from the cliffs, rather than the usual practice of frequenting Stuart Park. Due to cries of ‘demoralising and disgusting’ displays and practice, Council decided to retain its former decision not to allow sunbathing.

The Illawarra Mercury, Friday 5 March 1909, page 7.

North Beach Wollongong, about 1915    Wollongong City Library Collection; http://mylibrary.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/cgibin/spydus.exe/FULL/PIC/BIBENQ/93180/17540216,23?FMT=IMG

North Beach Wollongong, about 1915

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