History & Culture
Sydney beaches in history
The history of Sydney’s beaches is endlessly fascinating. Since Caroline Ford first began researching how attitudes towards our beaches have changed over time as part of her PhD research in 2001, she's been hooked. Over years of pouring through old archival records for her book Sydney Beaches a history, she's uncovered untold stories about how communities fought for the right to use beaches like Bondi and Bronte, and the battles for cleaner beaches. She's read about people who lost their homes to the expansion of beach parks and to angry seas, and about the city’s reaction to repeated shark attacks in the interwar decades.