Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sydney Suburbs, continued: Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction

Bondi is an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, seven kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council.
Name Origin:
Bondi is said to be a corruption of an Aboriginal word boondi meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks. It has been spelt a number of different ways over time, e.g. Boondi, Bundi, Bundye. The current spelling was accepted in 1827.
·       Historically, the attractions in the area were Bondi Beach and the shopping centre at Bondi Junction.  Both are dealt with separately below.
·       The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is one of Sydney’s most scenic attractions. Begin at the Bondi Icebergs ocean pool and traverse the six kilometre (3.7 mile) clifftop trail between Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee beaches.
·       Alternatively, take the road less travelled and stretch your legs on the seven kilometre (4.3 mile) Federation Cliff Walk from Bondi to Watsons Bay, allowing 1 1/2 hours each way. Walk up Military Road at the northern end of Bondi Beach to Raleigh Reserve in Dover Heights. Follow the timber walkway as it twists above sandstone cliffs, past Australia’s oldest lighthouse, and down toward The Gap, where you'll take in dramatic views across the Pacific Ocean


Bondi-Waverley School of Arts, Bondi Road

Residential building in Spanish Mission style, Denham Street

The Rectory, Ocean Street

Bondi Road, 1914

Bondi Road and Imperial Avenue, 1958

Old South Head Road and O’Brien Street, 1934

South Bondi, 1947

Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi, North Bondi, and Bondi Junction are neighbouring suburbs. Bondi Beach is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia.
Name Origin:
See above
·       In 1809 the road builder William Roberts received a grant of land in the area.  In 1851 Edward Smith Hall and Francis O'Brien purchased 200 acres (0.81 km2) of the Bondi area that included most of the beach frontage, which was named "The Bondi Estate." Hall was O'Brien's father-in-law. Between 1855 and 1877 O'Brien purchased his father-in-law's share of the land, renamed the land the "O'Brien Estate," and made the beach and the surrounding land available to the public as a picnic ground and amusement resort. As the beach became increasingly popular, O'Brien threatened to stop public beach access. However, the Municipal Council believed that the Government needed to intervene to make the beach a public reserve. On 9 June 1882, the Bondi Beach became a public beach.
·       On 6 February 1938 five people drowned and over 250 people were rescued or resuscitated after a series of large waves struck the beach and pulled people back into the sea, a day that became known as "Black Sunday".
·       Following World War II, Bondi Beach and the Eastern Suburbs became home for Jewish migrants from Poland, Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. A stream of Jewish immigration continued into the 21st century and the area has a number of synagogues and a kosher butcher. The area today is very multicultural with a lot of new wealthy Asian families and Samoans.


Towel hire, Bondi Pavilion, 1954

Barbed wire on Bondi Beach. WW2 1940s

Girls applying sunburn cream, 1930’s, Bondi

Christmas at Bondi Beach, 1944

Bondi Beach, 1920, from the North end

Bondi Beach 1910

This photo was taken on Bondi beach in 1936. The people are performing the popular entertainment called ‘Beach-o-batics’. The gymnastics on the sand were performed by members of the local Men's Gymnastic Club.

More Beach-o-batics:

Max Stewart hand-balances off Alf Stanbrough’s posterior, while Wal Balmus is in a reverse hand-to-hand balance. At this time, Wal was 47 and Alf was 56 years old.  Alf is on the bottom, Wal is on the right.

Black Sunday rescues

Taylor Swift, Bondi Beach 2005

Prince Charles surfs at Bondi Beach 1977

January 31, 1988: Princess Diana presents awards to lifeguards at Surf Carnival at Bondi

Bondi Junction is an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 6 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the Waverley.
Name Origin:
In 1854 the "Waverley Tea Gardens", at the corner of Oxford Street and Bronte Road, were laid out with gardens, summer houses, quilt pitches and other games and was a favourite resort for afternoon teas and fun. The area took on the local name of Tea Gardens until the Bondi steam trams junctioned there with the trams to Charing Cross. Hence, Bondi Junction came into usage.
·       Bondi Junction and the neighbouring area is well known for its famous rugby league team, the Sydney Roosters, still officially known as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club. The clubhouse of the team is centrally located in Spring Street, Bondi Junction.
·       Bondi Junction is Sydney's fifth largest business district behind the CBD itself, North Sydney, Parramatta and Chatswood.


Bondi Junction in the days of trams.

Birrell St. & Railway via Bondi Junction bus, between 1915-1930

Birrell St. & Railway via Bondi Junction bus, between 1915-1930

Bronte Road and Oxford Street, 1902, being the junction after which Bondi Junction was named.

The same intersection today.

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