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Coogee

The “stinking place” on Sydney’s shore

a group of people in the water

Before the European settlers developed it, the locale we now know as Coogee was a large food bowl for the local Aboriginal people. The thickly forested shoreline was prime habitat for kangaroos and wallabies and there was an abundance of fish in the ocean. But the area was also afflicted by a terrible smell, thought…

Wonderland City or Elephant graveyard?

a vintage photo of a large crowd of people in a body of water

If you were looking out over Tamarama beach in 1906, your view of the ocean would have been interrupted by a rollercoaster. The track ran in a loop, twisting and turning from one side of the cliffs to another, elevated on tall metal stilts. It was part of Wonderland City, a theme park that offered…