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Discarding evidence…. Sydney style

Coogee Beach is one of the most beautiful, serene beaches in Sydney. I was once home to an aquarium that housed a massive tiger shark in 1935 for a week. This predator of the deep was caught three kilometres off the beach by fishermen. While families gazed at the shark located inside its tank, they…

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October 14, 2021

The “stinking place” on Sydney’s shore

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…

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October 15, 2020

Wonderland City or Elephant graveyard?

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…

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October 10, 2020