Saturday, 7 February 2009

Bronte Bogey Hole

Photos taken 23 Jan 2009

To see more about Bronte Baths, on my Sydney Daily Photo blog, click here.

From the NSW Ocean Baths website:
Early 1880s
The Bogey Hole at South Nelson Bay was a popular bathing place before Waverley Council gained permission to construct baths.
The NSW government dedicated 14 acres for Bronte Park and Waverley Council was appointed as trustee for the park. Council was asked to compel bathers at Bronte Beach to wear suitable costumes.
A petition asked Council to extend the Bogey Hole at Bronte.
Waverley Council accepted Mr Bradshaw's tender of 295 pounds to enlarge the Bronte Bogey Hole.
A photograph of Bronte Beach at low tide shows many more rocks than at present around the Bogey Hole.
A pod of about 15 dolphins jumped into Bronte's Bogey Hole and rode the waves, delighting a crowd of about a hundred onlookers.
A man swimming in the Bronte Bogey Hole was bitten by a gummy shark that had to be cut from his arm. He took the shark with him to hospital and later home to eat.
Bronte rated well on the NSW EPA's cleanest beaches list. Water quality had improved since the days when the stormwater channel used to come out near the Bogey Hole.
Surf club nippers acquire and practise some of their surf skills at the Bogey Hole.

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