Posts belonging to Category History

The big blue thing in the middle of Hall Street

In April last year I wrote a post about some of the developments that were going on in Bondi, and the end of a few iconic Bondi buildings. The development of the Hakoah Club site in Hall Street, has been one of the big changes on the Bondi landscape. Here are a couple of photos [...]

The Bondi Aquarium & Wonderland City

Yesterday I did the Bondi to Tamarama cliff walk. Sometimes when I do this walk, I think about the history of this area and what has been lost and what has been recorded or retained. It was 120 years ago today that the original Bondi Aquarium was destroyed by a fire. The Bondi Aquarium was [...]

Bondi’s Picture Theatres

Back in the days before our homes had several entertainment screens in them, the only way to get some screen entertainment was to go the picture theatre – or cinema, as we now know it. In the Bondi area alone (including Bondi Junction), there were at least half a dozen picture theatres in operation around [...]

Before Bondi Became a BRAND

Before Bondi┬ábecame a┬áBRAND… – you could buy pies and cream puffs from the Flying Pieman at 3.30 in the morning – there were 3 petrol stations on Campbell Parade – the Astra was a grungy pub renowned for being somewhere you could always score – you’d have ‘eyeballs’ at ‘the concrete’ – you could buy [...]

The Bondi Wave & The Monument

Early in 1992 I arrived back in Bondi after spending 3 months holidaying and working in Thailand. When I returned to Sydney, it was difficult to find work. I’d been a bit of a bedroom musician…played keyboards/piano, had jammed with friends and had dabbled in songwriting. Then a friend of a friend told me about [...]