May 1979. Cronulla’s “Observer” newspaper.

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

May 1979. Cronulla’s “Observer” newspaper. The final edition of the local newspaper and when you could buy vacant land in Cronulla for $37000, a 2 b/r unit for $46950, a home for $67000 and you could rent a unit in South Cronulla for $79 per week. Tim Vanderlaan collection.


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Jac and Brad

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

Late 1980’s. Grommet carnage in the Wanda Carpark. Jac Tehan & Brad W find a use for a battered board in this Tim Vanderlaan Photo. Footnote: The board belonged to Bruce Toby. It flew off the roof of his car heading south near Engadine in a strong westerly. Murphy’s law and the board flies over the fence onto the train tracks and into the path of a northbound coal train.

brad & jac

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Dane Wilson

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:07 am

June 1995.  Dane Wilson.  One of the surfing stars featured in the Chris Bystrom’s Longboard videos of the 1990’s, “Living Long” & “Skateboarding’s not a crime”.   Tim Vanderlaan Photos.


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Posted: April 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Richard Dog Marsh living the life in the 80’s as a Pro Surfer. Fluros , gloves and lots of attitude.Photo Chris Stroh



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Elouera Beach

Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm



The summer of 1975/76. Elouera Beach. The “surf reel” makes a great seat for this girl wearing a woollen crocheted bikini. The “surf reel” invented by Australian surf lifesavers in the early 1900’s was the main lifesaving apparatus used on every beach up and down the coast for nearly a century, and now both the reel and the woollen crocheted bikini are obsolete. Tim Vanderlaan photo.


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Jim Banks

Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Jim Banks back when he was shaping at G&S in the 70s


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Summer ’76

Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Summer 1976 . Danny Thompson surfing Cronulla Point. By then “Legrope companies” had incorporated stretchy rubber around the “rope,” but had yet to invent the rail saver. Tim Vanderlaan Photos


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Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm

The Surfoplane,was a blow up rubber device to catch waves you could hire them at most City beaches from the 30s to the 60s. For a few bob you could hire them out the front of North Cronulla Surf Club in the 50s.



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Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Early 1980’s. Cronulla Point. “Spike” James in competition mode at Cronulla Point. Tim Vanderlaan Photo.


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1969 Jackson Stringerless

Posted: March 25, 2018 at 8:17 am

1969 Jackson stringerless.

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