Dad at Pearl Beach, 1968
I've also dredged up a few comparison shots from the old photo albums, which in desperate need of a revamp. Those white "sticky page" albums of the 70s have a tendency to either turn a ghastly yellow, lose all adhesion - and all the photos slide out - or they cling onto the photos and make them impossible to remove for scanning.
I've decided to juxtapose some of the images. For example, here is Lion Island, as seen in 2010 (from the Mt Ettymalong Lookout), and from the beach in 1970, in glorious b/w:
In 1966, 1968 and 1970, we stayed at Bob Godding's beach house on the corner of Diamond Road and Agate Avenue:
House at Agate Avenue, 1966
Ian, Keith & Brian McLean and "Little Keithie from across the road", 1968
House at Agate Avenue, 1968
Replacement house at Agate Avenue, 2010; Bob's house
had been extended in the early 70s, but supposedly burned down and rebuilt
Pearl Beach lagoon, 1966
Pearl Beach lagoon, 2010
Rock pool, 1968
Rock pool under repair, 2010
Mum and Brian, 1968
Rock wall being reinforced, 2010
Keith and Brian; Keith, Brian, fish, and Ian, 1970
Meanwhile, how come I'm always the palest one in any beach picture?
Here's the article about my capture of a deadly blue-ringed octopus at Pearl Beach in 1973. The Daily Telegraph did an extensive interview by reverse-charges - on the only public phone in Pearl Beach - but the story was watered down after several more octopuses were caught on the Central Coast the same day. Must have been breeding season?
Brush turkey crosses Pearl Parade; lizards at Mt Ettymalong Lookout, 2010
Mrs Gava's old house on Pearl Parade, 2010; we stayed here in 1973,
behind the now-sealed up middle door!
Revamped shop/cafe on Pearl Parade, 2010; site of the original Post Office Store.
We hope do do a family picnic at Pearl Beach, sometime soon. More photos as they come to hand!
Shell painting in acrylics on canvas, with driftwood border,
bought from Pearl Beach General Store & Cafe. Artist: Peter Baka, 2009.