Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel played the Mawson Hotel at Caves Beach lots of times in the late 70’s. Well the hotel just got lunched, to make way for more stuff.  Some good shows and good nights were had there.

This is one of my favourite shots of Ian Moss. In silhouette. I only used the  stage lights, as flash bothers the players and washes out the atmosphere. I shot using fast speed film and doubled the time developing it in my garage darkroom.  Mossy used to take a solo spot while the band had a drink and he would play  Georgia, and it would hush the crowd down.

Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978
Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel at the Mawson with the crowd up close and personal.

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978
Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Jimm Barnes in combat boots and ex army gear rocking his heart out. Mawson Hotel Caves Beach 1978.

Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978
Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978

Grubby, Newcastle’s most favourite drummer, who played in Rim Shot and Rat  Salad and many others and has mixed for a lot of bands too, summed up the  crowds feeling after a Cold Chisel gig. Quite often Grubby would take in a  show at the Mawson and then hitch into town to play with his own band,  who would be waiting, wondering where the hell is he. Somehow he always got  there, not so much on time, but got there.

Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978
Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978

Phil Small Cold Chisel bass player Mawson Hotel 1978.

Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978
Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978

Ian Moss – another great guitar solo at the Mawson Hotel 1978.

Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977
Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977

Don Walker on Keyboards Mawson Hotel 1978. You didn’t get to see much of Don from the front of the stage, but he was the backbone of the group, writing some fantastic songs.

Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978
Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978

Steve Prestwich Cold Chisel Drummer Maswon Hotel 1978.

Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
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Windsurfing in the 1970’s

Digger windsurfing at Blacksmiths around 1979 – At full throttle and fins out.

Martin Littlewood Windsurfing  Blacksmiths around 1979. Martin makes all sorts of surfing equipment under the name Delta Designs at Margaret River  WA.
This is what happens if you stay in the water too long. Barnacles growing  on driftwood washed up at Redhead Beach around 1980.
Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 1980

Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 1980

Egypt’s Pyramids. Photo by my daughter Ellen 2006.
Crescent Heads 1980 Late afternoon session.
Cresent-Heads-1980s
Redhead Third Creek 1985. The third creek was man made, dug out to aliviate  flooding at the Jewels Crossing, unfortunately it deviated a lot of water from  the Second creek which rarely runs now.
John Dallymore Band at the Mawson around 1980. A great Aussie band.
John-Dallymore-Band-Mawson-1980
Redhead Surf Carnival around 1981. Iron man Grant Kenny competed and lots  of people grabbed a vantage point to watch.
Redhead-carnival-crowd
Newcastle Beach nice left on a beatiful day June 2010.
Newcastle-Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge by night 1985. The photo looked better photoshopped into a water colour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge 1986

Sydney Harbour Bridge 1986

 

Wooden surfboards and other things

In 1935 Tom Blake made a hollow surboard and put a fin on and surfing moved  quicky ahead with many changes since.

Well, the hollow board has started to come back with technology advances,  Weber is making chambered epoxy /styrene composites and Pope is making hollow  epoxy boards and now many craftsmen are making chambered wooden boards  again.

A good surfboard is regarded as a work of art, in this case a work of art – is a good surfboard.

Redhead regular David Chung met up with some other like minded Aussies and  attended a mind blowing week on the NSW South coast making their own wooden  boards under the guidance and trained eye and skilled hands of US craftsman  Paul Jensen.

Here is a link to Paul Jensen’s blog, giving details of the process of  building a wooden board.

http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/2010SapphireCoastAustraliaTripReport

Check out Paul Jensen’s Website:  http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/

David’s new board detail:

Manna Fish 5’10” x 21″ x 2.5″ Built by hand October 2010 at Manna Park  Merimbula Decks – Blackwood, Western Red Cedar and Paulownia Rails – Cork  and Ply, Fins – Marine Ply  Inspired by Steve Lis Designed by Paul  Jensen Board Construction and Fins by David Chung Rails shaped by Jed  Done Glassing by Jye Byrnes 45+ hours to build and a lifetime to  enjoy.

David Chung’s wooden Board – Deck

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s wooden Board – Bottom.

David Chung's Manna Fish

David Chung’s Manna Fish

Here is a collage of the week making the board  : 

Making Manna Fish Collage

Making Manna Fish Collage

Mark Richards Leggy Point 1978 heading for a place on a wave not many can come back down from.
Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Dudley/Redhead swamp 1980. The white paperbark trunks reflecting in  the water made a striking scene.
Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

The little crab in the top left was keeping very busy making this sand  sculpture 1978 Marks Point.
Crab at Work Marks Point

Crab at Work Marks Point

Peter Allen took us all on a trip to Rio when he did this song at the  Newcastle Civic Theatre around 1989. What a great singer songwriter and  entertainer he was.
Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

December 2010

Late November 2010 Redhead Little Beach is starting to get some sand out the  back again with the constant North Easters we have been getting.

Redhead-27-11-10
Bells Beach 1977 Women’s top 3 place getters, who all put on a  powerful display in very cold and very solid 8 foot surf. These ladies  ripped.
Women-Finalists-Bells-77
Graham Parker & the Rumour at Newcastle Civic Theatre 1978.  England’s Graham Parker produced some great R&B music with biting lyrics and  had a great band. Here he lifts the obligatory shades and sings “Hey Lord, don’t  ask me questions, cause there aint no answer in me”
Graham-Parker-1
Redhead Shark Tower left June 2010 unknown surfer.
Redhead Shark Tower left May 2010

Redhead Shark Tower left May 2010

Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984.
Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984

Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984

Redhead Surf Club Members after the annual general meeting around  1977.
Redhead SLSC Members 1977

Redhead SLSC Members 1977

Who you gonna call? Turd Busters! Apply named business – Central  Coast plummers truck at Bateau Bay around 1992.
Turd Busters Central Coast around 1992

Turd Busters Central Coast around 1992

Redhead Lambton B Colliery shut down and on the way out around 1980.  This coal mine was the financial backbone for Redhead during it’s many  years in operation.
Redhead Lambton B Colliery closed around 1980

Redhead Lambton B Colliery closed around 1980

Old photos of Redhead and elswhere

On Surfari around southern NSW near Bega 1977 getting close to susnset,   we went through this water way and then went back and did it again  for the camera.

On surfari near Bega 1977

On surfari near Bega 1977

Redhead Beach from the Bluff 1978
Redhead beach 1978

Redhead beach 1978

Ray Lunn stalls hard and then later gets a nice tube from behind  the Redhead Shark Tower 1977.
Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Not a bad surf for no one out. Redhead Little Beach 1978.
Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977. Even looks good in black &  white.  A 30 second time exposure.
Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Bring back the chariot races and the pillow fights at Surf Carnivals! Newcastle region surf carnival Chariot Race at Blacksmiths around 1978, these teams look like they were having fun.
Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

We gave them the book, but it didnt seem to help much. My daughter Ellen  and son Sam seem to be taking the business of toddler taming a bit too  lightly.
Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

An uncrowded line up at Arrawarra around 1977.
Arrawarra 1977

Arrawarra 1977

A  bee on a flowering thistle plant close up make a nice combination  of colours.
Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Blower & his Dad and band playing some super cool music at Belmont Yatch Club around 1978.
Blower & Dad's Band

Blower & Dad’s Band

July 8th 2011 Big swell at Merewether and Newcastle

More winter swells on the way.

Newcastle at lunchtime 8/7/2011 no one out and some big ones hammering  in.

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

This one looks a bit more rideable but there were a lot of  closeouts.
Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Merewether Point late arvo lining up 8/7/2011
Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point line up with evening glow 8/7/2011
Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning early closeout 9/7/11
Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning spray coming off a mean  one.
Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Black Neds Bay Swansea 30/6/11 – A nice place to go for a paddle,  it’s  only shallow so best go a high tide and you can see the fish moving around,  watch out for the razor clams though.

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

Blacksmiths 29/6/11 choppy and raining but still a nice sight.

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011 some of it old and some new.

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Wendy Saddington and friends visiting Redhead beach 1969. Wendy sings the  blues properly and has one of Australia’s best voices and played at  Newcastle Wests Bus Stop Disco the night before. Bus Stop Disco hosted  Australia’s best bands like the La De Das and Levi Smiths Clefts and I didn’t  hear much disco music there as it wasn’t invented yet –  that was a 70’s  thing.

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Milano’s Restaurant Pelican Marina Feb 2011 – nice food and service and  a nice view.

Milano's Restaurant at Marks Pt Marina Feb  2011

Milano’s Restaurant at Pelican Marina Feb 2011

19th August 2011

Redhead 18/8/2011 A lovely arvo and a few good waves and some good surfers out.

Redhead Surfer 1 18/8/11

Redhead surfer1 18-08-11

Redhead surfer1 18-08-11

Redhead surfer 2 18/8/11

Redhead surfer2 18-08-11

Redhead surfer2 18-08-11

Redhead surfers 18/8/11

Redhead surfers-18-08-11

Redhead surfers-18-08-11

Redhead Bluff 18/08/2011 with the late arvo sun showing out its colour.

Redhead Bluff 18-08-11

Redhead Bluff 18-08-11

But it went pearshaped Friday arvo 19/8/11 a strong front hit wiping the surf  out for the weekend. Storm coming 19/8/11

Redhead beach storm19-08-11

Redhead beach storm19-08-11

Redhead Bad moon rising 19/9/11 Storm clouds on the way

Redhead stormy sky 19-08-11

Redhead stormy sky 19-08-11

Boys at the Barby  for TR’s 21st Crows Garage 1980

Crows Garage party 1980

Crows Garage party 1980

Sidewinder cranking at the Mawson 1978 – Great Band!!

Sidewinder Mawson 1978

Sidewinder Mawson 1978

Chambers of Horror Sideshow at the Newcastle Show 1979

Chambers of Horror 1980

Chambers of Horror 1980

Peaceful Byron Bay early morning 1979

Bryon Bay 1980

Bryon Bay 1980