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

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June 2011 Storm

Another big June storm hit just north of Newcastle  and we got the tail end of it’s fury.

Merewether Baths coping a flogging 14th June  2011.

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Merewether in storm 14-6-11

Merewether in storm 14-6-11

Redhead beach on a dark on a stormy night.
Redhead in storm 14-6-11

Redhead in storm 14-6-11

 2 Days before the storm was just  building, Redhead Beach the surf is starting to get bumpy.
Redhead Beach 12-6-11

Redhead Beach 12-6-11

Newcastle Foreshore. A lot of  country towns have a big thing like a big banana or a big  pineapple, Newcastle just has a big thingy.
Newcastle Ferry Wharf 14-6-11

Newcastle Ferry Wharf 14-6-11

Redhead 2nd Creek walkway between rain squalls.
Redhead 2nd Creek Walkway 11-6-11

Redhead 2nd Creek Walkway 11-6-11

A walk along the Redhead 2nd Creek walkway between rain  storms, and I found the fairies had been busy in their Dell.
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Another look at this wave… I found 2  hell men deep inside trying to get out through the lip.
Redhead Heavy wave 4-6-11

Redhead Heavy wave 4-6-11

Newcastle Beach mid week mid day.
Newcastle surfer 3-6-11

Newcastle surfer 3-6-11

Redhead Bluff showing off it colour  on sunset.
Redhead Bluff 9-6-11

Redhead Bluff 9-6-11

This gnarled Banksia tree above the bright red  soil has been doing it tough for a while.
Redhead Bluff 13-6-11

Redhead Bluff 13-6-11

Going for a paddle around  Swansea Channel, you see some nice sights.
Pelicans Swansea Channel 4-6-11

Pelicans Swansea Channel 4-6-11

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

July 14th 2011 Newcastle Big Surf

The swell kept getting bigger and meaner this week.

A big one coming past Newcastle Baths lunchtime 12/7/11

Newcastle Baths in big surf 12-7-11

Newcastle Baths in big surf 12-7-11

Another big  wave Newcastle point 12/7/11

Newcastle Beach big wave 12-7-11

Newcastle Beach big wave 12-7-11

Late arvo Merewether Point 13/7/11

Merewether Point 13-7-11

Merewether Point 13-7-11

Merewether Point late on 13/7/11

Merewether 13-7-11

Merewether 13-7-11

As the light fades a big set comes through at Merewether point  13/7/11

Merewether Point late 13-7-11

Merewether Point late 13-7-11

To get a feel for how heavy it was at Newcastle I got in for an eye level  view – 14/7/11

Rough surf Newcastle 14-7-11

Rough surf Newcastle 14-7-11

Big wave at Newcastle 14/7/11

Newcastle Beach big wave 14-7-11

Newcastle Beach big wave 14-7-11

Another big one Newcastle 14/7/11 with bonus bird.

Newcastle big wave 14-7-11 10 with Bonus bird

Newcastle big wave 14-7-11 10 with Bonus bird

Some old stuff –

Girls watching Grant Kenny compete – Surf Carnival Redhead beach 1978

Girls watching Surf Carnival Redhead 1978

Girls watching Surf Carnival Redhead 1978

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977 – some long standing members.

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977

25th August 2011

The days are getting warmer and it’s starting to look like summer already. Late afternoon Redhead 25/8/11. A few different peaks showing up. Redhead surfer surfing the right across the back of the Shark Tower.

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Redhead- surfer1 25-08-11

25/8/2011 Redhead Surfer on the right on the big Beach. Redhead surfer 25-08-11 2

Redhead surfer 25-08-11

Redhead surfer 25-08-11

Redhead surfer on the left just past the Shark Tower Redhead surfer 25-08-11 3

Redhead surfer3 25-08-11

Redhead surfer3 25-08-11

Redhead surf Club 25/8/11

Redhead Surf club 25-08-11

Redhead Surf club 25-08-11

The statue overlooking Newcastle Beach. James Fletcher 1834-1891. A  Newcastle man worthy of the view, a mine manager that valued his workers, a politician that fought for workers rights and owner of the Newcastle Morning  Herald and Miners Advocate. James Fletcher Statue Newcastle 22-08-11

James Fletcher Statue Newcastle

James Fletcher Statue Newcastle

Belmont 16 Footers Sailing Race Sunday 21/8/11. The wind was strong from the east, doing someone some good.

Belmont 16s Race 21-08-11

Belmont 16s Race 21-08-11

Redhead Shark Tower Rocks 22/08/11

Shark Tower Rocks 22-08-11

Shark Tower Rocks 22-08-11

Pigs grazing in the front garden NZ 1977.

NZ Pigs 1977

NZ Pigs 1977

Steve Butterworth 1980 at Redhead Beach showing his tube riding skill with smooth style.

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1980

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1980

The top end of Newcastle. Looking down Watt Street, over the Hunter River to  Stockton Beach – 2 water views. Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

 

28th September 2011

Sunday morning, cold wet and windy. Didn’t get out of the car. Redhead Beach  wet and windy Sunday 25/9/11.Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Beach 20/9/11 The wind was gale force from the West/South West

Redhead windy 20-09-11

Redhead windy 20-09-11

Redhead Little Beach surfer 27/9/11

Redhead surfer 27-09-11

Redhead surfer 27-09-11

Redhead Little Beach Body Boarder 27/9/11

Redhead  Body Boarder 27-09-11

Redhead Body Boarder 27-09-11

Blacksmiths Surfer 27/9/11

Blacksmiths surfer 27-09-11

Blacksmiths surfer 27-09-11

Marks Point  2011 Boxing Day drew a large crowd of picnicers,  boaters and fishermen on a day made for it.

Pelican Boating Jan2 2011

Pelican Boating Jan2 2011

Fishing at Pelican Boxing Day 2011

Pelican Fishing Jan2 2011

Pelican Fishing Jan2 2011

Moth Sailing Championships at Belmont 16 Footers club January 2011. The  Moth sailing boats have a winged keel that lifts it out of the water as it  gathers speed, so they just glide though the water with no drag.

Moth Racing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth Racing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Macquarie 3 Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Mayfield Pool 1988 at 6AM Arnold’s swim squad early morning training. If you  want to be a champion swimmer you have to do the hard yards.  A young Justin Norris was in amongst this squad of young swimmers. Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnold’s swim team

Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnolds swim team

Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnolds swim team

 

21st October 2011

Dudley Beach 25/6/11

Dudley Beach  25-6-11

Dudley Beach 25-6-11

Newcastle Big winter swell 13/7/11

Newcastle 13-7-11

Newcastle 13-7-11

Newcastle Harbour Tug 14/6/11

Newcastle Tug 14-6-11

Newcastle Tug 14-6-11

Blacksmiths Surfer 4/6/11

Blacksmiths 4-6-11

Blacksmiths 4-6-11

Redhead surfer on a solid swell 4/6/11

Redhead surfer9 4-6-11

Redhead surfer9 4-6-11

Redhead  Surfer 2 4/6/11

Redhead surfer13 4-6-11

Redhead surfer13 4-6-11

Newcastle Beach Big surf close up 14/7/11

Newcastle Beach big surf 14-7-11

Newcastle Beach big surf 14-7-11

Redhead Bluff up close 10/6/2011

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Beach early morning right hander 14/10/11

Redhead right 14-10-11

Redhead right 14-10-11

Saturday morning 22/10/11 around 7:30 am.

The surf was very ordinary at 2 foot with a light onshore starting up, but it was the best place to be to watch the local dolphins throw  a party. Dozens of dolphins gathered just outside the break in what appeared to  be an introduction of the new young calves to the extended dolphin clan. The young ones were accompanied by adults as they cruised around and around, meanwhile the young adults cavorted further out getting some  serious air. They threw some awsome stale fish moves but without grabbing a  rail. They stayed for almost an hour in the same area while the few surfers out watched in awe a few metres away. Sorry no pictures I was just out in the surf amazed.