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No 85 August 2011

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                                                ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES



                                                          August 2011
                                                    No.  85   by Dawn Juers



To the Editor,

Three of we lady visitors wanted to bathe on several occasions last week, but we were unable to do
so for some time because of some men who made use of the bathing house for shelter, and on one
occasion we waited the whole morning for a dip but were unable to do so because of some men (I
won’t call them gentlemen) who would not budge, in spite of all the hints we could throw out.
Surely these and other men could find a resting place along the lengthy beach that Victor Harbor
possesses without staying near the ladies bathing house. There are few enough conveniences for
ladies in this town, and those that do exist should be properly cared for, and kept separate for
them.(signed) LADY VISITOR.
[From the ‘Times’ 24th April 2003].



Bathing was not only hampered by the rules of costume “everyone over the age of
8years had to wear a costume that covered the body from head to knees” but was
not allowed after 10am and completely banned on Sundays, Good Friday and
Christmas Day. No sooner had the regulations been eased to allow mixed bathing at
any time on weekdays, than a new practice arose. People took to “sun-bathing” and
“lolling on the sand” with the “Argus” (Vic) declaring it should be strictly
forbidden, not only by law, but by etiquette.” People were fined, some for merely
standing up drying themselves, and so, in 1914 at St Kilda (Vic) one thousand
people turned up for a protest bathe on a Sunday. Unfortunately the weather turned
so cold that only a few entered the water. However, they made their case and, from
1917, mixed bathing was permitted on Sundays up to 7pm.

The next battle was over the costume, the garment which reached from neck to knee (pictured). In
the 1920’s briefer costumes aroused the Women’s Christian Temperance Union to protest, but
worse was to come – the backless costume, followed by two-piece swimsuits and finally the bikini.
As late as 1961 a women was fined for wearing a bikini on Bondi Beach. Surfers and sun-bathers
have now gone on to wear what they like.
[From ‘Sports and Entertainment in Australia’ by Unstead and Henderson.]


What a wonderful group of readers you are! derful group of readers you are!

My query last month in the July newsletter as to why Australia Day was celebrated in July
1915! Anthony Presgrave found out that it was actually a fund raising appeal day for the
Australia Day Fund that was designed to aid Australian soldiers who had been wounded in
the Gallipoli campaign and repatriated. It seems as though it was celebrated in 1915 and
1916 in Goolwa. [Hence the ‘Wounded Soldiers’ Fund mentioned in the July article.]
also- “The Licensed Victuallers Association throughout the Commonwealth issued an
appeal to hotel keepers to put forth a special effort to collect subscriptions for the Soldiers’
Fund on Australia Day” (Register 4th August 1915)

My article on the ‘Yankee Doodle Tobacco’ poster in the Corio Hotel brought a mention
from Judith that she thought that part of the hotel was a men’s barber shop, and the poster
was on the ceiling so that the client could see the poster while being tipped back in the chair
for shaving.
[After making enquiries I found that indeed Judith was correct.] 

A Website for you-
Burial Records around Britain www.deceasedonline.com


How to retrieve Australian records (and not a million US ones!)


1.  Log in as you normally would

2.  At the very bottom of the page you should see a box with Census Collections and More
Collections. Click all Databases.

3.  On this page , in the left bar you should see Filter by Location, select Oceania

4.  The page will blink then you will see Filter by Location change and you will be able to select

5.  From there you will be able to search the databases only from Australia.



The reason history has to repeat itself is that no one heard it the first time. 




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