It is about 1928 down at the beach at Apollo Bay in southern Victoria. Relaxing in their woollen bathing costumes are brother and sisters Hazel, Enid and Charles Fricke.. All three are teachers and the time is the summer school holidays.
Holding the camera to take this photo was Charles’ friend, Vera Tansey from Castlemaine, who was later to become his fiance and then his wife. Charles was teaching in Castlemaine. Vera changed places with Enid and Enid took the next shot of Hazel, Vera and Charles.
BUT, what is that on Vera’s left shoulder ? I’m wondering if it’s some wonderful little gadget of the times for chasing away those never-ending clouds of flies.
A beach picnic was held on another day when it doesn’t appear to be quite as warm, This time Enid, Charles and Hazel are joined by their younger brother Allan, a future public servant, complete with cap. No parasols were need for protection from the sun that day.