Sand, Sand and more Sand

Sand is formed by the weathering of rocks into smaller and smaller particles helped by water and wind, heat and cold. No two sand areas are the same as the particles come from so many different sources.  But we associate sand with the ocean,  rivers and deserts,  where it  will often be the backdrop for our recreational activities,

Here are some rocks as they were 112 years ago.  By now erosion will have changed their appearance,  These rocks are down on the beach somewhere on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in Victoria.

Beach 1902Tom Tansey is holding his younger daughter with his wife beside him and his elder daughter at her knee. The year would be 1902 or 3  but I can’t identify the reason for the excursion.  It is possibe that it is something connected to the Geelong Town Band or a church outing. At the time the South Geelong to Queenscliff Railway was still operating so it may have been a day excursion by train, otherwise a slower trip by horse-drawn vehicle.

You could safely build a fire on the sand of a beach when you needed to boil a billy

A 1930 Walking Tour from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell

A 1930 Walking Tour from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell

Here Vera boils the billy in 1930, looking smart in her jodphurs and Charles enjoys his cuppa. If you look closely at the rock in front of Vera you will see  the Kodak camera case which was featured in a previous post.

Charles enjoys his billy tea

Charles enjoys his billy tea

By Christmas 1938/39  they were enjoying a family picnic on the beach  Lovely warm sand to squish with your toes and a sun that was hot enough to make you need an impromptu shelter made from the rug that had probably been brought along to sit on.  Even the pram comes down on the sand after having been brought to the beach strapped onto the luggage rack at the back of the car –  there was no boot in the car.

apollo bay or kennet or wye  skenes picnic 1932I think this beach picnic was at Skenes Creek, just to the east of Apollo Bay.The width of the sand  looks right t and there would have a bit of a river to the left of the picture.  If I’m wrong someone is sure to tell me.

And finally in 1940 the tide comes in and covers the sand at Queenscliff.  Time to take the plunge.

Queenscliff 1950 These photos were posted for this week’s  sand theme for Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

11 thoughts on “Sand, Sand and more Sand

  1. Lorraine

    There’s a lot going on in the first photo B. Barefoot boys who were called away from their paddling for the photo, a lady with a parasol, big hats, a fashion for dark cummerbunds or belts for the ladies, more women than men, pale dresses, fine figures (no overweight people there!), children squirming against being held still. It’s a great photo.
    I wonder what that round thing is in the centre – is it a hat?

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  2. Jackie van Bergen

    I was thinking all sorts of things to comment – after all my early years holidaying at Port Campbell but the last photo clinched it – oh boy that water down on that coast is freezing isn’t it! Straight off the Antarctic! Brrrr

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  3. jofeath

    That first photograph is fantastic! In the others the Tanseys look a lot more ‘modern’ than my Morrisons, although there’s only a few years between years the photos were taken. I love the hat on a stick, and I see why you think my Pat might have a similar camera case slung over her shoulder, although she could hardly have been taking photographs.

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  4. Lisa

    What wonderful photos ~ especially the contrast between the first — staid and dignified — photo and the lively hilarious last one! 🙂

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  5. La Nightingail

    At first glance the round thing in the middle of the picture looked like it might be a cake? But it surely would have melted in the sun. It’s most likely Tom’s elder daughter’s hat which she removed from her head. Youngsters aren’t particularly fond of wearing things on their heads. Love that last picture. From the expressions, you can almost feel those cold waves shocking their systems.

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