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.
Tom 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
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.
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.
I 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.
These photos were posted for this week’s sand theme for Sepia Saturday