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14 January 2015

“Bikinis” and Sharks Disturb Jervis Bay

Headline to a story in the Canberra Times 1953.
Looking at these pictures it’s hard to imagine what all the fuss was about.
A different time, changing attitudes and old values sometimes don’t mix.

  A report that ‘Bikini’ swimsuits were “somewhat” in the vogue” at swimming resorts in Jervis Bay were made by the Jervis Bay Progress Association in a letter to the Advisory Council.
Members felt that the ban applying on the majority of N.S.W beaches should apply at Jervis Bay. it was stated.
  “I bet all the members of this Progress Council are men,  They are notoriously conservative.’
  Mr Baily:  All I can say is they must be old.
  Mr. Rogers said the Advisory Council might dodge this answer, the letter being addressed to the “Officer in Charge, Department of the Interior, Jervis Bay.
  The Council secretary. Mr G. Murphy, will inform the Association that the local policeman is the “responsible authority” for policing bathing costumes.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , Wednesday 22 August 1951, page 5 The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Wednesday 8 August 1951, page 4 Advertising from the period.

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