In the early 1800s swimming at Sydney's beaches was a controversial pastime. Convicts were forbidden from bathing in Sydney Harbour because of "the dangers of sharks and stingrays, and for reasons of decorum". By the 1830's sea bathing was a popular activity despite being officially banned between 9.00am and 8.00pm. During the 1900s these restrictive attitudes began to relax and the beach became associated with health, leisure and democracy - a playground everyone could enjoy equally.
#495 - Coogee Beach
Bondi Beach as the "Playground of the Pacific".
Captain Arthur Phillip gave the name Manly Cove to the place where they first met the local s who looked very “manly”.
The name Coogee is said to be taken from a local Aboriginalword koojah which means "smelly place".
Early settler Captain E. H. Cliffe purchased a 56 acre estate on the waters edge, he named it "Cliffeton"
Cronulla is derived from kurranulla, meaning ‘‘place of the pink seashells’’ in the dialect of the area's Aboriginal inhabitants.
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Maroubra is a local Aboriginal word meaning place of thunder.
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La Perouse was named after Le Compte de Laperouse, a French explorer who arrived here in 1788.