memories of summer

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shadows cross the beach

footprints remember summer

bathing boxes closed

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Looking down at Mills Beach near Mornington it is obvious many people enjoy their afternoon stroll walking around to the bluff then back. This beach is a safe protected swimming beach  and a number of lucky families enjoy rights to a bathing box. This term was applied to many hundreds of such small buildings that were located on beaches around Port Phillip Bay since the early 1900’s. Families would spend the day swimming, relaxing  and picnicking using their private box for privacy. During the 1920’s many Sandringham houses were allocated a right on their property title to a bathing box at the local beach . If the house was sold  lucky buyers sometimes found a bathing box was included. Fierce storms in the 1930’s and 1950’s destroyed most Bathing boxes around the bay including all the Sandringham ones. Currently the City of Bayside occasionally builds and sells extra bathing boxes at the iconic Brighton beach location. At auction Brighton boxes have reached around $250,000 on sale.

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4 thoughts on “memories of summer

  1. hullo Dennis. what a wonderful part of the world. maybe 259k may be achievable for our 1st home buyers? (not sure they’d be allowed to live in those beautiful bathing boxes full time though)

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    1. Thanks for visiting my site Juliana. I aim to share some aspects of Australia’s natural environment through the blog but also other bits and pieces including our Afghan Hounds and to connect a haiku with each post. I am enjoying some great Haiku/image posts in your blog.

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