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Surfers two step

Date: 1912
Overall: 354 x 259 mm, 0.004 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00027139
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    In the early 20th century surfing referred to bathers who frolicked in the waves rather than surfed them on a board. The 'Surfers two step' [sic] was printed in Sydney and features a blue-tinted photographic image of bathers at Bondi Beach, some wearing kneck to knee bathing suits. Protests at Bondi in the early 1900s encouraged the legalisation of daylight swimming, in what was to become a popular pastime in Australia, associated with health and well being.
    SignificanceThe 'Surfer's two step' represents the growing Australian content in sheet music and popular dance of the 20th century. By 1912, Bondi Beach was a well known seaside destination in the Sydney region, attracting holiday makers and those seeking seaside recreations. This music highlights the increasing popularity of outdoor leisure activities in Australian culture.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of its production. The widely distributed pieces were fairly cheap to buy, making them popular purchases with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public outings such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

    Between 1855 and 1877 Bondi was becoming popular as a privately owned picnic and recreation area. In 1877 the construction of an aquarium increased public interest and by 1882 land had been resumed and made into public recreation spaces. In 1906 the construction of an amusement site known as Wonderland City, with side shows and playing equipment heightened Bondi's presence as a seaside destination for swimming, outdoor recreation, picnics and walks. Bondi was transforming into the popular beachside suburb that it is today.
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