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Glenelg Beach
Title : Glenelg Beach Glenelg Beach
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Creator : Moody, Percival Tom Stephen, 1890-1967
Source : PRG 416/1/1 and PRG 416/1/2
Date of creation : 1931
Format : Film
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Copyright :

This footage is reproduced courtesy of Mr Bill Moody.

Use for any purpose requires written permission from Mr Bill Moody and the State Library of South Australia.

Description :

The State Library holds more than 200 segments of film taken by Percival Moody. Born at Kent Town in 1890, Moody was a philanthropist, company director and keen motor hobbyist, founding the Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle Club and the Outboard Club of South Australia.

Moody filmed historic South Australian events, occasions and attractions between 1929-1950, and raised funds for charity through public film screenings.

Here we see beach life at Glenelg in the early 1930s.

Firstly, scenes from the foreshore taken in 1931. Moody captures a large array of beachgoers and then takes in views of the buildings and streetscapes of Jetty Road and the Esplanade as well as shots of Luna Park at night.

This is followed by footage of a surf life-saving competition in 1932.

Period : 1927-1939
Place : Glenelg
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Brown, Tom. Glenelg, 1836-1972 : growth and function of an urban village, St. Peters, S.A. : T.J. Strehlow, 1973

Huntsman, Leone. Sand in our souls : the beach in Australian history, Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2001

Manning, Geoffrey H. Glenelg, 1836-1936 : a social history, 2001

Debelle, Penelope. Short ride : eighty years ago this week, Luna Park opened on the Glenelg foreshore. So where did it go? Advertiser : SA Weekend magazine 9 October 2010 p. 24-25

Soulidis, Chris. When Luna Park came to Adelaide, SA Life, vol. 3, no. 2 (February 2006), p. 92-95

Internet links :
City of Holdfast Bay

Department of Culture and Recreation. The Beach in Australian culture



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