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Children at the beach
Title : Children at the beach Children at the beach
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Source : PRG 280/1/12/256
Date of creation : ca. 1914
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Children playing on the seashore of a South Australian beach; a jetty crowded with people promenading appears in the background. This may be a normal weekend excursion or may reflect the crowds associated with some celebration, such as Proclamation Day at Glenelg (the celebration of the State's founding in 1836).

The three girls in the foreground have hitched their skirts up well above any potential splashing from the water, while those in the background appear unconcerned about the possibility of getting their clothes wet. To the right of the photograph a small boy stands in the water alongside an adult, who appears to have hitched his trousers up to avoid getting wet.

Period : 1914-1918
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Argent, Kerry. At the beach, Adelaide: Omnibus: Ringwood, Vic.: Puffin, 1988

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Harvey, Roland. At the beach: postcards from Crabby Spit, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2004

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

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