Waves of Change: The story of Cottesloe Beach

Monday 19th April 2021
(Multiple Dates Between Monday 19th April 2021 & Sunday 2nd May 2021)

What do you remember about Cottesloe Beach? Since the early 1900s it has been a place of escape for generations of West Australians and a stage for events that reflect the spirit of the times. Many people have strong memories of their time here. Come and see how things have changed.

Cottesloe Beach and its buildings have changed dramatically over time and plans are afoot for further changes. This exhibition looks at how Cottesloe Beach has evolved and follows its transformation from a collection of vulnerable wooden buildings, to a grand Centenary Pavilion, through to the Indiana we see today.

It also looks at what the beach has meant to us. Aboriginal people valued the coast here as an abundant source of food and an important spiritual site. The early settlers deemed it “barren and worthless” but the building of the jetty in 1906 saw Cottesloe Beach established as Perth’s first surf beach. Since then the beach has been a place for carnivals, festivals, concerts and protests, ranging from the patriotic festivals of the First World War, through to the beauty contests of the 1960s and now Sculpture by the Sea.

The exhibition includes maps, plans and photos, many from the Town of Cottesloe’s archives, some of which have not been displayed before.

Event Details

Time: Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Venue: The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove, WA


Organisation: Cottesloe Past

Email: info@cottesloepast.net

Website: http://www.cottesloepast.net/waves-of-change/

Event Date(s)

  • Monday 19th April 2021
  • Tuesday 20th April 2021
  • Wednesday 21st April 2021
  • Thursday 22nd April 2021
  • Friday 23rd April 2021
  • Saturday 24th April 2021
  • Sunday 25th April 2021
  • Monday 26th April 2021
  • Tuesday 27th April 2021
  • Wednesday 28th April 2021
  • Thursday 29th April 2021
  • Friday 30th April 2021
  • Saturday 1st May 2021
  • Sunday 2nd May 2021

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