An ex-PE surfer, Barry White, got in touch and dropped us a coupla great old shots. Barry surfed in PE from the late 60's until about '79 when he moved to Cape Town. Given the article I just did yesterday about how good Fence used to be before the sand built up, it was kinda ironic that the first shot is from there - yet more proof of how good it was back then.
He also had a few interesting words about the whole sand management debacle that clogged up Fence:
"Have you heard of Joseph Lister? He was the guy that came up with the bright idea of seeding the dunes with Port Jackson to stop the harbor silting up in about 1883. There used to be a memorial to him across the road from the Bird Rock road house (± 7th Ave.)
They built a railway line from just past Happy Valley into the dunes and dumped all of PE's rubbish on the dunes and then seeded them for about 10 years. When we were growing up in Summerstrand you could walk through the bush and pick up all kinds of old bottles, dolls heads and clay pipes."