Bondi Bay

Pencil sketch entitled “Bondi Bay”, by S.T. Gill, ca. 1863.

Pencil sketch entitled “Bondi Bay”, by S.T. Gill, ca. 1863.

This pencil sketch of Bondi Beach was found in a family scrapbook donated to the State Library of New South Wales by Richard Rogers—; a descendant of the Rogers family who compiled the scrapbook. The sketch is set within a poem, entitled “Bondi”, by Henry Kendall, written and signed in the poet’s own hand. Another version of the poem was published as “Coogee”, which became the version recognised in anthologies of Kendall’s work. However, the full Bondi version of the poem was published in the Sydney Morning Herald, on the 28th of May, 1863. The poem can also be read here.

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