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The History, Beauty and Spirit…


I’m sure you’ve all seen this amazing coffee table book in the local cafes and book stores around the Byron Bay area. Byron Bay: The History, Beauty and Spirit’ has been put together by Peter Duke. We’ve ask Pete a few quick questions about how it all came about. We’ve also included a few images that accompany the stories included in the book. What’s that I hear you say ? Yup, it’s only 5 weeks till Christmas…. Gift number 1 sorted!
For all the info on the book and where to buy it head to www.byronbaybook.com or the Facebook page.

CG: When Did you come to Byron Bay?
PD: I drove into Byron Bay in 1998 and have hung about since.

CG: What were your first thoughts of Byron Bay back then?
PD: What a breath of fresh air, how lucky are we? I was psyched and wanted to learn more.

CG: When did you decide you wanted to put the book together?
PD: I started researching for the book in 1999 and launched last December 2010. It was fun to make. Every time I was given a great image or recorded an awesome story, this was my inspiration.

CG: Who has been involved in creating and supply the content for the book?
PD: The book has been photographed 100% by the good people of Byron Bay. All stories written or recorded via conversations with the locals. Incredible people, photos and stories (wow! had to share this).

CG: How’s the response to the book been so far?
PD: The years been great, number 1 best seller at Mary Ryans book shop. Best of all (some say) even the kids are reading it.

CG: Whats next for you Pete ?
PD: Going to hang around a bit longer, there’s more goodies to come.

Jonson Street 1975 Photo courtesy Lee Pearce

Nude Ain’t Rude Rally 1977. Photo courtesy Katrina Folkwell

Surfing Byron Bay 1920’s style. The old jetty in the background. The funnels of a steamship rises above the jetties deck (back top centre of photo). c1920

Surfing the Wreck c 1968 courtesy Max Pendergast

Brunswick Heads was the first town of the Byron Shire, settled in 1849 by the cedar cutters. It became the main port on the far north coast until the jetty was built in Byron Bay in 1888. Post second war Bruns was known as the ‘pearl of the pacific’ and a most sort-after holiday destination. Picture the river surrounded by tall gums tress and beautiful beaches, then the mouth of the river splaying into the ocean. Photo Brunswick River c1940.

Peter has very generously put up a copy of his amazing work for us to giveaway to one happy person. Head to the Common Ground Facebook Page and Like the post of the cover to enter the competition .


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