The Bondi Icebergs, Sydney, Australia
As surf lifesavers were becoming a familiar site on Bondi Beach, another group of local swimming enthusiasts was also attracting attention. The Bondi Icebergs swimming club was formed in 1929. The club played an important role in the growth of Bondi beach culture. To be a member, swimmers had to brave the chilly Bondi Baths at least three out of every four Sundays during the winter months, for a period of five years. The Icebergs became the source of long standing humour in Sydney and the local press often reported on their winter antics.
As John Singleton said during the fight to save the Iceberg’s club in the 1990s, the Icebergs are iconic and something that Australians hold close to their hearts-larrikins who still had the discipline to complete a minimum 75 swims during five years of swimming almost every winter Sunday.
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Bondi Iceberg’s Club pool – Bondi, Sydney, Australia
National Heritage List
Featured in ‘Lighthouses and Ocean Structures’ group 2/10/2011.