reason to exclude the Bondi Pavilion from the NHL and facts that prove otherwise.
Statement of Significance:
- Bondi Surf Pavilion, dating from the 1920’s, has a strong association
with Australian beach culture. It was built in a form that reflects aspects of Inter-War Mediterranean and Georgian
Revival architectural styles, was the largest surf pavilion built in Sydney, and at a time when beach recreation was increasing
following earlier decades of legislative restrictions on sea bathing. It provided facilities for beach-going but was
also an entertainment venue.
the last sentence of the first paragraph it places the facilities the Pavilion offers to beach-goers and entertainment venue
in the past tense, this is not true, currently the Bondi Pavilion still provides facilities for beach-goers and is still used
as an entertainment venue.
- The Pavilion represents a part of the culture of beach bathing which has
dominated the popular image, past and present, of the Australian outdoor lifestyle. It has very strong social and cultural
importance to a large number of Sydney residents.
has a strong social and cultural importance to all of NSW; if this weren’t so then major events that are promoted to
attract the broader community would not vie to stage their concerts at the Bondi Pavilion, nor would the Olympic Co-ordination
Authority offer rewards (although insignificant) to Waverley Council to occupy the historic building.
- However, many of the characteristics of the Pavilion’s early use as
a key surf-pavilion or beach-going facility, for example, the dressing sheds, locker rooms, bathing suit hire and laundry,
have now gone. The change in function to a community centre and community arts centre moves the former bathing facility
further from its origins.
dressing sheds, locker rooms, bathing suit hire and laundry may be gone, some only recently removed to make room for privatisation,
this does not vindicate statements that with these facilities removed and that the building has changed its function to a
community centre and community arts centre it is no longer of great historical interest, nor does it detract that the Bondi
Pavilion is still of State and even National Interest.
example, The Sydney Mint opened in 1855 no longer is used as a government entity coining colonial currency, the coin milling
equipment have since been removed and offices built in its place, but the building (formerly part of the rum hospital) is
still of State significance and is listed with the NHL.
Cottage, built sometime in 1815-16 as the ‘Coxswain’s Barracks’ was attached to Governor Macquarie’s
dockyard and stores on the shores of Sydney Cove and later adopted John Cadman’s surname, Cadman took up residence there
in 1827, the cottage became part of the water police and lock-up in 1845 after Cadman retired, the water police vacated the
building in1864 and then from 1865 – 1970 it became the Sydney Sailors’
Home Trust, the cottage is no longer used and is now virtually denuded of its furnishings but still it is of State significance,
age has nothing to do with the significance each building holds, it is the interest accumulated over the years and the history
one learns from such treasures of the past that places each structure regardless of age into the same heritage bracket of
State and even national importance.
- The apparent, strong, social and cultural importance the Pavilion may have
to the wider Australian community that is required for the establishment of the place’s outstanding heritage value to
the nation, has not been proven by the available evidence.
does exist and has been publicly accessible for many years; this paragraph does not have any credence to fact but a biased
approach to not having the Bondi Surf Pavilion included on the NHL.
does state that the Bondi Surf Pavilion is of “outstanding heritage value to the nation”, evidence that is explained
in detail in the personal heritage report, the briefing accompanying the report and other documents.
- Therefore, it is considered that the Pavilion does not have outstanding heritage
values to the nation.
evidence stated within the report and other documents show otherwise.
the second paragraph of Description, page 2, lines 5, 6 and 7 says:
- Much of the evidence of earlier uses and beach culture (eg dressing sheds,
locker rooms, bathing suit hire facilities, laundry, and other features such as the Turkish Baths), have gone.
to other historic assets in New South Wales such as Cadman’s Cottage and the Sydney Mint; the removal of certain facilities
did not detract the social, cultural and state significance or even national significance of the buildings.
the fifth paragraph of History, (first paragraph on page 3) it says:
- By 1959 the pavilion was unlicensed and the building was declining.
By the 1960s one third of the men’s changing area was closed and the auditorium was rarely used. By the early
1970s the pavilion was seen by the media as a great white elephant. It was at this time that a reprieve and a new direction
arrived, with the Bondi Theatre Group gaining approval to convert the ballroom into a theatre. The theatre was opened
by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975. The pavilion now became the centre of Waverley’s
cultural program in 1977. This saw the demolition of the change rooms, lockers, the former Turkish baths, and the courtyard
was replaced by a grassed amphitheatre, netball court, craft workshops, art gallery, child care centre, gymnasia and a restaurant,
and the building was licensed again. The Bondi Pavilion Community Centre was opened by NSW Premier Neville Wran in 1978.
In 1980 Council sponsored a mural in the courtyard, and in 1987 a new forecourt was constructed. Substantial repairs
were carried out in the mid 1990s and in the late 1990s the pavilion was the centre for various community and cultural events.
is true and the delicate conversion did rejuvenate interest into a valued beach-front asset and a credit to the members of
Waverley Council at the time, the demolition, alterations and additions did not injure the heritage fabric of the building,
nor did it become a hurdle to have the Bondi Beach Pavilion entered into the register of the National Trust in 1977 nor did
it inhibit its entry into the Register of the National Estate (28th September 1982). The new use of the Bondi Pavilion
made it recognisable to the broader stream public sector and eventually given its place as a famous landmark, which it was
and which it is and which it should always be for future generations to use, enjoy and learn of its history as a famous Australian
landmark that was lauded, forgotten and then resuming its place in history, a story worth telling.
the destructive over-development and privatisation continues, the living history of the Bondi Surf Pavilion will be relegated
to the yellowing pages of history books, fading photographs and stories told to children by their parents and grand-parents.
discussions at Waverley Council to retain only the fašade of the historic structure would be an insult to the Bondi Surf Pavilion,
to reduce it to a skeleton or even a partial skeleton makes not a building but a stark, sad reminder of what was and not what
is, an excuse to kill a grand old lady of Bondi, 4 years older than the Harbour Bridge and 45 years older than the Opera House.
Pavilion’s past is important because its past was unique to how beach-goers were treated. Its individual collective
identity was, and still is unique to the State.
incredible urban presence is another reason why further protection to its existence is paramount.
every new building looks the same today; there is no longer a competitor’s touch to design individuality. Architects
are no longer rebellious with designs that are reflective with a unique appearance in an otherwise common backdrop, a major
component with retaining individuality as it was when architects Robertson and Marks
put pencil to paper in the mid 1920’s.
no longer remain historic unless they have retained the historic heritage of their past. It is the uniqueness of the historic
buildings that make each place individual; the Bondi Surf Pavilion is no exception.
It is the uniqueness of this historic building that cements its place in history and within local, State and
national heritage; The Pavilion gave Bondi Beach a sense of place where other beaches around Australia in the early part of
the 20th century were still bare of public service and wanting of uniqueness, even today such a majestic architectural
design of this magnitude on the forefront of a beach is unheard of, thus making the Bondi Surf Pavilion a national icon of
architectural importance, also the Bondi
Surf Pavilion has considerable architectural merit by the quality of its architecture, materials, and craftsmanship,
a probable reason why it is still listed with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects on the List of Twentieth Century
shouldn’t allow operating costs of the Bondi Surf Pavilion be used as an excuse to privatise a landmark that has proved
itself a valuable public asset of State and national importance.
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