Bondi

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In 1809, the road builder William Roberts received a grant of land in the area. In 1851, Edward Smith Hall and Francis O'Brien purchased 200 acresof the Bondi area that included most of the beach frontage, which was named the "The Bondi Estate." Hall was O'Brien's father-in-law. Between 1855 and 1877 O'Brien purchased his father-in-law's share of the land, renamed the land the "O'Brien Estate," and made the beach and the surrounding land available to the public as a picnic ground and amusement resort. As the beach became increasingly popular, O'Brien threatened to stop public beach access. However, the Municipal Council believed that the Government needed to intervene to make the beach a public reserve. On 9 June 1882, the Bondi Beach became a public beach.

On 6 February 1938, five people drowned and over 250 people were rescued or resuscitated after a series of large waves struck the beach and pulled people back into the sea, a day that became known as "Black Sunday".

Bondi Beach was a working class suburb throughout most of the twentieth century with migrant people from New Zealand comprising the majority of the local population. Following World War II, Bondi Beach and the Eastern Suburbs became home for Jewish migrants from Poland, Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany. A stream of Jewish immigration continued into the 21st century and the area has a number of synagogues and a kosher butcher. The multicultural migration funded and drove the growth of the suburb throughout the 90's into the turn of the century, moving it steadily from its working class roots towards upper/middle class enclave similar to its neighbours of Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill which was listed as the most expensive postcode in the country in 2003, 2004, 2005.

Bondi Beach was long a centre for efforts to fight indecency in beach attire. The beach was a focal point of the 1907 Sydney bathing costume protests, organized to oppose proposed dress standards for beachgoers. The Local Government Act, Ordinance No. 52 (1935) governed the decency of swimming costumes and was in force between 1935 and 1961, and resulted in public controversy as the two-piece "bikini" became popular after World War II. Waverley Council's beach inspectors, including the legendary AubLaidlaw, were responsible for enforcing the law and were required to measure the dimensions of swimwear and order offenders against public decency off the beach. While vacationing in Australia during 1951, American movie actress Jean Parker made international headlines when she was escorted off the beach after Laidlaw determined her bikini was too skimpy. The rule became increasingly anachronistic during the 1950s and was replaced in 1961 with one requiring bathers be "clad in a proper and adequate bathing costume", allowing for more subjective judgement of decency. By the 1980’s topless bathing had become common at Bondi Beach, especially at the southern end.

Sold Properties: Bondi

Address Suburb Sold Date Bed Bath Car
5/5-7 Martins Avenue BONDI 11-09-2017 2 1 1 View Property
6/41 Ocean Street North BONDI 19-09-2016 2 1 1 View Property
2/1A Moore Street BONDI 8-03-2016 2 1 1 View Property
611/212 Bondi Road BONDI 9-06-2015 1 1 0 View Property
22/6-8 Ocean Street North BONDI 2-06-2015 3 2 1 View Property
44 Dudley Street BONDI 17-04-2015 3 2 1 View Property
29a Wellington Street BONDI 21-03-2015 2 1 0 View Property
4/17 Ocean Street North BONDI 9-03-2015 1 1 0 View Property
5/22 Flood Street BONDI 21-11-2014 2 1 1 View Property
4/284 Birrell Street BONDI 17-11-2014 1 1 1 View Property
5/9-11 Ocean Street North BONDI 12-11-2014 2 1 1 View Property
9/15 Sandridge Street BONDI 15-10-2014 2 1 1 View Property
4/20 Glen Street BONDI 10-10-2014 3 2 1 View Property
204/56A-62 Penkivil Street BONDI 9-07-2014 2 2 1 View Property
1/304 Birrell Street BONDI 9-12-2013 2 1 1 View Property
10/41 Ocean Street BONDI 28-10-2013 2 1 1 View Property
8c/39 Penkivil Street BONDI 11-10-2013 2 1 1 View Property
18/41 Ocean Street North BONDI 9-07-2013 2 1 1 View Property
16/73 Penkivil Street BONDI 4-06-2013 4 3 2 View Property
10/9-11 Ocean Street North BONDI 21-05-2013 3 1 1 View Property
18/2 Ocean Street BONDI 19-03-2013 2 1 1 View Property

Leased Properties: Bondi

Address Suburb Leased Date Bed Bath Car
7/5 Rockley Street BONDI 8-07-2016 3 2 1 View Property
21-23 Roscoe Street BONDI 25-05-2016 1 1 View Property
7/53 Glasgow Avenue BONDI 7-05-2016 1.5 1.5 0 View Property
2/40 Ramsgate Avenue BONDI 2-05-2016 1 1 0 View Property
18/36 Bennett Street BONDI 19-01-2016 2 1 1 View Property
8/57-59 Beach Road BONDI 2-10-2015 1 1 1 View Property
2/130 Curlewis Street BONDI 19-07-2013 1 1 1 View Property
73/355 Old South Head Road BONDI 12-07-2013 1 1 1 View Property
10/65 Penkivil Street BONDI 28-06-2013 2 1 1 View Property
15/20-22 Roscoe Street BONDI 2-05-2013 1 1 1 View Property
19/112 Hall Street BONDI 10-01-2013 1 1 1 View Property
8/22-28 Penkivil St BONDI 27-07-2012 2 1 1 View Property
12 Miller St BONDI 23-07-2012 3 2 0 View Property
39 Blair Street BONDI 2 1 0 View Property
5 Hastings Parade BONDI 1 2 0 View Property
44 Military Road BONDI 2 1 0 View Property
11 Hastings Parade BONDI 2 1 1 View Property
73 Blair Street BONDI 2 2 1 View Property
4/34 Roscoe Street BONDI 1 1 0 View Property
37-39 O'Donnell Street BONDI 3 1 2 View Property
14/137 Blair Street BONDI 2 2 1 View Property