Local Treasures: Early Surfest Photographs 1985-1988

Surfest - 25th November 1986 Newcastle (Australia) [Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtesy of UoNCC]

Surfest – 25th November 1986 Newcastle (Australia) [Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtesy of UoNCC]

Day Shift – 18/11/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Gionni Di Gravio (Archivist) discuss the release of over 800 scanned colour and black and white negatives of the early Surfest events held on Newcastle Beach across the years 1985 to 1988. They are all sourced from a massive commercial photographic archive recently donated to the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Broadcast Notes:

Surfest ’85 (99 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157646902367064/

Surfest ’86 (456 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649215677766/

Surfest ’87 (142 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649316149282/

Surfest ’88 (128 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649320214052/

 

A collection of over 800 photographs held in the University of Newcastle’s Archives has been released globally to assist in the celebrations currently underway to mark the 30th anniversary of the Surfest in February 2015.

The images, all scanned from original colour negatives, date from the inaugural Surfest bearing the date of ’26th November 1985′ up until 1988, taken at events held at Newcastle Beach, Australia.

Massive crowds at the inaugural Surfest '85 26th November 1985 (Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtest of UoNCC)

Massive crowds at the inaugural Surfest ’85 26th November 1985 (Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtest of UoNCC)

The images were shot by Chris Patterson and other photographers working for Hannan Photography, who were engaged to record the event by Peach Advertising on behalf of the Surfest sponsors B.H.P. (The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd). Surfest was also known as “The BHP Steel International”.

Once the call came out from the Surfest Anniversary organisers for historic images, Chris contacted us, after learning that the entire Hannan photographic archive had been donated to the University’s Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library. He came in, and help tracked down the original 35mm colour negatives that he shot all those years ago. He also explained their numbering scheme which has been very helpful in sorting the massive collection.

The images were scanned from the original 35 mm colour negatives, at 3200 dpi using an Epson Perfection V700 Scanner. They comprised sheets labeled under the original numbering sequence of CN6858, CN7560, CN8162, CN8764 respectively. (CN=Colour Negative)

The original negatives are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia).

People are welcome to use the images for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge them as “Courtesy of the Hannan Photography Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)”

For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting <a href=”mailto:archives@newcastle.edu.au” rel=”nofollow”>Cultural Collections</a>.

If you are the subject of the images, or know the subject of the images, and have cultural or other reservations about the images being displayed on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact <a href=”mailto:archives@newcastle.edu.au” rel=”nofollow”>Cultural Collections</a>.

If you have any further information or stories that come to mind after viewing the photographs, please leave a comment.

These images are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the donors (Don McCririck of Hannan Photography) and the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund.

If you wish to donate to the Vera Deacon Fund please download a form here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21528529/veradeaconform.jpg

Further information on the forthcoming Surfest 30th Anniversary 2015 is here: http://www.surfest.com/

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