Bring in your surf shots of Newcastle

Surfest is launching an appeal for old photos to celebrate 30 years of Surfest which will be part of an exhibition at Newcastle Museum. From left Warren Smith and Deputy Director at Newcastle Museum Julie Baird with Dave Anderson President of Merewether Surfboard Club who came forward today with images to kick start the appeal. They are seeking images from 2000-2010 of Surfest and Newcastle's surfing culture.

Surfest is launching an appeal for old photos to celebrate 30 years of Surfest which will be part of an exhibition at Newcastle Museum. From left Warren Smith and Deputy Director at Newcastle Museum Julie Baird with Dave Anderson President of Merewether Surfboard Club who came forward today with images to kick start the appeal. They are seeking images from 2000-2010 of Surfest and Newcastle's surfing culture.

By GEOFF MOORE. Redhead Beach in 1986.

By GEOFF MOORE. Redhead Beach in 1986.

LOOK under your bed, out in the shed, or anywhere else you or your relatives may have stashed any photographs or memorabilia that showcase Newcastle as the ultimate place to surf.

With Surfest's 30th anniversary just around the corner, organisers are looking to piece together an extensive photographic history of Newcastle in Surfest's milestone year.

Surfest was launched as the BHP Steel Invitational in 1986 and carried the richest prize haul across the world for professional surfers.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength; with local, interstate and international athletes flocking to Newcastle every year to compete.

Merewether Surfboard Club president Dave Anderson was at the launch last week.

The club is in the final stages of planning its 50th anniversary celebration, which will be held at Town Hall later this month.

"We already had a few things catalogued up and passed them on," he said.

The best photos selected by a Surfest panel will go on display in Newcastle Museum and kept in Newcastle Region Library's permanent collection.

Newcastle Museum's Julie Baird said they were on the hunt for photos taken between 2000 and 2010, in particular.

She said the museum, with its object collection, and the library, with its photo collection, would work together to preserve this history of Newcastle.

Photos can be dropped off at Newcastle Museum.

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