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The Gold Coast before development

By JOL Admin | 30 September 2008

It's easy to forget that the Gold Coast used to be a collection of essentially rural settlements and farmland stretching along the south coast from Southport to the New South Wales border.

 Burleigh Heads Hotel, 1900. Image No 147441

Improvements to transport eventually made access easier and more people were able to visit and enjoy the area, in particular its beaches, commencing the process of development.

Burleigh Heads, 1921. Image No APA-104-0001-0005

Currumbin Beach, 1925. Image No 194763

These photographs show well known parts of the Gold Coast before the closer residential and commercial development gained pace, during the 1950s.


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