Blog post from Tuesday, 10 February, 2015

On this day, 100 years ago, on 10th February 1915, Duke Kahanamoku visited Australia’s Newcastle beach.

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was a Hawaiian-American competition swimmer who competed and won medals at the Olympic Games from 1912 to 1924. He was also known as an actor, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. A bronze statue of him surfing was unveiled at Sydney’s Freshwater Beach in 1994 as the centrepiece of the Duke Kahanamoku Commemorative Park.

This poster is from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.