Angourie in pictures

Fresh Mullet, Angourie c. 1972.
Fresh Mullet, Angourie c. 1972.

THEY say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there were certainly more than that spoken at the opening of John Witzig’s photographic exhibition on Saturday night at Angourie.

Yarns flowed into the evening recalling the history of one of the world’s most famous surf breaks and the culture that grew.

“I remember driving to Angourie for the first time and seeing all the cane fields,” said local shaper Rod Dahlberg, who originates from New Zealand.

“I thought I had arrived at some kind of tropical heaven,” he said.

While Witzig’s works hang on the walls of galleries in Sydney and Melbourne and regional galleries in between, the birthplace and focus of so many of his shots had never staged its own exhibition until one local surfer stepped in.

“I asked John if he had any old photos of my dad or my family,” Jeremy Walters said.

“And he showed me these shots of my dad and my uncle in the late 60s and early 70s at Angourie that were just incredible.”

Jeremy knew that a lot of the surfers Witzig had hung out with and captured on film were still living locally and so suggested an exhibition, inviting a few of them to share their memories of Angourie in the late 60s and 70s.

“I thought it was incredible that four of the five speakers that I organised were still living in Angourie,” Jeremy said.

He invited Rod Dahlberg, Dave Treloar, Dennis McPherson, Geof Walters and Chris Brock to share tales from the past. While it took some convincing to make the show happen, the tickets sold in a matter of days. The exhibition will remain at Frangipani restaurant until Sunday.

A charity auction of Witzig’s most famous photograph, Fresh Mullet, fetched $1500.

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