State Library NSW Bitsize lunch talk: The Duke January 16 2015, 0 Comments
Date: Thursday 22 January 2015
Time: 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, ground floor, Macquarie Street building SLNSW
Cost: Free, bookings essential
In the 19th century, King Kamehameha prophesised that one man would bring fame to the Hawaiian Islands. Many believe that the great waterman, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, was that man, but few know the story of how several young Australians influenced the course of Duke’s life. Legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku is credited by many as the man who popularised surfing in Australia when he visited Freshwater Beach in 1914. His statue still remains on the Freshwater headland and his customised board is retained by their Surf Club. In the centenary year of Duke’s visit to Sydney, a panel consisting of authors Nick Carroll, John Ogden, and Gary Osmond PhD will discuss his legacy.