FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Photos from the Leader’s archives


The sand dunes that once stretched the full length of the Kurnell peninsula have long been a playground for Sutherland Shire residents.

They have also provided a setting for the movies Forty Thousand Horsemen in 1940 and Mel Gibson’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985.

All the while, the dunes have been slowly disappearing as sand mining has been carried out to meet building and construction needs throughout Sydney, with protests over development plans for the excavated land.


Every Friday we delve into the Leader archives to embark on some time travel.

We will bring you a photograph of a news event from 57 years of Leader news coverage that you may or may not recall.

Flashback Friday submissions are also welcomed.

Feel free to share your recollections with us on our Facebook page @stgeorgesutherlandleader or email leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au