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Hammond family farm (Yallingup Hill) early history

In 1933 Thomas Garfield Hammond purchased circa 100 acres of land at Yallingup in front of the historic Caves House Hotel site owned then by that state government.

Thomas built rental cottages and grew oats on the land. 66% of the Hammond land was developed and 34 % was left as undeveloped.

Thomas ‘Ting’ Hammond and his wife Silvia ‘Dorrie’ Doreen (nee Burkett) bought up their sons William ‘Garth’ and Graham ‘Jack’ on Yallingup hill.

Ting was a Dental Surgeon and practiced out of Claremont and a surgery at the top end of St Georges Terrace in Perth. He also had an effective medical suite with dental surgery and denture manufacturing workshop at the big house on Yallingup Hill.

Photo: 1940s Ting’s bronze Dental Surgeon professional plaque and a small selection of his dental equipment. Hammond family pic.

Thomas Hammond’s grandson Evan Hammond has kindly provided this history of his family’s early years on Yallingup Hill. Evan is a 3rd generation Hammond family member living on Yallingup Hill. Evan and his elder brother Dene are the sons of the late Garth Hammond and Patricia Hammond (now of Floreat).

Photos: 1933-36 Ting and his convertible at Yallingup campsites. Hammond family pics.

Left: Ting at Canal Rocks campsite.

Right: Ting at Yallingup hill campsite (near Steve Russo’s place on Valley Road).

Ting built their first family cottage on the undeveloped side of the valley in Yallingup in the 40s. Today only the remnants of the white cap rock chimney and a fruiting fig tree remain.

His wife Dorrie used figs from the fig tree to make fig jam for tourists visiting Yallingup. Initially tourist buses visited the ‘big house’ for refreshments, then later the Hammond Tea Rooms (Surfside) were built on the beach front at Yallingup. The tea rooms served food, Devonshire teas and petrol.

Photo: Dorrie and the hand cast copper pot used to make fig jam. Hammond family pic.

Left: 1922 Dorrie Burkett age 19.

Right: 1940s Dorrie’s fig jam pot.

Photo: 1940s unsealed Valley Road Yallingup. Hammond family pic.

From 1943 to 1947 Ting built rental cottages on the hill. He built 5 rental cottages on the high side of Elsegood Avenue.  On the low side of Hammond Road he built the big house and two cottages (Laurie Schlueter’s cottage and the Savage Family’s “The Junction” cottage).

Ting’s private family house was called ‘the big house’. It was built on stumps and had an enclosed verandah covered in wooden slats.

The cottage on the corner of Hammond and Valley roads was called ‘The Junction’ because it was physically halfway between the pub and beach.

The Junction and its very old hedged tree fence can be found is at the end of the Ghost Track (also known affectionately as the Ghost Trail or Bridal Trail) when walking from the hotel to the beach.

Photos: 1940’s the Hammond’s ‘big house’ on Hammond Road Yallingup. Hammond family pics.

Left: Ting with his car meeting with guests and the cottage builders at the big house.

Right: rental guests at the big house.

Photos: 1940s rental cottages being built on Elsegood Avenue. Hammond family pics.

Left: Rental cottage with the big house and Tings car in the background.

Right: Rental cottage with Ting’s car out the front.

Photos: 1947 Hammond cottages on Yallingup hill. Hammond family pics.

Photo: 1947 Hammond cottages and the big house on the hill with a clearing and a windmill in the foreground. Hammond family pic.

Photo: 1947 Hammond rental cottages with guest vehicles out the front and the big house on the right. Hammond family pic.

Photo: 1947 panorama of Hammond land on Yallingup Hill. Hammond family pic.

L-R Hammond tea rooms, rental cottages, the big house and The Junction.

Photo: 1949 Ting watching Garth (age 7) climb a ladder to a water tank at the rental cottages on Yallingup hill. Hammond family pic.

Photo: 1946-47 Ting’s son Garth playing with a friend at Slippery Rocks Yallingup Beach. Hammond family pic.

Note beach erosion at Rabbit Hill in the background.

Ting’s boys Jack and Garth attended Yallingup Primary School on the corner of Caves Road and Wildwood Road (now Steiner School). Hammond family pic.

Photo: The Yallingup Primary School class of ’52 with Garth in front row 5th from right.

Records show that circa 1952 to 1966 there were just the lower roads on Yallingup Hill. Then the development of Wardanup Crescent was undertaken by Alan Bond from Bond Corp and sold in and around the 1967 to 1972 era. Interestingly Wardanup Crescent is named after the Wardanup Ridge which is visible behind the Yallingup Hill town site. It’s also finds its name from the Wardani people, of the Noongar tribe of indigenous Australians.

Photo: 1955 Hammond family on Valley Road Yallingup with Ting’s Chevrolet sedan. Photo courtesy of photographer John Budge and Surfing Down South book.

L-R. Ting’s sons Graham ‘Jack’ & William ‘Garth’, Mrs Silvia ‘Dorrie’ Hammond and Thomas ‘Ting’ Hammond.

Ting’s car in the photo is a 1954 Chevrolet BelAir 4 Door sedan. 235 cubic inch 6 cylinder with a three speed box. Evan recalls Garth saying there were some “adventurous” runs to Busselton when the old man was away. The car was very powerful for its day.

The number plate BSN 1991 on Ting’s Chev is still retained by the Hammond family and since Garth’s passing it is on Patricia’s car. Evan’s 1979 Range Rover has the number plate BSN 1881 and both these plates are the original family plates.

Ting acquired the ship’s bell off the 1897 MV Helena.

MV Helena was built in England, dismantled, shipped to Perth then rebuilt at Coffee Point (South of Perth Yacht Club’s site) for Ting’s father William John Hammond and his business partner Alex Matherson as they developed what was known as Melville Waters Park Estate which is now called Applecross.

She would steam paddle back and forth from William Street Jetty Perth with supplies and materials for the company’s subdivision and development site.

An Exert from WA maritime registers has the following information on her;

No.12, 1898, HELENA, O/No.102216, 27.5 tons.

Paddle Steamship.

Dimensions, 65 x 12 x 5.25 feet.

Built by A.H.Grey at Coffee Point, during 1897.

Owner: Melville Waters Park Estates Ltd. of Perth.

This vessel was abandoned at Coffee Point, Swan River in 1905 and eventually sank at her moorings.

The ship’s bell subsequently found a home at Yallingup and is well known to a lot of kids on Yallingup hill.

From 1982-83 until recently, Garth Hammond would do up the ute, dress in a Father Christmas outfit along with some years Jack or Mick Mickle and ring the Helena bell to signify Santa was coming. His sons Dene & Evan and any other festive local ready to give a hand would throw out wrapped toffees to celebrate Xmas with the Yallingup Hill community. Very kindly these would be provided by Allens Sweets and organised by Peter Dyson as a gift to his Yallingup hill family.

Graham John Hammond (Uncle Jack) is of the belief that Ting hand built the wooden frame to house the bell he inherited from his father.

Photo: 1897 MV Helena ship bell at Yallingup. Hammond family pic

Garth and Patricia Hammond’s sons Dene and Evan still live in Yallingup.

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Growing up in the South West by Justin Redman

Justin ‘JR’ Redman is the youngest sibling in a strong South West surfing family. He was born in Busselton in 1977 and attended Busselton High School

His father Ralph is a talented goofy footer and was featured surfing Margaret’s on the cover of Tracks Magazine 30 years ago. His mother Jill has supported Justin throughout his competition career. Elder brother Patrick was twice Australian windsurfing champion. Sister Melanie Redman-Carr is a former West Australian professional surfer. Melanie was twice runner up to World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley.

Justin grew up surfing in the South West with his family, former Pro Surfer Taj Burrow and other Yallingup locals during the 1980 & 90s.

These are Justin’s recollections.

I first started surfing at age 8. Although my dad had tried to encourage my sister Melanie and I to surf previously, we were just not interested until one day I was swimming in the lagoon at Yalls with my sister and Taj Burrow (age 7) who had been already surfing for two months, told us to have a go. I beached the first wave. It was easy for small kids to learn on the thick railed surfboards we had then. We were hooked!

Photos: 1985-87 Justin at the beach. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin and his Dad (Ralph) on Yallingup beach.

Right: (Top) Justin windsurfing at Dunsborough surf cat hire. (Bottom) Justin surfing in Yalls lagoon.

My first board was shared with my sister, it was a Murray Smith Hot Brewz surfboard with a brick wall design sprayed on it.

We had two wet suits between us, one was a spring suit that wasn’t too bad, and the other was a short john 4 sizes too big, that we were literally just swimming in. There was always a fight about whose turn it was to wear the good wet suit. I usually lost, as I was two years younger and not as bossy as my sister.

We thought we were hard done by in our oversized short john, but I remember an incident at Herring beach (in front of the shops at Grace Town). Herring beach was a step above the lagoon at Yalls and our favourite wave at the time. My Dad and brother Patrick were windsurfing with Vance Burrow. Jake Centa was there, Taj and I pressured (teased and bullied) Jake into going out in his jocks with us. It was so windy we could barely walk against the wind. He probably still has hypothermia. Best of all we still have the footage!

Progressing from the Yallingup lagoon to “out to the back” was the equivalent to surfing 50ft Jaws in Hawaii. Standing on the edge of the reef ready to jump off into the great unknown was a terrifying experience for a 9 year old. It was a proud moment fronting up to school on the Monday to boast my achievements. 

Dan Wake, Taj Burrow, Misty and Jessy Ellis and Melanie, and I, as well as all the local Yallingup crew would all hang out in the dunes, near where the lower viewing platform and showers now stand. When we’re not surfing we would be sand boarding, or body surfing Rabbit Hill.

Photo: 1988 Local grommets at Yallingup beach. Nance Burrow pic

L-R Melanie Redman (age 12), Jake Centa, Daniel Wake, Justin (age 10) and Taj Burrow (age 9).

We would be given a small ration of money to make a phone call to get picked up after a long day in the sun, but we preferred to spend the cash on lollies and just call up from the public phone box without money. It would ring through and cut you off after one second. Just enough to shout out one word. Our parents would get the picture.

Spending winter days at Rocky Point was always fun. All the crew would hang out near the tree and rocks, which provided reasonable shelter from the winter squalls and a perfect spot to have a fire and watch our mates surf.  Cooking Jaffles after a freezing surf was awesome.

When the winter North West storms came, it always created a bit of excitement amongst the local school crowd, as it was a chance for the local kids to be able to walk to the surf at Castle Rock or surf in town or somewhere in between. On the bus trip home from school, we would get a sneak peek at the  beaches down every drain along the way and get a bit of an idea if Castles would be breaking or not? Reality rarely met expectations.

My Quindalup neighbours Dan and Shannon Wake and myself would often raid my brothers and Dad’s collection of abused windsurfer boards. We would strap them to our bike trailers and ride down to Three Pines (aka Quindalup Super Bank) and surf the little runners. These boards were about 8’4” by 4 inches thick. They were beastly to turn but they sure did float. Turning a Malibu or a gun was a piece of cake after coming off windsurfer boards.

I remember spending all day on Bears beach in the mid 80s while dad (Ralph) was surfing. Nancy Burrow used to look after my sister Melanie & I (and any other pre-school age kids on the beach). Taj & I used to surf back wash on the inside reef (lagoon) at Bears.

Photo: 1987 Taj Burrow and Justin relaxing between surfs at Three Bears. Nance Burrow pic.

Dad made Surfrats Surfboards for Mel and me in his and Geoff Culmsee’s Fibreglass Factory in Clark Street Dunsborough.

Photo: 1988 Melanie and Justin at Yallingup Beach with their Surfrats Surfboards. Redman family pic.

We used to raid H20 Surfboard’s skip bin and salvage sand paper, fibreglass and I even found an old sander I’m still using today.

Photo: 1989 Melanie (age 13) and Justin (age 11) at Quindalup family home with their H2O Surfboards made in Naturaliste Terrace Dunsborough by Ron Baker.  Redman family pic.

Photos: 1989 Justin surfing Rocky Point. Redman family pics.

We went to the Abrolhos Islands in a cray boat which had been converted to a charter boat. It was called Force 5 and it was the maiden voyage as a charter boat. Taj and I wanted to surf every spot we went past and the old blokes wanted to find better surf. I surfed a left hand reef break in the middle of ocean with Taj, Vance and Ralph and the boat went way to go fishing. I caught a long wave when I got back to the group they were huddled together as they had seen a large tiger shark. The boat came back for us eventually. Later we found out the spot is called ‘Shark Alley’.

Photo: 1989 Abrolhos Island surf trip with the Burrow & Culmsee families and South West friends. Taj and Justin are standing in the middle of the group. Photo credit Nancy Burrow.

My sponsors were Rusty, Quiksilver and Rip Curl. Back then Baz Young was agent for Rip Curl and Quiksilver. Quiksilver were a clothing Coy and Rip Curl were a wettie Coy. Rusty made surfboards.

Photo: 1990 Justin with sponsored surfboard and wettie. Redman family pic.

Photos: 1990 Justin surfing Baby Bears on a Rusty Surfboard. Redman family pics.

Note: the water shot bottom right was taken by Nancy Burrow.

Photos: Early 1990s Justin surfing in the SW. Redman family pics

Top: Justin surfing Cabbage Patch at Kabbijgup Beach.

Bottom: Justin surfing Lefthanders.

I made my first trip to Red Bluff/Gnaraloo when I was age 1. Ha!

Dad used to stick a fold out camper on top of his surf trailer and we camped in it at Gnaraloo.

Photo: 1986 Justin and Melanie with dad Ralph’s surf trailer at Yallingup. Nance Burrow pic.

Photos: 1991 Redman family surf trip to Gnaraloo. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin in camping area.

Right: (Top) Ralph, Patrick and Justin playing cards in caravan. (Bottom) Justin & Melanie checking the waves.

On trips to the city for surf competitions we used to stay in the White Sands Hotel at Scarborough. Like every kid, we raced the elevators and swam in the pool, the movies were good too. Taj used to stay there too. My mum or Nancy Burrow would look after us. We were always disappointed with the waves in the city.

Photos: Junior surf competitions at Scarborough. Redman family pics.

Top: 1980s Taj Burrow (2nd from left) and Justin Redman (3rd from left) competing at Scarborough

Bottom: 1991 (Left) Mum Jill & Justin (age 14). (Right) L-R Daniel Wake, Misty Ellis, Taj Burrow, Justin and Jess Ellis.

Dad used to drive us to Smiths reef on the old dirt road that ends on the hill behind the surf break.

Photo: 1992 Dad’s 4wd parked on Smiths Beach hill. Redman family pic.

L-R Daniel Wake, Ralph and Justin Redman.

My surfboard sponsor Rusty was slow making my boards. There were always excuses like ‘pros in town’ etc. They made me a board 3-4 months late, so I made my own board, I went really well on it and so they dumped me. Ha!

Photo: 1992 Redman bros shaping surfboards in the backyard at Quindalup. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin and Patrick. Right: Justin.

Justin has won numerous State Titles, four National Longboarding titles (in different age categories) and has competed in three World Longboard Tour events.

In 2001 the National Longboard Titles were held at Yallingup WA in a solid swell. Some East Coast teams were not happy competing in the large conditions, but it didn’t worry us and the WA team won the event.

Photo: 2001 the winning WA team at National Longboard Titles held at Yallingup. Justin Redman pic.

L-R (Standing) Justin Redman, Paul Thompson, Bob Monkman, Claire Finucane and Tim Fitzpatrick, (Front) Surfing WA heavy weight Gary ‘Gooselegs’ Vaughan and Australian surfing legend Bob McTavish.

Justin has won the Yallingup Malibu Classic Open Division a record 11 times.

Photos: 2014-15 Justin surfing at Yallingup. Loz Smith and Jim King pics.

Left: 2014 Justin wins Yallingup Malibu Classic. Right: Justin free surfing Yallingup.

Justin has been a team rider for Sunova Surfboards since 1996.

He lives in Dunsborough and operates Meelup Beach Hire.

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1963 Surfing images by Murray D’Arcy from North End Board Club

Murray d’Arcy a foundation member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough took these vintage WA surfing photos in 1963 .

Photo: January 1963 Murray d’Arcy (surfer/photographer/cook) cooking brekkie at Lancelin. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Metro Beach Images

Photo: June 1963 south Scarborough Beach wave line-up. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the boys at Scarborough. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Front: Jim Breadsell standing with his foot on Garry Grannery.

Back: L-R Bill Stephenson in white t-shirt, Peter McGuire in black, Warren Smith scratching his leg, Peter Longley in great coat, John Pinch looking over Peter Longley’s shoulder, others unidentified.

Photo: June 1963 Murray Smith surfing Scarborough Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

South West Beach Images.

Photo: Easter 1963 surfers with Morris Minor sedan loaded with Malibu surfboards at Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Alex ‘Zac’ Kochanowitsch on the left with hands in pockets and John Bartle with arm in car window, others unidentified.

Photo: January 1963 the lads campsite set up under melaleuca trees at Yallingup Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 Murray d’Arcy with camp gear and surfboards in Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the lads doing a swell check from the creek at Cowaramup Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 John ‘The Mess’ Stevens at the top of the Gallows track. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 summer wave line-up at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 flotilla of Malibu’s at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the North End Board Club lads at Bunker Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

L-R Peter Longley, unidentified, Bob Spence in red, Geoff Culmsee, John Pinch, Jim Breadsell, Garry Grannery, John Townsend, Peter McGuire, Murray Smith with Bill Stephenson kneeling in front.

Photo: 1963 November 1963 the North End Board Club lads waxing their boards at The Farm surf break in Bunkers Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Many thanks to 1960s North End Board Club member Jim Breadsell for sharing Murray d’Arcy’s vintage surf images with Surfing Down South.

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1985 Inaugural Yal Mal Contest – Presentation images by Nerria Winchcombe

The inaugural Yallingup Malibu Surfing Classic was run in December 1985.

It was Laurie ‘Loz’ Smith who, in 1985 conceived the idea of celebrating and commemorating the introduction of the Malibu surfboard back in the 1960s. Then Yallingup was the mecca for those longboard pioneers and from then Yallingup’s reputation as one of Australia’s great surfing beaches quickly spread. Laurie’s enthusiasm and hard work have been instrumental in the ongoing success and popularity of the Classic. (Source: 1988 Yallingup Progress Association newsletter).

It is now the marquee event of the Western Australian Longboard season and has been running continuously at Yallingup Beach for 32 years.

The ’85 contest presentations were held on the lawn in front of the old toilet block on Yallingup.

This is a collection of images of the ’85 Contest presentations by Nerria Winchcombe courtesy of Brad Leonhardt of Yallingup.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Unidentified, Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson on microphone and Loz Smith on the right.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant and commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson and Loz Smith presenting a surfboard prize to contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger. The Santosha surfboard prize was the first longboard that Mick Button shaped.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant Ian ‘Prive‘ Morris socialising.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Greg Laurenson, Loz Smith and Robbo at the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger holding his Santosha Surfboard prize. Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson, assistant Loz Smith and a stray dog are running the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Finalists lined-up in front of old brick toilet block at Yallingup Beach – Nerria Winchcombe pic.

L-R Bob Monkman, Robbo, Peter Mac, Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, Peter Dyson (with back to camera), Ross Thompson, Cliff Hills, Gene Hall and Tony Harbison with Keith Campbell and Twiggy just out of shot. John Clemenger is kneeling in front with his surfboard prize and mini Malibu trophy shaped by Greg Laurenson.

Robbo won the worst wipeout award and Dyso was given the tenderfoot award as he cut his toe.

Classic contest heroics, fun presentations and misdeeds at Mal Functions are now embedded in WA surf history.

For further details of the inaugural Classic, click on this link Yallingup Malibu Classic since 1985

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Yallingup Feast images by Loz Smith

Another solid ground swell hit the South West’s west coast beaches on Thurs 8 June 2017. Conditions at Yallingup main break were great with winter sun and off-shore winds. It was a feast for local young guns Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold and veterans Andy Jones and Rich Myers.

Rich MyersAndy & I were the oldest and coldest surfers out there. The real rippers were talented SW locals Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold….they surfed the waves properly!

In my opinion, Karl Leavy is the best surfer at Yalls these days. Karl is WA’s Kai Lenny (Hawaii). He reads Yalls better than most. His different approach to riding big waves has made him stand out. He is a waterman to the max.

Karl has been collaborating with Chappy from Chapstar Surfboards to develop an innovative surfboard than will enable him to ride big waves at Yalls in a better way.

Quindalup craftsman Loz Smith captured these images of the action at Yalls. Unfortunately there are no images of Andy Jones and Karl Leavy in Loz’s photo-shoot.

Photo: Winter sun and waves at Yallingup. Loz pic.

Photo: Mick Watts taking the drop at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Peter Arnold lining up the wall at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Peter Arnold in full flight at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: The Shaana Café crew at Yalls. L-R Chiara, Fonzie and chef Mich. Loz pic.

Note: Shaana Café has closed for winter and will re-open in September.

Photo: Rich Myers doing what he does best at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Rich Myers bottom turn. Loz pic.

Rich Myers – I think my mate Andy got cleaned-up by the following wave. It’s funny because he talked me into going out there! The previous Sunday, the waves were much bigger and I talked him into going out. Then it was my turn to be cleaned up. I took a huge set wave drop then straightened off and got cement trucked on the head. I was held down in Yalls black hole before being washed up on the beach in Grannies Pool. Karl Leavy and Damon Oats were the stand outs that big day.

Photo: a happy Richie with his 8’2” DMD big wave board post surf. Loz pic.

Photo: Rich Myers with his favourite girls Anne and Sinead on the deck at Yallingup. Loz pic.

Rich Myers – I was happy to get two good waves before having to get back to the Rest home before the nurses found out. Ha!

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