MAD About Beachcombers

As part of the 2013 Sydney MAD weekend (Modernist Architecture+Design), many colourful Beachcomber-ettes came to Avalon Beach from all over the country, anticipating a day of modernist merriment.

More Beachcomber Bonding

Not even a weekend of wild weather could deter the gathering of the Beachcomber clan in Balgownie for the 2015 BBQ. Hosts Tim and Karen welcomed Beachcomber fans to their immaculate Mark IV, high on the Illawarra escarpment. In between the eating of much delicious food, there was lively discussion of Beachcomber-friendly renovations and 1960s colour schemes.

Stackable Beachcomber

Re-imagining the Beachcomber for the 21st Century, design student Kara Prosser has evolved the Beachcomber Mark 2013 to house up to four families – vertically.

Bauhaus birthday cake

Nino’s wife Vera, cake-itect extraordinaire, delighted everyone at the second annual Beachcomber BBQ with both the form and function of her concealed chocolate, almond and hazelnut torte.

Australian Country Beachcomber

Nine pages of colourful retro delight, profiling Billy and Sarah’s Blue Mountains hideaway.

Big box on steel legs

Image courtesy of Nino Sydney

A great overview of the Beachcomber story in the Sydney Morning Herald (October 2012).

Kismet

Testing the theory – smart people live in Beachcombers.

Inaugural Beachcomber BBQ

On Anzac Day 2012 the first annual Beachcomber BBQ kicked off at Billy and Sarah’s Mark II in the Blue Mountains.

Beachcomber’s 50th birthday

Beachcomber fans celebrating the Beachcomber’s 50th birthday with architect Nino Sydney (second from right). Ilse (fourth from right), possibly holds the record for longest Beachcomber resident, having built hers in 1964, and lived in it for 47 years.

South Turramurra, near Comenarra Parkway

Image courtesy of Nino Sydney

The boy is probably a grandpa now, but the Beachcomber Mark II looks resplendent amongst the less adventurous housing nearby. Comenarra Estate, South Turramurra. Photographed 1960s, image supplied by Nino Sydney.