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ballet dancers and suntans

We’re on a roll here …..

The Somerton Man was said to have had signs of a previous season’s suntan on his legs and thighs but not his upper body, consistent with someone who wore a shirt to the beach.

The pics below are of a couple of (Ballets Russes) dancers frolicking on Bungan Beach* in the thirties  … far too early for our man, but old habits die hard.

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Lifted from here:

http://www.secondbreath.co.uk/br_home.html

*Bungan Beach is on Sydney’s northern peninsula. What these balleteers didn’t know was that a nice little right-hander broke down the side of the southern headland. Rockpools.

Below is Oscar, an old friend lucky on the day. Pic by his brother Bruce Usher.

usher

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. ellen #

    The story of Somerton Man is becoming even more romantic.

    January 11, 2018
  2. Seems an Australian ballet dancer, Paul Hammond, born in Marrickville in 1922 was part of Metropolitan Ballet (UK) from 1948 to 1950 and it is said that Roma Egan became one of Hammond’s pupils when he opened The Paul Hammond Ballet School in Melbourne.
    I haven’t been able to find out if the MB (UK) toured Australia in 47 / 48.

    January 13, 2018
  3. Ellen #

    I was surprised to learn the actor Peter Finch was married to a famous ballerina Tamara who danced with the Ballet Russe in Australia up until 1948 when he began his film career in London at the behest of Laurence Olivier. Somerton Man resembles Peter Finch IMHO.

    January 14, 2018

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