"In record-breaking heat on what became known as ‘Black Sunday’, thousands had flocked to take part in Sydney’s favourite pastime, surfing at Bondi beach. “Two hundred surfers were swept out to sea by the backwash of huge seas yesterday afternoon,” reported the newspaper. Four people drowned and scores were rescued in the last stages of exhaustion as a sandbank gave way in heavy seas. One of those rescued was Bill, an Oral History group member, who remembers when the sandbank on which he and dozens of others were standing that hot afternoon gave way."  Read the rest of Bill's story and others by clicking here.