Fossicking on the exposed reef at low tide was one of the main activities for early holidaymakers, c1932. Collection of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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Coloured coral collection. Colour is one of the great pleasures of the underwater world. This collection of corals and shells was painted to represent the colours of the living reef.

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Tourists gathering shells and corals at Lodestone Reef near Townsville, c1920. Collection of the National Museum of Australia

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