Beard Culture

Undeniable proof beards were cool 130 years before hipsters

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Beards are a trend in Australia and this is nothing surprising, but is this the first time throughout history this is happening? I bet it isn’t and I believe we don’t need to go too far back so we can find fine examples of bearded gentleman.

Bellow you can find some really cool images of some of the first settlers of the continent dating back as far as 1885 and as you can see from the group picture above there were some pretty damn modern beard styles almost 150 years ago.

By the way, the man on the picture are all workers at a local mill.

Enjoy, and explore some cool beard facts as you scroll down.

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Peachester pioneer Daniel Kendall Cahill, ca 1895.Picture Sunshine Coast

vintage full beard and moustache style
Francis (Frank) Murtagh (1856 – 1925) an early Nambour settler and a man who loved a good beard.Picture Sunshine Coast
balding beard vintage
Alexander Henry Hume, pioneer of the Peachester district, ca 1910. and the first teacher at Peachester School.Picture Sunshine Coast
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William Pettigrew, sawmiller, surveyor, shipowner, politician and diarist, ca 1885.Picture Sunshine Coast

Interesting historic beard facts¹:

  • Primitive men grew a beard to keep their face warm and it also served as an intimidation factor during conflict.
  • During the Middle Ages, if a man touched another man’s beard it was considered offensive and was grounds for a duel.
  • Henry VIII sported a full beard but placed a tax on anyone growing a beard. Queen Elizabeth I disliked beards and continued the beard tax because of her dislike of a furry face.
  • Russia’s Peter The Great also applied a tax to demonstrate his appreciation of western culture.
  • Leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx and author Charles Dickens served as trendsetters.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s style of beard, known as a “chin curtain”, was very popular.
  • The length of a beard was used to profile a suspicious character by the early Australian police force.
  • Image result for Bushranger Ned KellyBushranger Ned Kelly was sporting a full beard, a mustache and short styled hair in the photograph taken of him in Melbourne Goal just days before he was hung.
  • During World War I, growing beards was banned among soldiers of Allied Forces. When the Great War ended, the soldiers came home beardless and this trend continued until the end of World War II.
  • During the late 1950s, the beatnik generation appeared and the adoption of the beard was regarded as “hip”. This was the time of “flower power” and during the early 1960s hippy beards flowed.

Do you have any example of a glorious beard from your grandfather in his early days? If so, please send it our way or post a link in the comment section bellow.

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