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Australian surfboat used by North Curl Curl lifesavers, 1972

This is a single-ender surfboat, the Nola Hubbard, constructed in 1972 in New South Wales and used by the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club. It is made of cedar, silver ash and plywood, and has a brass keel band. The unused oars shown here are stored on top of four wooden bench seats. The name has been painted in yellow ...

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Surfies, clubbies and a changing way of life

What effect did the rise of surfboard riding and its accompanying surf culture have on surf lifesaving? In the early 1960s, surf lifesaving was regarded as a model of the values that underpin the Australian way of life. This clip from 1964 explores the collision between the new surf culture and the traditions of the surf ...


Thrill of the Surf, 1949: Surfing, a national sport

This black-and-white clip shows surfing on Sydney's Bondi Beach in 1949 and includes scenes of surfboard building, surfers riding the waves towards the shore on the long surfboards popular at the time, surf ski riders and a rescue by surf-lifeguards. Final footage includes close-up action shots filmed alongside riders in ...


Australians at the beach, pre-1930

This is a collection of 24 digital curriculum resources focusing on Australians at the beach before 1930. It includes paintings, photographs and swimsuits along with numerous examples of archival film footage showing people enjoying the beach in the early 20th century. The collection is organised into periods - early 1800s, ...


Lifesavers at Bondi Beach

This is an excerpt from a silent documentary film made in 1929 by the Australian Migration and Development Commission entitled 'Sons of the surf'. It shows people on a beach, with lifesavers keeping watch after the introductory intertitle, 'Where the sport is keenest, danger often lurks, and a voluntary corps of trained ...


A lifesaving carnival in the 1920s

This is silent footage showing a surf lifesaving carnival with lifesavers demonstrating their skills on Bondi Beach in Sydney. It is an excerpt from the documentary film made in 1929 by the Australian Migration and Development Commission entitled 'Sons of the surf'. It begins with the intertitle, 'A championship competition ...


A beach rescue in 'Sunshine Sally'

This is a frame blow-up from the 1922 silent era film 'Sunshine Sally'. It shows a beach scene with surf lifesavers rescuing Sally from the surf at Coogee Beach in Sydney, New South Wales, using the reel and line method.


Manly Beach in 1949

This is a photograph of a crowded Manly Beach, in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1949. There is a lifeguard and surf lifesaving patrol enclosure in the foreground and hundreds of bathers both on the beach and in the water.


Life saver and woman at Manly in 1949

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1949 of a member of the Manly Surf Life Saving Club, Lindsay Wheaton, and an unidentified woman outside the club at South Steyne, Manly surf beach, Sydney. Wheaton is wearing the swimming costume and cap of the club, which he represented when he became the Australian Open Single ...


Beach at Surfers Paradise, 1959

This is a black-and-white photograph of a beach at Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Taken in 1959, it shows people relaxing on a beach with some watching a surf lifesaving boat being launched. About two dozen swimmers can be seen swimming in a group in the background.


Scenes at Ballina's main beach

This is a silent home movie made in about 1934 at the main beach at Ballina, New South Wales, where a surf lifesaving carnival is taking place. Footage includes scenes of lifesavers in lifeboats and lifesavers marching in teams in front of a crowd of spectators. Children hover around one of the lifeboats as it is pulled ...


Palm Beach in 1924

This is an excerpt from a 1924 silent documentary about the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, New South Wales. It opens with the intertitle 'The entrance of the Hawkesbury, showing Barrenjoey lighthouse and Lion Island'. This is followed by an elevated north-facing view of Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Head and lighthouse and ...


Women protect Queensland beaches, 1971

This is a photograph of a member of the Neptune Ladies Lifesaving Club at Tallebudgera, Queensland, in 1971, in the role of patrolling officer. The photograph shows the swimming hole at Tallebudgera Creek and, in the background, the Tallebudgera Bridge. There are swimmers in the shallow water and children playing in the ...


Female lifesaving club, Queensland, 1971

This is a photograph of members of the Neptune Ladies Lifesaving Club on parade at Tallebudgera, Queensland, in 1971. The women are marching in formation, wearing their swimsuits and lifesaver's caps. Four of the women are holding a surf reel and the leader is marching in front and displaying the club's banner. Tallebudgera ...


Neptune Ladies Lifesaving Club, Queensland, 1971

This is a photograph of two members of the Neptune Ladies Lifesaving Club in action, using the lifesaving reel, line and belt, at Tallebudgera Creek, Queensland, in 1971. One of the women is acting as rescuer and is wearing the belt, which is attached by line to the reel. The other is guiding the release of the line as ...


Female lifesaver, Queensland, 1971

This is a photograph of a member of the Neptune Ladies Lifesaving Club patrolling the beach at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast in Queensland in 1971. She is standing on the lookout tower wearing a swimsuit and lifesaver's cap and using binoculars to survey the water. The photograph shows the Tallebudgera Creek, with ...


Women surf lifesaving competitors, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of women from the Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club in a march-past on Manly Beach in 1956.


The Queen Mother at Manly Beach, 1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of the Queen Mother (1900-2002) inspecting a guard of honour at the Manly Surf Carnival in 1958.


Surf lifesavers in a surf boat battle the waves, 1948

This is an image of surf lifesavers rowing a surf boat out through breaking waves at an Australian beach. The crew of five, consisting of four seated rowers in T-shirts and a bare-chested sweep standing at the back of the boat holding the steering oar, wear surf lifesaving caps and life jackets.


Surf boat crashes against the waves, 1966

This is a colour photograph of a wooden surf rescue boat crashing into waves, taken in 1966. The crew struggle to control the boat against the surf.