Appeal could be a lifesaver for book
A HISTORIAN is calling for help from across the country as he traces the history of surf lifesaving in Australia.
David Grant, who is writing a book to mark the 125th anniversary of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, is on the hunt for records and artefacts.
He is especially keen to locate copies of photographs, club newsletters and old lifesaving trophies. “We think there’s stuff out there that may have been forgotten that would be interesting,” Mr Grant said. “These things are usually just sitting around at home, or even get thrown out by people who don’t understand the significance.”
The Royal Life Saving Society’s first Australian branch was set up in NSW in 1894, meaning its 125th anniversary will be in 2019.
Branches quickly spread to all other Australian states. In 1924 its responsibilities were divided, with Surf Life Saving Australia responsible for ocean beaches and the RLSSA looking after all other waterways.
“People are always looking to the future, but I say to them, tomorrow’s future is the next day’s history,” he said.
Anyone with items of interest can contact Mr Grant on (03) 9676 6900.
RLSSA patron Sir Peter Cosgrove.