Ap­peal could be a life­saver for book

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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