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Newspapers : 1919.


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The distinct lack of newspaper reports from 1916 is due to Australia's committment to the war in Europe.

28 October 1919 : 
29 October 1919 : 
31 October 1919 : 
8 December 1919 : 
Surfboard Exhibition Avertisement, Manly.
Surfboard Exhibition, Bondi.
Surfboard Riding Dog, Bondi.
Claude West Wins Surfboard Display, North Steyne.

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate
Tuesday 7 January, page 5.


The bathing season Is now in full swingIn Newcastle, and bathers say the facilities were never better.
Hundreds of country visitors have enjoyed their stay in Newcastle, and they can be expected to come again next year:
 Fortunately, the conditions during the holidays have been favourable for surf bathing, and the visitors spent hours in the water daily.
The only objectionable feature was the reintroduction of the surf boards, and steps will have to be taken to put a stop to the practice, which is highly dangerous, when hundred of men, women, and children, are disporting themselves in the breakers.
Notices are posted on Newcastle Beach prohibiting the .use of the boards, and the beach inspectors should see that the regulation is observed.

1919 'THE BATHING SEASON.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 7 January, p. 5. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,

The San Francisco Call
January 18, 1913, page 5.

She Had a Great Time in Hawaii and on Board Ship Even if She Did Get Seasick
Beaming with joy over the success of her trip to Honolulu, but still glad to get back to San Francisco. Miss May Josephine Bennett, winner of The Call's girl average earner beauty contest, returned home yesterday on the steamship Sierra.
Dr. Schutz and Schoen were somewhat in the lead of the others, according to admissions she made.
"The duke was all right until I went surf riding with him at Waikiki beach, and then he let me fall off the outrigger.
I grabbed his hair and held on till he yelled for mercy

Snapshots of Miss May Josephine Bennett, winner of The Call's beauty contest, and some of the men who paid ardent court to her in  Hawaii and on the trip to the islands.
Three of the pictures were taken on the beach at Waikiki near Honolulu:
3— Miss Bennett and Duke Kahanamoku, the world's champion swimmer, seated on a canoe.

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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, January 18, 1913, Image 5
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Friday 7 February 1919,
page 5.


The members of the Freshwater Surf
and Life Saving Club met with great success at the recent carnivals at Manly and Freshwater.
Their performances
were:— Manly carnival (25/l/19): Won march past of all clubs, surf-boat race, heat alarm reel race, and finished third in final (senior), second surf relay race, third ladies' surf race, won surf-board display.

Freshwater carnival (27/l/19): Won surf-boat race, heat resuscitation competition, reel-winding contest (T. Thuring v. H. Harrington), ladies' surf race (Miss I. Farley), heat alarm reel race (M. Ryan), third in pillow fight, third in 100yds sprint (H. Harrington), and won fancy dress parade (Yankee Doodle costumes).

1919 'WHAT LOCAL SWIMMERS ARE DOING.', Arrow (Sydney, NSW : 1916 - 1933), 7 February, p. 5, viewed 8 September, 2013,

The Seattle Star.
Washinton, March 4, 1919, page 11.

Lonnie Austin.

Seattle's dimpled chinned fight promoter, learned to ride a surf board in Honolulu in
seven days, when he made a trip to the pineapple realm in 1914.
Lonnie thinks it is some feat.

"Surf riding sure is great stuff," testified Lonnie.
"I thought my first tide was going to end in a watery grave, but it was great sport after I got the hang of it."
Lonnie is also an inventor.
He invented some sort of a contraption which holds a punching bag to the board but his explanation went to winds, as we are not of an inventive mind.

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The Seattle star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, March 04, 1919, Image 11

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The Bridgeport Times and Evening Farmer.
Connecticut, March 26, 1919, page 13.

When a ni.. dmi's a thine there is
no need for r.-.v. iup it.
Therefore we need not prcv That P.rrt 1yteH can play the ukelele.
Tho young- Metro star admits i:. ar.d th:t sttH-s it. Ho
says he learned how to strum the quaint Hawaiian national instrument while visiting Honolulu a few seasons back with a theatrical organization as leading man.
He also trod the beach
at Waikiki, inhaled the fumes of boiling lava on Mauna Toa, and became proficient as a surf-board rider.
As a member of the Metro film colony in Hollywood. Bert occasionally drags out his "uke" and rehearses his repertoire of Hawaiian melodies just to keep in practice.
J-ytell, however, is not the only Hawaiian in the Metro colony.
There is
Jack Mower, leading man for May Allison in "The Island of Intrigue."
He was born In Honolulu and can pick the steel guitar to Bert's "uke," all of which, is very diverting.

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The Bridgeport times and evening farmer. (Bridgeport, Conn.) 1918-1924, March 26, 1919, Image 13

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The Sun
New York, June 15, 1919, Section 4, page 39.

Activities at the Seabright Beach Club are well under way.
Not in the history of the club has the membership been so large.
The diversions are centred about the pool and along the high water mark, where the club members and their guests enjoy tho sport or riding the huge billows to the high beach on home made surf boards.

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The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, June 15, 1919, Section 4, Image 39
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The Sun
New York, July 20, 1919, page 11.

The Summer Splash

Swimming and bathing suits and Balsa-wood surf boards patterned and painted to represent fish, illustrated at top of column.
Lighter than cork and sustaining the weight of three persons in the water.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co-
Ezra H. Fitch, President.
Madison Avenue and 45th St.
New York.

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The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, July 20, 1919, Image 11
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The Catholic Press
Sydney, Thursday 31 July 1919, page 4.

L.W.: Surf-shooting on boards was first
introduced to Australia by the Hawaiian swimmer, 'Duke' Kahanamoku, who visit
ed these shores some years ago, and carried everything before him in the swimming world.
The home of this sport is Honolulu, where the natives are wonderfully expert at it, and provide unlimited entertainment and amusement for the visitors from the other parts of the world.
The famous 'Duke' gave his first Australian exhibition of board surf-shooting at Freshwater, Manly, during the progress of a carnival.
There was rather a heavy sea rolling in from the north-east at the time, and the 'Duke' swam out with his board for about 200 yards.
He waited till an extra
heavy breaker came along; then he nimbly hopped on to the board and; standing erect,with arms folded, was carried with lightning rapidity shore wards.
The wave landed him high and dry.
Since then this form of
pastime has become very popular on the beaches; but no one has ever been seen to exhibit anything even remotely resembling Kahanamoku 's brand of skill.
dusky athlete could shoot the breakers while standing on his head, or carrying another man on his shoulders, and also performed, many other tricks.

(2) It is difficult to say who was the first man to shoot the breakers without aboard in Australia; but the popular belief is that the honour belongs to an Australian aboriginal, who, one day several years ago,was observed indulging in this, until then unknown, but exhilarating, pastime at Manly.


1919 'Anti-Catholic Books.', The Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), 31 July, p. 4. , viewed 22 Apr 2016,

The Sun.
New York, August 20, 1919, 2, page 12

Famous Beach at Waikiki the Rendezvous of Natives and Tourists.

Imagine yourself uncertainly posed on a narrow but heavy strip of board, and tilted on the crest of a billow and leaping shoreward with all the bullet like speed which Pacific Ocean waves are capable of developing, and you have an idea then of the exhilarating sport of surf board riding, which is one of the most popular amusements every month of the year "On the Beach at Waikiki" at Honolulu.
In the old days of Hawaii, when Capt.Cook of the Royal Navy discovered the islands, about the time the American Revolution was in Progress, surf board riding in Hawaiian waters was as common as automobile driving to-day.
It was the sport not only of kings, but also the people, for men, women and children owned their own surf boards, marking them with their own family escutcheon and amusing themselves in the early mornings and in the late afternoons, or when the family dinner table did not require the use of nets and spears to procure fish supplies.
So great became their proficiency in the art of surf board riding that this sport became a source of racing competition, and on gala days when the kings or chiefs presided vast fleets of surf board riders would swim out to the breakers and race in together, the trophies being numerous and valuable from the standpoint of the ornaments made in that day.

The outrigger canoe, at first used for fishing and for communication between the Islands, which, when in pairs double decked over and used for the transportation of warrior armies, also became a source of racing amusement.
To-day the outrigger canoes are few, and aside from a small number used by the Hawaiians for fishing purposes, the majority are to be found "On the Beach at Waikiki, where brown skinned paddlers entertain tourists in racing.
The Beach at Waikiki has become famous for surf board and outrigger canoe riding, while it is also the place where world champion swimmers have developed, conspicuous among these being Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian who still retains the title of the fastest swimmer in the world.
Kahanamoku and members of the Hui Nalu Club are to be seen almost any afternoon in the waters of Waikiki Beach practising and amusing themselves and developing new natorial into racing models.
The splendid feature of the famous Waikiki Beach is that the daily average temperature of the water from January to December is 76 degrees, so that swimming, surf riding and, canoeing are daily amusements.
At Waikiki Beach are also the fashionable hostelries of Honolulu, the rendezvous of army and navy folk, all numbering, ameers and men, nearly 30,000 ; and the crowds of tourists who now make Honolulu their summer and winter objective.
It is also "On the Beach at Waikiki that many of the features of the great pageant spectacle of the Mid-Pacific Carnival are staged every February, and where next year, in celebration of Washington's birthday, the greatest all-Pn
cine spectacle will be presented.

Natives and tourists riding surf boards at the beach of Waikiki.

This is the favorite sport of the Hawaiian.

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The sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, August 20, 1919, 2, Image 12
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The World's News
Sydney, 30 August 1919, page 1.

Here is a new thriller for the sea-shore.
In America, at any rate, amusement caterers are planning to lay out a course the use of which will call for rare skill. It is nothing else, practically, than an outgrowth of the water chute and the surfboard, a vehicle which gives a thrill of the one and demands the skill of the other.
In this new summer sport the trick
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is to descend a foot chute on specially constructed water skies, make a leap, and strike the water uprightly. and, still retaining one's balance, glide over the surface to the landing.

Like winter skiing, it will require weeks of practice for the novice to keep standing both while on the slide and after landing on the water, following his leap from the end of the chute.
Great speed would be attained as the water ski rider rushes down the smooth chute, which is to be kept slippery by running water.
In descending the chute, the ski rider would crouch low. inclined slightly forward. to keep upright, and as he or she struck the end of the chute, the body would he straightened for the leap into space.
This would prove to be the trying part of the experience, because upon how the "take-off" was made would depend the ability to stand as the water was hit.
If the landing was not square and flat on the skis there would l»e an abrupt upsetting.

Due to the speed with which the water was hit, the ski-rider would probably glide sometimes a distance of a hundred yards, literally skimming the surface.

The artist at this sport should be able to turn a flip in the air and finish with a dive in the water, or might be able to accomplish a complete somersault and strike the water skis first.

Perhaps there is no sport requiring more daring and skill than this, nor any which can offer so fascinating an exhibition- yet it must be singularly free from danger, other than ridiculous duckings, and, at worst, perhaps, a twisted ankle.

As yet no sporting goods manufacturer is turning out water skis, and those de siring to try the game must resort to home made skis, or, at best, use those turned out by the local cabinet-maker.

These skis, or water skates, as they may very properly be called, can be made of light woods.
Water skis should be constructed about half as long and perhaps three times as wide as snow skis-offering, apparently, a compromise between a snow shoe and an ice ski.

The ski rider's feet are fitted into strap of leather, from which they are easily extracated in case of a "spill."

These skis could also be used for surf riding behind fast motor-boat, and this would call for even more skill and strength than does the ordinary water sled or surfboard.

1919 'A NOVEL WATER SPORT.', The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955), 30 August, p. 1. , viewed 02 Jun 2019,

The Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday 28 October 1919, page 8.


On November 8 and 16 the New South Wales Surf-bathing Association, the Manly Life Saving Club, and the Manly Swimming Club will control a series of events in connection with the Victory Carnival.
They will include an alarm reel race, a surfboat race, a surf-board display, and a surf race, which will be open to members of any club affiliated to the New South Wales Surf-bathing Association.

The principal attraction on the harbour side wall be an exhibition of aquaplaning behind motor speed launches.
The other events, which are restricted to members of the Manly Swimming Club, include high diving displays and noyelty events.
It has been decided to have a netted area for the swimming races, which will contain a 60yds course.
Big prizes will be given, including an order tor 6 guineas for the champion surfboat crew.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 8 November 1919, page 14.


Several beach and surf events will be hold in connection with the Manly Victory Venetian Carnival this afternoon.

Large entries have been received from all the life-saving clubs for the surfboat race, surf board display, surf race, and alarm reel race.
There will be a special boat service for those travelling from and to the city.

Tonopah Daily Bonanza
Nevada, November 22, 1919, page 1

(Correspondence of Associated Press)
HONOLULU. T. H., Oct. 21. By  Mail.-
Honolulu had an opportunity to see Admiral Viscount Jellicoe in action during the British naval chiefs recent visit to the islands aboard H.M.S. New Zealand.
However, it was not on his own quarter deck that the wartime "ruler of the king's navee" appeared as a conqueror of the waves, but on the precarious foothold offered by a surf board at Waikiki beach.
The hero of Jutland successfully negotiated the plunging South Sea surf standing up on his board.

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Tonopah daily bonanza. (Tonopah, Nev.) 1906-1929, November 22, 1919, Image 1

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Evening Capital News
Boise, Idaho, November 23, 1919, page 13.

lt is at Waikiki beach where the tourist must stop for a refreshing dip in the brine; it matters not the month or the day- Waikiki is ever in a pleasant mood for the bather.
(The name is pronounced as if it were spelled wy kre-kee, with accent on the last syllable.)
Here it is one sees the world famous surf riders who, going far out to sea catch the incoming wave and tossing their surf board onto it they nde triumphantly to shore, sometimes standing on foot, sometimes on their heads.
The board is probably twelve or more inches in width and has a length of from six to ten or more feet.
Surf-riding was the national sport so long as the Hawaiians remained a nation; they are still as devoted to it as at any former time in their history.
Experts among them do tricks to attempt which in pattern would be to suicide in any other person.

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Evening capital news. (Boise, Idaho) 1901-1927, November 23, 1919, Image 13

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Arizona Republican
Phoenix, December 1, 1919, page 8.

[Photograph right]

Four-year-old youth ready to play the breakers with his new surf board.

"Aw, gee! What'd I give to have fish like that!
Eyes n' everything!"

It's safe to wager that if one "sea urchin' yearned after that fashion, at least a score of his comrades did same when they saw this 4-year-old with his new surf board, playing in the breakers.
It's real name is ''surf sport," and it is made of the lightest wood in
tho world, called "Baka," (sic, balsa?) which is lighter than cork.
It is so light that this youngster carries it to and from the beach easily.
The sport performs "sea double duty, riding the breakers and at at the same time acting as a life preserver.

But what really pulls the heart strings of the boys is its fishiness.
Decorated after camouflage fashion, it appears as a giant fish of bright fins and scales and "goggle" eyes.

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Arizona republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1890-1930, December 01, 1919, Image 8

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Reprinted a week later in
The Corpus Christi caller. (Corpus Christi, Tex.) 1918-1987, December 07, 1919, Image 2
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Also note a later account in the East Oregonian, Pendleton, July 26, 1920, page 2.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 8 December 1919, page 8.

North Steyne Surfbathers' Lifesaving Club held its annual carnival at Manly on Saturday.
The first of four contests for the Cecil Healy Memorial Shield was the principal event, and the competítion was keen in the senior alarm reel race, Harold Hardwick and Harry Hay (beltmen) provided a close and exciting finish, Hardwick just winning.

Cecil Healy Memorial Shield, Surf Point Score Competition -  Manly Life saving Club: H. M. Hay, N. C. Smith, S. C. Wright, M. C. Crackanthorp, 1; Cronulla: R. Bowden, H. J. Congdon, F. Maguire, F. Sandon, 2; Bondi : H. Fletcher, W. Douglass, E. Clark, R. Stewart, 3.
Life Line Rescue -  Manly B team, 1; North Steyne and Cronulla, tie, 2.
Sack Race - L. Maguire (Cronulla), 1; P Schaffer (Bondi), 2; L. Quinn (Collaroy), 3.
Senior Alarm Reel Race (teams of five) - Manly A, 1; Manly B, 2.
Surf Board Display -  C. West (Manly), 1; S. Dowling (Manly), 2.
Beach Flag Relay Race - Coogee A, 1.
Wheelbarrow Race - E. Wigney and A. Hilder (North Steyne), 1; J. Dempster and C. Cunningham (Dee-why), 2.
Junior Alarm Reel Race -  North Steyne, 1; Manly C, 2; Manly A, 3.
Surf Boat Race (crews of five) - Freshwater A (R. Matheson, captain, H. Lasson, D. Matheson, S. Barker, and A. Colter).
Surf Race - E. O. Watson, 1; R. E. Brown, 2.
Tug-of war - Collaroy, 1; Manly, 2.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 8 December 1919, page 8.


North Steyne Surfbathers Lifesaving Club held its annual carnival at Manly on Saturday.
The first of four contests for the Cecil Healy Memorial Shield was the principal event, and the
competion was keen.
In the senior alarm reel race, Harold Hardwick and Harry Hay (beltmen) provided a close and exciting finish, Hardwick just winning.
Cecil Healy Memorial Shield, Surf Point Score Competition
- Manly Lifesaving Club H. M. Hay, N. C. Smith, S. O. Wright, M. O. Crackanthorp, 1,
Cronulla R. Bowden, H.R. Congdon, F. Maguire, F. Sandon 2
Bondi H. Fletcher, W. Douglas, E. Clark, R. Stewart, 3
Life Line Rescue: Manly B team, 1, North Steyne and Cronulla, tie, 2.
Sack Race: L. Maguire (Cronulla), 1, P. Schaffer (Bondi), 2, L. Quinn (Collaroy), 3.
Senior Alarm Reel Race (teams of five): Manly A, 1, Manly B, 2.
Surf Board Display: C. West (Manly); 1, S. Dowling (Manly), 2.
Beach Flag Relay Race: Coogee A, 1.
Wheelbarrow Race: E. Wigney and A. Hilder (North Steyne), 1, J. Dempster and O. Cunningham (Dee- why), 2.
Junior Alarm Reel Race: North Steyne, 1, Manly C, 2. Manly A, 3,
Surf Boat Race (crews of five): Freshwater A (R. Matheson, captain, H. Lassoo, D. Matheson, S. Barker, and A. Colter).
Surf Race: E. O. Watson, 1, R. E. Brown, 2
Tug-of war: Collaroy 1, Manly, 2.

Sunday Times
Sydney, Sunday 7 December 1919, page 8.

Cecil Healy Memorial- Contest at North Steyne

Yesterday was, the day of. the brown men and while hoites at the North Steyne Life Saving Club's annual surf carnival at Manly.
Mellow sunshine, a large and keenly interested
audience, with just sufficient roll in the loam topped breakers to call for the best efforts of the competitors, made the display one of the most successful held. '-,-??'
The .principal, event was the contest for the.
first of a series of  races for the Cecil Heal. Memorial Surf Shield, because it records affectionate remembrance in the minds o[ all surf clubs ofouc who. was regarded. as the doyen of life-savers.
The late Lieut. Healy, who was
captain for several years of the Manly Club, was killed in action in France last year.
The final of the Senior Alarm Keel Race prov
ided an exciting finish between Harold Hardwick and Harry Hay, beltman of the Manly A and B teams, respectively.
Hardwlck, who has
just returned from active service, won alter a great race by about a yard.
The performances of Manly and North Steyne
were the best of the carnival.
The former secured
first, second, third, and fifth positions In the first heat of the Cecil Healy Memorial Surf Shield.
Altogether there wore 28 starters in the event.

Results:— March Past : Cronulla L.S.C., 1 ;
Coogee L.S.C. and Collaroy S. and L.S.O., dead heat, i.
Cecil Healy Memorial Surf Shield point
score) Competition, Itat event of the T5S-20 Competition— Surf Teams' Hacc (four reps, per club): Manlv L.S.C. (Harry JIa}-,N. O. Smith, S. O. Wrigli't, M. U. Crakanthorp), 1 ; Oronulla L.S.C., 2 ; Bondi L.S.C, 3. Wheelbarrow Race : Kirrt heat, Jforth Steyne, 1 ; second heat, Oronulla, 1 j third heat, Bondi, 1 ; fourth heat, Collaroy, ; 1 ; llfth -heat, Dcewhy, 1. Final : North Steyno (E. Wigncy, A. dlilder), 1 : Deo Why (J. l)em|iiter, C. Cunningiiain), 2.
 Junior Alarm Reel Race (members of affiliated
clubs uinder, 18): -
First heat, J-orth Steyne (Jielt
liian,' It; iKvniis) 1. Manly B (K^ . Watson) 2; second heat; Manly A (P. W. Nicolle) 1, Colla rov (A. 'Lee)' 2; third Jitat, ilanly C (A. Mor ton) 1 (Bondi '.were disqualiUcd) : final, North fitovnc (Evans, CaililoM, Hunting, Ellison, Thom son) 1,: Manly C 2,, -Manly A 3. Idle-line Rescue (omitting. resuscitation) : Manly li (Reiu, West, Wilkins, -Dowling,. Shcad, Nitollc), 1 ; North Stcvhe. 2 ; Croniilla, 3.
Sackrace o : !-. ilaguire
(Cronulla). 1 ; P. Shaffer, f Bondi), 2 ; L. Quinn (Collaroy),: 8.
Flag Beach Relay Race : First
Heat, Coogee A, I ; Drowhy A, 2 ; Dccnhy B, 3. Final. Coogce, 1; Dcewhy A, 2.
1 Race : Freshwater A, 1.
board Display : C.
West (Manly), 1 ; S. Dowling (Manly), 2.
tipede Race : Final North Bondi, 1 j Deewby, ?1.
Surf Raco (numbers afDliatcd clirba) : K. O.
WatMii (Manly), ' 1 i H. B. Brown (North Stovnc), 'J. Senior Alarm Reel Race : First hciit, Manlv \, I ; second heat, Manly B, 2 ; final, Manly A (beltman, Harold Hardwick), I ; Manly B (Harry Hay), 2.' Tug-o'-War : Collaroy, 1: Manly.''-:.''. ?

1919 'BROWN MEN AND WHITE HORSES.', Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 7 December, p. 8, viewed 8 September, 2013,

Sunday Times
Sydney, 21 December 1919, page 23.



1919 'Surfing is the BEST of ALL HOLIDAY PASTIMES', Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 21 December, p. 23. , viewed 18 Apr 2016,

Reprinted in the Capricornian
Rockhampton, Queensland, Saturday 3 January 1920, page 36.

The Sun
Sydney, Sunday 28 December 1919, page 11.


Among the dozen or so Sydney girls who have become expert in the use of the surf-board one of the most skilful and graceful is Miss Helen Andrews, of Roscoe-street, Bondi, and her dexterity is all the more remarkable from the fact that, unlike the others, she had no opportunity of studying the methods of the Hawaiian' swimmer Kahanamoku, who was the first to introduce the board seriously into this country.
When Kahanomoku visited Sydney Miss Andrews had never seen the surf.
She is a native of Adelaide, and came to Sydney only two years ago.
The trip was a holiday one, but her parents decided to make Sydney their home, taking up their residence in Bondi, Miss Andrews was always fond of the water.
She was one of the best swimmers in South Australia, and competed in tho women's championships In that State, though so far she has neglected speed work for surfing since her arrival in Sydney.

The surf appealed to her as soon as
she went to Bondi, and she showed a remarkable aptitude for mastering its vagaries.
While it takes the average young athletic man two or three seasons to become a surf-shooter, Miss Andrews was able to match it with the best of the men before she had got well into her first summer.

Miss Helen Andrews, of Bondi, on the surf board.
Inert appear a close up of Miss Andrews and a
photograph of her carrying her board on the beach.
Then she looked for bigger game, and studied the methods of Foran, Bondi's crack on the board, and bought one for her
In a few weeks, she was able to use the board as well as any woman on  the beach.
To-day she can do nearly everything the best of the male surfers can do, and with almost equal certainty.
She possesses remarkable judgment in timing a wave, knows precisely whether it will carry the board or not, and once started can sweep in sitting, kneeling, standing, or lying down.

Her star turn consists of getting a
good start crouched and then standing on her head!

During the war Miss Andrews de
voted much of her time to war work.
She was originally connected with the Australian-American War Workers' Cafe, and at present is assisting the Voluntary Workers' Cafe in Pitt-street.

Her younger brother, Terry (a
boy of about 15), is also an enthusiast on the surf -board
He is the proud possessor of a board of his own, and is probably the smartest youngster of his age in Australia in its manipulation.

1919 'ON THE SURF BOARD', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 28 December, p. 11. , viewed 18 Apr 2016,


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