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Newspapers : 1953.


The Central Queensland Herald
Rockhampton,  1 January 1953, page 22.


MELBOURNE, December 25.
"I felt the rough skin like sandpaper brush across my chest and then the dorsal fin.
Then I heard a scream from the rocks, "look out, shark."
This was Bernard Bade's description of a three-minute clash today with a 9 ft shark at Portsea Beach, near Melbourne.
Bade, 26, of Alphlngton, an outer suburb, escaped unhurt after the shark made four savage attacks.
He Is a member of Portsea Surf Life Saving Club.
Today he took out a new surf board nearly 300 yards from the beach for a trial run.
He got in almost 200 yards before being tipped off the board.
Bade said, "I started to swim back to the board about five  yards away wheh I heard warning shouts.
Then the shark hit me.
It brushed under my chest and almost threw me onto the board.
Every time I tipped over trying to get on the board the shark made another rush at me.
Finally I made it.
I just lay on the board and got to the beach as fast as I could."

1953 'CLASH WITH SHARK', The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1930 - 1956), 1 January, p. 22. , viewed 27 Jul 2016,

The Australian Women's Weekly
7 January 1953, page 7

Holidays at PALM BEACH

Sun-tanned Mr. and Mr». Ken Murrell, of Northwood, are among the keenest surfers at Palm Beach.
Ken is a member of Palm Beach Surf Life-Saving Club.


1953 'Holidays at PALM BEACH', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 7 January, p. 7. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
10 January 1953, page 12.

Quality waterproof Plywood available all marine constructions
Surfboards Skis Dinghies etc
Standard sizes in thicknesses up to 1 in.
Larger sheets available to suit your requirements
Insist of Proofwood as manufactured by Proofwood Limited
Morton Street Parramatta UW7457

1953 'Advertising', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 10 January, p. 12. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The Argus
Melbourne,16 January 1953, page 4.

You're in the money if you're in a circle

At Ocean Grove, on
the long, golden beach, facing the southern rollers, "The Argus" camera-man found these holiday people, and his camera sights put them in the money.
and another
£2 for the young lad with the glasses in the group of surfboard riders, above.

(Image cropped)

1953 'You're in the money if you're in a circle', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 16 January, p. 4. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate
16 January 1953, page 1.
Surf Rescue At Honolulu
HONOLULU. Jan. 15.
A.A.P. - Australian lifesavers are drawing crowds of spectators to Hawaiian beaches with their surfing ability.
Two members of the visiting team, Brian Whiting and Tom Jennings, were giving a demonstration yesterday when they saw a man in difficulties150 yards offshore at Moana Beach.
They immediately swarm to his aid and helped him to land.
He was an American seaman who became exhausted alter having lost his surfboard.

1953 'Surf Rescue At Honolulu', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 16 January, p. 1. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser
13 February 1953, page 1.

There is a possibility of a
team coming over to participate
in the Australian championships
to be held at Newport in March,
but, Mr. Parkyn said, it is
thought that the time is too
short for arrangements to be

Mr. Parkyn was' very impressed
with surf board riding of the
Hawaiians and also their 'broad-
siding' from one wave to an
other. They get extraordinary
long shoots and their body shoot
ing is also good.
Our tripper brought back with
him a variety of mementoes, and
a number of excellent 10 x 8
photographs of various incidents.

1953 'SURFER'S IMPRESSIONS ON HAWAIIAN TRIP', Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1922 - 1954), 13 February, p. 1. , viewed 04 Jan 2017,

Townsville Daily Bulletin
8 August 1953, page 3.

Mr. Allan Kennedy, a former Superintendent of Life Saving in Queensland and Victoria, and a member of the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia, have arrived in Britain to teach Australian methods to British teams.
He will open his "school" at Bude, Cornwall.
In one picture Mr. Kennedy demonstrates. his surf water-ski to Sir Thomas White, the High Commissioner, at Australia House, London.
The surf ski is widely used for rescue work off the Australian ocean beaches.
A cross between a flat surf board and a canoe, it is the fastest method used by a lifesaver for reaching a swimmer who gets into difficulties.

1953 'LIFE SAVING IN BRITAIN', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954), 8 August, p. 3. , viewed 30 Nov 2016,

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate
13 February 1953, page 14
Water Referee At Titles
By "Kuybee."

Allan Paterson; Superintendent of Newcastle branch of the Surf Lifesaving Association, will have a big job at the State surf championships at Caves Beach to-morrow.
He will be in charge of all water. events as water referee
Paterson, who became branch Superintendent for the first time this season, was first interested in swimming 30 years ago in the old Salty Creek Club at Young Wallsend.
At 18 he joined Swansea Belmont Club and was a member of the club's boat crews for some years.
He and another member owned the first surfboard to go to the area, and performed one of the first surfboard rescues carried out in the Newcastle district.
The rescue of a young woman was carried out in rough seas.
It was quite an effort on a board that took three men to carry it to the water's edge
Paterson joined the Newcastle Board of Examiners in1936, after having been chief instructor of the club for a number of years.
He rose in the board of examiners to deputy superintendent, a position he held for three years.
He is a life member of Swansea-Belmont Club, Newcastle branch, and the State Centre of the Surf Lifesaving Association.

1953 'Water Referee At Titles', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 13 February, p. 14. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

Brisbane Telegraph
20 February 1953, page 28.


First ski trailer to make its appearance in Brisbane belongs to Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club and will have its first outing this week-end when it takes the club's surf skis and surfboards to Mooloolaba for the North Coast Branch championships.
The wheels and front assembly were donated by a Kallangur resident after an appeal had been made through Old Bill's Column.


1953 'TRAILER FOR SKIS', Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954), 20 February, p. 28. (SECOND EDITION), viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
7 March 1953, page 13.

15ft built by SPORTS CRAFT
Lightweight and in excel cond.

1953 'Advertising', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 7 March, p. 13. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

Illawarra Daily Mercury
Wollongong, 30 March 1953, page 11.

Veteran 'Tossa' Green won the Towradgi Surf Club's surfboard championship yesterday.
He defeated Stan Moore in a rerun.
The heavy surf suited Green, who won convincingly.

1953 'GREEN WINS TOWRADGI BOARD TITLE', Illawarra Daily Mercury (Wollongong, NSW : 1950 - 1954), 30 March, p. 11. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate
18 April 1953, page 9.

SURFBOARD, 14ft. Racing Model, new condition. £10.

65 SmIth-st.. Merewether

1953 'Advertising', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 18 April, p. 9. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The West Australian
Perth, 25 April 1953, page 20.

Men Reach Ceylon On Novel Tour

COLOMBO, Friday.-
Three young Australians, who are spear fishing their way around the world, have arrived in Ceylon, where they plan to spend a month.

They are Messrs. Bruce Laird (28), a stevedore, and the New South Wales heavyweight boxing champion, Scott Dillon (24), travelling salesman and the amateur bantamweight boxing champion, and Barry McGuigan (28), a butcher, who is an expert surfboard rider.
The trio expect to take four years over their trip, which will include England and Canada.

1953 'Men Reach Ceylon On Novel Tour', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 25 April, p. 20. , viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The Courier-Mail
Brisbane, 3 October 1953, page 2.
Ian Gall and Dick Falconer re-discover a gem of the South Coast.
Claim longest surf ski runs

To-day South Coast and Northern New South Wales lifesavers make it their winter headquarters, where up to 30 of them at a time can be seen shooting the big south-east rollers on their surf boards and skis.

They will back the bay's ski and board runs - sometimes up to almost three-quarters of a mile in length - against any beach in Australia.

1953 'RAINBOW BAY ', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), 3 October, p. 2. , viewed 30 Nov 2016,

The Sun
Sydney, 16 October 1953, page 17.

When you duck smartly under a wave to avoid a masterless, careering surfboard, the chap you have to thank for the thrill is really Duke Kahanamoku.
The Hawaiian swimmer brought the idea here early this century, made the first board in Australia, a solid sugar pine job, and gave the first demonstration of surfboard riding in high seas at Freshwater
That original board, an 8ft solid job of sugar pine, was presented last week to the Freshwater Life Saving Club by veteran surfer Claude West, who got it from the Duke and on it was undefeated surfboard champion from 1915 to 1924.
Claude used the board until last year.

1953 'ARTHUR POLKINGHORNE'S', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 16 October, p. 17. (LATE FINAL EXTRA), viewed 30 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
2 November 1953, page 5.


Lorraine Ballard, 17, and John Robson, 18, both of Bondi,
were ready for the surf with boards at Bondi Beach yesterday.

1953 'NEWS PICTURES OF LOCAL EVENTS', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 2 November, p. 5. , viewed 30 Nov 2016,


The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 2 November 1953, page 9.

Handicap four-a-slde relay race: M. Riddington, H. Young, C. Rayner, P. Barry, 1: Ct. Morton, D. Keogh, R, Nisbet, J. Mitchell, 2; K. Jones, L. Crum, R. Clissold, T. Begg, 3.
Handicap surfboard race: W. Melville, 1; L. Wheaton, 2; G. Hughes. 3.

Handicap surf race: D. Jenkin, 1; V. Riley, 2; H. Parkes, 3.

Handicap surf race: D. Marrott, 1; T. Elwood, 2; H. Bingham. 3.
Surfboard race: D. Marrot, 1; G. Ferris, 2; B. Marrot, 3.
Ski race: G. Van Dyke, 1; G. Ferris, 2; R. Muller, 3.
Beach sprint: B. Henry, 1; J. Shand, 2; R. Buist, 3.
Musical flags: B. Ferguson. 1; B. Henry, 2; R. Buist, 3.

Surf race:
RV?A"U l! s- Du(T' 2¡ N- Fisher, 3. I

A Grade Surf Race: K. Wilkie, 1; B. Parsons, 2.
B Grade Surf Race: K. Burgess, 1; G. Williams, 2.
Board Race: P. Rowlands, 1; A. Woods, 2.
Surf Ski Race: K. Howell deadheated with B. Ashcroft, 1; P. Coles, 3.

Beach Sprint: F. Grover, 1; T. Corbett. 2; D. Stewart, 3.
Beach Relay: G. Smith's ' team, 1; D. Harrison, 2; R. Allen, 3.
Surf Relay: B. Brown, J. Whiteman, 1; B. Waters, J. Schull, 2; D. Stewart, T. Corbett, 3.

Surf Race: C. Kli- nt nstcr. 1; K. J'ennlngton, 2; E. Niall, 3.
Beach Sprint: K. Locket, I: K. Carley. 2; H. Mossman, 3;
Surf Board: J. Anderson, I; B. Chcnhall, 2; R. Firkin. 3.

Handicap Surf Race: A: A. Cooke, 1; J. Fisher, 2; J. Robson, 3.
B: R. Woods, 1; R. Andrews, 2; R. Proudfoot, 3.
Cadet Surf Race: E. Ashenden, 1; L. Hutchings, 2; R. Cooke. 3.

Hep. Surf Race, Senior: B. Regan, 1; K. Manton, 2; V. Bllbow, 3.
Junior: W. Eady, 1; R. Laws, 2; B. Henderson, 3.
Cadet: B. Storey, 1; W. Salmon, 2; B. Banister, 3.
Hep. Board Race: H. Regan, 1; N. Stenhouse, 2; S. Jordan, 3.
Round the Island Ski Race: J. Yates, 1; M. Bourke, 2; R. Barton, 3.

Surf Race: B. Parker, 1; J. Bain, 2; A. Dawes, 3.
Ski Race: D. Howe, 1; P. Howe, 2; D. Lyall, 3.
Board Race: K. Monro, 1; T. Parker. 2; I. Rolle, 3.

Surf Race, A grade: Richard Twight, 1; T. Farrer, 2; N. Twight, 3.
B grade: J. Howland, 1; D. Woods, 2; D. Boyle, 3.
Cadet: B. West, 1; Roger Twight, 2; K. Lloyd, 3.

Warriewood Beach-
Handicap surf race: J. Eyers, 1; G. Atherton, 2; G. Gardner. 3.

South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus
12 November 1953, page 40.
(by Charlie Richardson)

A noticeable absentee
from Towradgi Beach during the past few weeks has Branch surf board champion, 'Tosser' Green, ,
Old man 'flu' has caught
up with this wizard of the board and his club expresses the hope that they will see the evergreen "Tosser" paddling with the boys and annex another Championship this season.
While on the question of
boards, it is the opinion of many ardent surfers that the Towradgi club would be the largest board and ski club outside the metropolitan area.

1953 'SURFING NEWSREEL', South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus (NSW : 1900 - 1954), 12 November, p. 40. , viewed 30 Nov 2016,

The Sun-Herald
Sydney, 15 November 1953, page 34.


JUNIOR surf board is only 3ft 6in long and is made of specially selected water proof Queensland pine with an oregon rib for balance.
The inflatable turtle is made of rubber, and the rubber-flippers ate small size ones for children.

1953 'STORAGE FOR TOYS', The Sun-Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1953 - 1954), 15 November, p. 34. , viewed 30 Nov 2016,


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