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Newspapers : 1954.



Sydney, 10 January 1954, page 34.


Smashed boats, injured competitors and a shark alarm highlighted an action-packed surf carnival at North Steyne yesterday.
The largest crowd this season stood amazed as boats and crews were picked up like corks by 20-foot dumpers and lashed by the
biggest seas for some years.
Cronulla's surfboat, valued at 400, was smashed to pieces when hit by a mighty dumper in the second heat of the senior boat race for A crews.
The crew was returning from the buoy when the sea monster gathered momentum, engulfed the boat, and threw the crew into
the swell.
'Spud' Murphy, bow in the Cronulla boat, suffered a badly gashed left leg and was taken to hospital for stitching of his wound.
Remains of the boat, only the shell, was brought to the beach by a surf line and declared a total loss.
Boat referee Tony Purcell said it was the worst damage he had seen encountered by a boat during his 20 years* association with the surf.
Earlier in the day another dumper smashed four planks from South Curl Curl's No. 1 boat.
South Curl Curl were rowing from their own beach to compete at the carnival when dumped.
W. Sweeney (sweep) and Ron Ryan (bow) also were injured when Coogee's boat went down in the same race.
Sweeney (hit in groin) and Ryan (braised ribs), were allowed to leave after treatment.
In the fourth heat Stan McCabe had a narrow escape from serious injury when the Clovelly boat was pounded and swamped.

In rowlocks

McCabe's Jacket was caught in the rowlock, and he twisted and rolled with the boat in the dumpers before being released.
He was treated for lacerations to the stomach and arms.
In the same mishap, John Baldwin {second stroke) and Max Jones (stroke) suffered cut foreheads.
The single ski event was declared no race after a shark alarm had brought riders scurrying back to the beach.
Only two of the seven starters were able to beat the big waves late in the re-run, W. Brown and J. Goodier, both of Maroubra.
Earlier, star Barry Lumsdaine noticed a shark near the buoys during the open surf race and shouted to other competitors, who raced for the shore.
When the judge in the boat, Tom Wheeler signalled that the shark had moved on, Brian Hutchings (Bondi) won the race, followed by Alan Johnston (North Bondi) and B. Hancock (North Narrabeen) .
Hutchings had swum 200 yards south of the carnival area to miss the rip, which was breaking across the reef.
It was Hutchings' fourth open surf race win this season.

Rowed 2 miles

The judge In the boat and his crew had to row two miles further on to Shelley Beach after the carnival so as to reach shore safely.
Only three of the 15 boats contesting the senior boat race (A crews) were able to finish the course.
They were South Curl Curl, Bronte and Mona Vale.
South Curl Curl won the final, Mona Vale being disqualified from third place for receiving assistance to cross the finishing line.
In the B crews final South Curl Curl were dumped by a back shoot on the way out.
Malabar won the race easily from North Cronulla and Bronte.
Australian champion Ross Hazelton took a pounding and finished near last in the surfboat race, which was won by Bill Wallace.

1954 'BOAT WRECKS, INJURIES IN SURF FIGHT WITH DUMPERS', Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954), 10 January, p. 34. , viewed 29 Dec 2016,

Launceston, Tasmania, 16 January 1954, page 27.

16ft. Surfboard

TWENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD Launceston compositor, Stan Bidewell, riding the surfboard he will use at the Penguin Surf Life-saving Club's carnival today.
Designed by himself, but built by Norm Casey, of the Bronte Surf Life-saving Club, Sydney, the board is 16ft. long and 19in. wide.
It is believed to be the longest surfboard in Tasmania.
Usual length of surfboards in this state is 14ft.
Before transferring to Launceston, Bidewell was a member of the North Cronulla Surf Life-saving Club.
He is 21. 6ft. 1i/zin., and weighs 13st.

He hopes to gain selection in the Tasmanian surf team to compete in the Victorian championships at Torquay on January 31.
Since last Jul y, Stan has been a member of the Low Head surf Life-saving Club.

1954 '16ft. Surfboard', Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), 16 January, p. 27. , viewed 15 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 16 January 1954, page 13.


SURFBOARD 16ft built by Wallace
one season. new condition 17
Phone FM4400
SURF BOARD 15ft new never used 25
28 King St Ashbury

The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 18 January 1954, page 1.

Surfmen's Mass Rescue Of 34 From Manly Rip

Using reels, surf skis and a surf boat, surf club members brought in 34 persons in a mass rescue at Manly yesterday morning.
Club members were lined up on the beach for the start of a surf race, when 34 were carried out in a rip.
Six beltmen immediately started swimming to the rescue.
The club lifeboat waiting at the buoys headed for the scene and picked up a load of swimmers.
These were taken ashore and then the boat returned for another load.
All were brought ashore safely.
Only one, Dawn Clarke, of Brisbane, needed artificial resuscitation.


Two other rescues were made at Manly during the morning.
After the mass rescue, surf club officials moved the swimmers well away from the channel, and no one else got into difficulties.
At SOUTH CURL CURL, a man was saved by the team-work of club members.
John Bolton was thrown from his surf board into the treacherous currents at the south end of the beach.
He attempted to swim back to shore but could make no head-way against the powerful rip.
At this moment, the surf-boat was swamped by a heavy sea and could not go to his rescue.
Bolton was rapidly becoming exhausted when club member Andrew Brown dived from the rocks and swam to his aid.


Another club member, A. Barnes, swam to the lost surf-board, and paddled it out to where Brown was supporting
Then Brown's brother, L. Brown, who received the Royal Humane Society's silver medal in 1947 for his part in rescuing the crew of the launch Billie, took another board out.
By this time another club member, Allan Nunney, was swimming to the scene with a line.
About 250 yards ot line had been paid out, when it suddenly tangled round the rocks.
Nunney slipped the belt and swam on without it.
He was the fifth man to cling to the two surfboards.
By this time, the surfboat was seaworthy again, and the crew rowed out and picked up the five.


At BRONTE, club members made six rescues during the day.
In addition there were two shark alarms.
The second was sounded about 3.15 while a surf race was in progress.
Four of the scratch men failed to hear the alarm and kept on swimming.
The surf boat crew chased them and hauled them into the boat.
COOGEE had four shark alarms during the day.
At SOUTH NARRABEEN, 11 rescues were made, including six together in the morning.
Patrol captain L. Barraclough brought in three of them.
MAROUBRA reported 30 minor rescues, mostly of poor swimmers, from comparatively shallow water.


QUEENSCLIFF reported six rescues in a particularly treacherous surf.
Surf club members at CRONULLA brought in 16 during the morning and another 23 in the afternoon.
One, Jack Petcher, of the Commonwealth Bank, Homebush, was unconscious when picked up.
Ashore he failed to respond to artificial resuscitation until Sutherland ambulance men had pumped oxygen into him for about 15 minutes.
He was admitted to St. George Hospital.
A mass rescue ot six people, in addition to 10 individual rescues, was made at LONG REEF beach.
The six were carried out when a sandbank collapsed under the heavy seas.
A total of 25 rescues were made at TAMARAMA beach during the day.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sunday 31 January 1954, page 30.

Manly Surf Carnival Marred By Seas

Treacherous seas forced the cancellation of two events and marred others at the Manly surf carnival yesterday.
Officials cancelled the cadet surf race and the junior rescue and resuscitation competition.
Boat races were the most affected by the seas.
There was not one in which a boat was not swamped.
One crew man, John Howland, of Collaroy, was taken to Manly Hospital with suspected concussion.
John Griffiths (Cronulla) sustained an injured leg and George Terry (North Steyne) hurt an ankle.

Broke Oars
In one boat event, Freshwater broke two oars and a sweep oar, while Collaroy also broke a sweep oar.
The fifth heat senior A boats brought interference into the senior R. and R.
Collaroy, which had swamped, drifted across the lines of three beltmen.
One club official said afterwards that all the lines were hopelessly tangled.
Freshwater beltman John Mills came in with his belt almost undone and ready to be cast off.
Freshwater won the R. and R.
North Curl Curl won the senior A Boat final after filling up twice.
It swamped first in its heat and later in the final.
Officials declared a dead heat for second between Maroubra and Malabar.
Each boat was outside the area with the crews trying to push them over the finishing line.
Queenscliff crew was forced to push its boat over the finishing line after it had swamped on the way back to beat North Bondi in the junior boat race.
Cronulla's Malcolm Smith won the junior surf race by almost two minutes.
Australian, New South Wales, and Maroubra surfboard champion, Ross Hazelton, Graham Nicholls (Queenscliff) and Serge Denman (Bronte) were disqualified after filling the places in the board event.

They were disqualified for paddling in the water before they were waist deep and not entering the water in front of them to take the shortest route to the buoy.
The event was awarded to D. Boyle (Collaroy).
North Narrabeen and North Bondi were disqualified in the beach relay, won by Manly.
North Narrabeen was disqualified for interference when a Maroubra runner had been injured in a collision after crowding in the third of the four runs.
North Bondi was disqualified for breaking.

March past; Maroubra and Freshwater (8 points), dead-heat, 1; North Cronulla (10.4). 3; North Bondi (13), 4.
Senior R. and R.: Freshwater (8 4), 1; Manly (13 9.2), 2; North Cronulla (18 6.3), 3.
Open surf race: J. Forrest (Manly), 1; B. Lumsdaine (Freshwater), 2; D. Marrott (Bronte), 3.
Junior surf race: M. Smith (Cronulla), 1; R. Filbee (Maroubra), 2; R. Brown (Cronulla), 3.
Novice surf race:- Heat 1: K. McLachlan (North Steyne), 1: N. Stenhouse (Cronulla), 2; T. Dalton (Deewhy), 3.
Heat 2: J. Jenkins (South Narrabeen), 1; K. Jarvis (Cronulla), 2; B. Walker (Bronte), 3.
Surf board race: D. Boyle (Collaroy), 1; O. Ramsey (Whale Beach), 2; A. Spenser (Cronulla), 3.
Beach sprint: J. Bliss (North Narrabeen), 1: P. Manning (Maroubra), 2; W. Squires (Maroubra), 3.
Beach relay: Manly, 1. (North Narrabeen was first over line but was disqualified after a protest from a Maroubra runner.)
Senior boat-A crews: North Curl Curl, 1; Maroubra and Malabar, dead-heat, 2.
B crews: South Curl Curl, 1.
Junior boat race: Queenscliff, 1; North Bondi, 2.
Double ski: W. Srown-D. Green (Maroubra), 1; W. Carrs-K. Elliott (Maroubra), 2; J. Leetham-J. Durrington (Maroubra), 3.

The Argus (Melbourne)
Monday 1 February 1954, page 19.

N.Z. surf team shows out.

Geelong, Sunday
New Zealand surf lifesaving team trounced southern Australian States at Torquay surf carnival today.
In a lifeless surf the New Zealanders built up an aggregate of nine, five points more than their nearest rivals, South Australia.
Victoria gained four points and Tasmania two.
In warm sunshine a crowd of about 15,000 saw the New Zealanders give classic displays in the junior and senior, surf and belt races.
Outstanding Kiwi junior Chris Billings (16) won the beach sprint from T. Byers (Torquay).
The New Zealanders will defend their challenge cup before the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the Australian surf championships at Bondi on February 6.
Tasmania today won its first interstate march-past title when it defeated 12 mainland teams.
The rescue and resuscitation cahmpion ship went to New Zealand, with South Australia second and Victoria third.
Torquay surfers were unbeatable in the ski and surf- board races with Vic. Tantau, Victorian champion for two years, clearly outclassing other contestants.
About 3,000 cars travelled to Torquay for the championships, and there was a big pile-up of traffic on the road to Geelong tonight.
The Sydney Morning Herald
4 February 1954, page 1.

Sydney's welcome began some 15 miles out to sea where the motor launch Ajax, from Jervis Bay, and a small unidentified sailing boat were sighted from the Royal yacht Gothic before the pilot ship, Captain Cook, joined her.
The Gothic, with her Australian naval escort, steamed slowly up the coast through scattered groups of small craft ranging from tiny rowing boats to cabin
Nine men even ventured three miles out on surf-boards and surf skis off Maroubra Beach.

1954 'SYDNEY CHEERS THE QUEEN', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 February, p. 1. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate
8 March 1954, page 1.


Lifesavers rescued 336 people from treacherous surfs at Sydney beaches yesterday.
At Newcastle beaches, surf club patrols rescued 13 swimmers carried out by strong rips in heavy seas.
Lifesaving officials believe the figure for Sydney is a record for surf rescues in one day on the area's beaches.
Large crowds went to beaches in both areas.
In Newcastle, at Dixon Park, two surf skis were smashed in halves by the
heavy seas.

[Photograph] R. Rose (left) and W. McIntosh salvaging Mcintosh's surf ski, smashed by heavy seas at Dixon Park yesterday.
McIntosh is Australian ski champion.
At Cronulla, three 8ft.sharks circled the surfboard of Harold Spurway when he was 300 yards out.
Spurway cautiously paddled his way to shore and gave the alarm.
The club surfboat was sent out, and chased the sharks from the surfing area.
Skis Smashed
W. Mcintosh, Australian surf ski champion, and J. Johnson, another member of Dixon Park Club, had their surf skis smashed in halves by the heavy seas.
Both were training on their skis when big waves pounded their skis on a sandbank.
The "surf dangerous" sign was erected at Dixon Park all day.

1954 '349 RESCUES FROM SEA IN 2 AREAS', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 8 March, p. 1. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Argus
Melbourne,15 March 1954, page 5.

NOTICE on a surfboard on the beach at Torquay at the weekend:
FOB SALE. One careful owner. Never raced.
Original condition. 5,000 genuine waves.

1954 'PETER GOLDING'S', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 15 March, p. 5. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Australian Women's Weekly
Wednesday 31 March 1954 , page 13.

Pioneer woman of the surf

First person in Australia ever to ride the modern type surfboard was Miss Isabel Latham, who received her lessons from the famous Hawaiian, Duke Kahanamoku, when he visited this country in 1915.

From her present home in Foam Street, Harbord, N.S.W., Miss Latham can glimpse the beach, then known as Fresh-water, where the Duke put her on his board and paddled out through huge seas.

"I was really frightened," she told us, "but the Duke took me by the scruff of the neck, stood me before him, and we took the shoot."

Thirty-nine years ago, when most young women wore cumbersome bathing suits and long black stockings into the breakers, Miss Latham dressed in a light, two-piece swimsuit, which she says "proved rather shocking to the more conservative."

The second person to learn from the Duke was well-known swimmer Claude West, later Australian surfboard champion from 1915 to 1925.

"He obtained Kahanamoku's board," said Miss Latham, "and I used to practise on it, though my father thought the sport dangerous, and wasn't at all pleased at my taking it up.
If he saw me out with the board, he was usually rather annoyed.
There would have been a deadlock over this but for the fact that I arranged for a lookout at the Freshwater Life Saving Clubhouse to ring the shark bell when father came in sight over the hill."

Miss Latham holds another record - being the first person to aquaplane upon Sydney Harbor.
She has now given up surfing, but Mr. West, a sinewy, grey-haired man, is still keen.
Each week-end he paddles his board from South Steyne to Harbord Beach.

1954 'Worth Reporting', The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), 31 March, p. 13. , viewed 31 Dec 2016, 

The West Australian
Perth, 19 May 1954, page 13.


A flourish of boomerangs and a farewell plunge in West Australian
surf yesterday ended a happy 27 months in Australia for Lieut.-Col. Jack Churchill, English land-air warfare expert and distant relative of the British Prime Minister.
Lieut-Col. Churchill, a parachutist and former commando leader with a price on his head, has toured Australia giving land-air warfare instruction, and helped to run classes at Williamtown, NS.W.
During his stay in Australia, he has added two more sporting skills to an already formidable list.
He has learnt to throw boomerangs and, as a member of Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club at Newcastle. became a veteran surfboard
The picture shows Lieut Col. Churchill coming out of the water at North Cottesloe (left) and throwing a boomerang on the Fremantle golf links.
Before his departure for home in the Orion rast night, he said at Fremantle that he was taking with him what would probably be come the first surf board in England.

1954 'A QUICK SWIM, A BOOMERANG THROW AND THEN FAREWELL OF AUSTRALIA', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 19 May, p. 13. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Argus
Melbourne, 16 June 1954, page 5.


These girls got their feet wet, too, and loved it.

But they were out in the Cornwall sun with surf-boards in the foaming waves.

1954 'TWO WAYS TO GET YOUR FEET WET!', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 16 June, p. 5. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Mercury
Hobart, 18 August 1954, page 10.


Barbara Martin, lovely 21-year-old Sydney model and beauty contest winner, is also a champion surfboard rider.
Here she comes ashore after riding in on a breaker at Bondi.

1954 'CREST OF THE WAVE', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 18 August, p. 10. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
Monday 30 August 1954, page 4.


Bronte lifesavers (left to right) Vic Callaghan, Bronte, George Hulbert, Belmore,
and Barry Hurt, Bronte, line up surfboards for overhauling and painting in
readiness for the swimming season.

1954 'SURFBOARD WORKING PARTY', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 30 August, p. 4. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday 25 August 1954, page 3.

Sydney Lifesavers On B.B.C, Television
From Our Staff Correspondent.

LONDON, Aug 24 -
Four million television viewers in Britain next Saturday and Sunday will see Australian lifesavers demonstrate the techniques of surfing and surf rescues.
An Australia House official, Mr Allan Kennedy, a former Queensland and northern New South Wales lifesaver, has organised a team of 10 Australian surfers to give the demonstration at the beach at Bude, Cornwall.
Six Sydney surfers are in the team which will demonstrate surfboard and skiing, rescue work, body shooting, and how to pick a "shoot" from a "dumper "
They are: Col Hendy (North Bondi), Heaton Walsh (Freshwater), Ted Renshaw and Barry Cribb (Coogee), Harry Huck (Bronte), and Keith Perry (Bilgola).
Other members of the team are Maz Mainbridge (Western Austialia), Johnny Stubbs and Ken Sutherland (Queensland) and Gordon Rose (South Australia).
Two Sydney gills, Elizabeth Robeits, of Palm Beach, and Joan Leslie, of Coogee, will also take part in the demonstration.

The Sydney Morning Herald
6 September 1954, page 5.


Three young surfboard riders, Kevin Elliott and Jacqueline Wady (left) and Richard Stockley, wait for a wave at Manly Beach.
They were practising for the surfboard championships in the coming season.

1954 'SURFBOARD RIDERS AT MANLY BEACH', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 September, p. 5. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

Sunday Mail
Brisbane, 26 September 1954, page 3.

LIFESAVERS Don Wood, left, and Keith Hamilton glide ashore through
creaming breakers aboard their surfboards at Kirra Beach yesterday.
A stiff north-east breeze, cool, choppy surf and a midday storm kept beaches nearly deserted.

1954 'HOMEWARD ON THE WILD WAVES', Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954), 26 September, p. 3. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Sydney Morning Herald
4 October 1954, page 8.
Australian Surf Title Plans
The Australian surf championships may be held at North Steyne next March.
Secretary of the Australian S.L.S.A., Mr. Ken Watson, announced this yesterday.
Mr. Watson said the association's national council may fix the date at its annual meeting in Adelaide on November 13.
He said three clubs applied for the Australian championships, but North Steyne would be recommended.
"The national council meeting will also consider a proposal s to hold an interstate carnival on the Sunday" after the Australian championships," Mr. Watson added.
"The interstate carnival would also be held at North Steyne."

Venue For 1956
Mr. Watson said there was a possibility the 1956 championships would be held in Victoria soon after the Olympic Games in November.
"Council at its annual meeting will consider this proposal, which will mean the Australian championships will have to be postponed eight months," he said.
"We also hope to stage an international surf carnival in conjunction with the Games.
"Invitations win be sent to South Africa, New Zealand, Ceylon, Honolulu and possibly England.
"Swimming events will be staged at one beach and the surfboard, ski and boat events at another.
"The Australian council. will pay the fares of all the competitors to Australia but they will have to pay their own fares home."

1954 'Australian Surf Title Plans', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 4 October, p. 8. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The Maritime Worker
Melbourne, 26 October
, page 8.
 A Sport with a Long With History - Swimming

When did the sport of swimming originate?
I imagine that for thousands of years, swimming has been a sport.
Early civilisations have handed down many references to swimming; Assyrian bas-reliefs of nearly a thousand years before the birth of Christ (1000 B.C.) depict swimming figures.
IT is fairly certain that the military necessities of moving warriors across rivers and streams gave rise to wide-scale swimming instruction.
Some of the figures are shown swimming with the aid of inflated animal skins or bladders.
The dog paddle and side movements were the strokes used.

In Classics

The classics of Greece and Rome, Scandinavian sagas, early English literature record outstanding swimming records, the most notable being that of Leander, who swam the Hellespont in 193 AD..
In 1875 Matthew Webb, an Englishman startled and thrilled the world by swimming the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes, using the breast-stroke.
Up to now, the strokes chiefly used were the breast, side and single over-arm.
(The single overarm was an adaptation of the side-stroke, in which the uppermost arm recovered over the water).
This was then the speediest stroke.
However, a boat this time a man named Trudgen introduced into England a stroke whereby both arms recovered over the water.
For many years the "TRUD-GEN" stroke reigned as the fastest stroke.

South Sea

During the latter half of the last century, with its developing world trade, mariners brought back tales of natives of the South Sea islands, lying on surfboards and kicking their feet up and down to get greater speed.
To meet the needs of competitive swimming, this new kind of leg kick, as practised by the South Sea natives, was adapted to the Trudgen stroke - its modification became known as the Trudgen crawl.
Many modifications followed as the result of swimming coaches' experiments throughout the world, which gave rise to such names as the "American crawl," "Australian crawl," 'Japanese crawl," etc.
These interpretations are no longer used, for the "CRAWL" is now universally understood and practised.

1954 'A Sport A Long With History', The Maritime Worker (Melbourne, Vic. : 1938 - 1954), 26 October, p. 8. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

Swimming--do it this way : learn your swimming from photographs / by Richard Smale, with photographs by John Barlee. -
Murray, London, 1953 1st ed., 80 pages  
Murray, London,1962   2nd ed., rev., 86 pages    

Launceston, Tasmania, 28 October
, p. 27.


MEMBERS of the Low Head Surf Life Saving Club with the new surf board and ski which the club this week received from the makers in Sydney.
Pictured (from left) are Messrs. A. R. Towns, M. F. Lander, J. Hollingsworth and T. Lynd.
- Davies photo.

1954 'FOR SAFER SURF', Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954), 28 October, p. 27. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Daily Telegraph
31 October, p. 40.
Box 2712 G.P.O. Sydney
Dunlop Rubber Surfboards: Senior, 4/17/6; Junior, 3/17/6; Minor, 1/5/-.
Advanx Surfboards: Senior, 4/15/-, Junior, 3/15/-, Minor, 1/3/9.
Li-Lo Surfboards: Large, 5/5/8; Medium, 4/13/9; Small, 3/16/11.


1954 'Advertising', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), 31 October, p. 40. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The Sydney Morning Herald
 6 November 1954, page 11.

SURFBOARD 16 ft Conway 1 1/2" Banana as new 17 1/2

1954 'Advertising', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 November, p. 11. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The Sydney Morning Herald
20 November 1954, page 14.

SURFBOARD Sportcraft 15ft good order 15

1954 'Advertising', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 20 November, p. 14. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

Singleton Argus
NSW, 8 December 1954, page 4.
The Ideal Xmas Gift
Available in
FISH .. I6/11
SPEEDBOAT .. .. 19/3
SURFBOARD .. .. 23/9
LARGE BALL .. .. 17/8
SMALL RING .. .. 7/11
LARGE RING .. .. 12/3
We Also Have Stocks of
1954 'Advertising', Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 - 1954), 8 December, p. 4. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The Sun
Sydney, 8 December 1954, page 46.
Li-Lo Surfboard 4/13/9
Clarke Matting and Rubber Pty. Ltd.
2 doors from King St. Open at 8.30 am
Phone BX1598-BX6138.
Phone JF2850.

1954 'Advertising', The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), 8 December, p. 46. (LAST RACE ALL DETAILS), viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The West Australian
13 December 1954, page 21.

It takes balance to ride a "curler" with any success while standing on a surf board, and this picture tells its own story.
Bob Phelps maintains his equilibrium as he catches a wave, but Bob Audas fails to get to his feet and pitches into the surf.

1954 'No Title', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 13 December, p. 21. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,

The Daily Telegraph
Sydney, 16 December 1954, page 8.

720 George St., Haymarket, Suburbs and Newcastle.
Here are the Sporting Gifts that will please the whole family!
Streamlined rubber surfboards.
Senior: With canvas reinforced compartments, that guarantee its non-buckling shape, and give added strength.
22 x 33 inches, 95/-.
Junior: Smaller edition of the above.
25 x 18 inches, 75/-.
Minor: Suitable for children 3 to 5 years, of best quality rubber, with 2 unlined compartments.
17 x 15 inches, 23/9.

954 'Advertising', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954), 16 December, p. 8. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

SURFBOARD Sportcraft 15ft good order 15

The Sydney Morning Herald

20 December 1954, page 7.
Ex-official's Ashes Scattered In Surf

The ashes of a former captain of North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club were scattered in the sea at Bondi
from a surfboat yesterday.
He was Mr. Archibald Gray, of Burnell Street, Fivedock.
Mr. Gray told relatives before he died in October that he would like his ashes to be scattered at Bondi.
Mr. Gray, a champion swimmer, was North Bondi surf captain from 1923 to 1926.
He was active in club affairs until his death at the age of 57.

Yesterday at 9 a.m. about 150 members of the club gathered at the beach.
The president of the club, Mr. S. Price, in a short address, said Mr. Gray had helped establish the club.
Mr. Price handed a casket containing the ashes to the boat captain, Mr. Keith Hurst.
The surfboat took the ashes about 400 yards out from the beach.
Lifesavers on surfboards and surf skis accompanied the surfboat.
Their riders knelt on the boards, and the crew of the boat raised their oars in a salute as Mr. Hurst scattered the ashes.

Weather was overcast and showery and only about 150 people were on the beach to watch the ceremony.
Mr. Gray's widow, two daughters and brother were on the promenade, with the Mayor of Waverley, Alderman C. A. Jeppeson and Mr. J. R Fitzgerald, M.H.R.


1954 'Ex-official's Ashes Scattered In Surf', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 20 December, p. 7. , viewed 11 Sep 2019,

The Argus
Melbourne, 30 December 1954, page 7.

'Twas surfers' paradise (for girls)

ABOVE: Margaret Bradshaw (left) and Joan Cutten, yesterday needed all their strength to carry that board on to the beach!
Their object?
Surf sport at Torquay, of course.

[Not shown] BELOW: From Werribee came another enthusiast to test the water at Torquay.
And with her a surfboard.
On it she tooka tumble in the waves and loved it.
Gwenda Verity had a great day!

1954 ''Twas surfers' paradise (for girls)', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 December, p. 7. , viewed 31 Dec 2016,


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