Melbourne, Friday 4 January 1957, page 11.
THIS SURFBOARD IS EASY TO MAKE
beach-loving community like ours, there has always been a big
potential demand for surfboards, but the high cost of the
commercial article and the mysteries of marine construction
have prevented most people from either buying or building one.
construction of a pontoon type surf board 10ft. long and light
enough to be carried atop even the smallest car is made
possible for any handy man by the recent publication of an
American Easi Build Pattern No. 247.
pattern is simplicity itself.
Selection of a
marine grade plywood for the surf board is of paramount im
portance as ordinarily bonded plies tend to disintegrate in
reason too, the pattern specifics thc use of a high grade
phenolic resin glue in assembling the board,
bulkheads and sides, plywood for decking and a few brass
screws and nails are all the materials needed for the job,
apart from a brass deckplate which is readily obtainable at
any boat builders' supply store, and which is let into the
deckplate cleat for draining the surfboard after use.
If it is not
possible to obtain a 10ft. length of marine ply. instructions
are given on the pattern for splicing two shorter lengths by
underlaying the joint with a strip of ply over a suitable
pattern No. 247 makes up into a sturdy, easily manageable
craft for shooting the surf on ocean beaches, but gives equal
entertainment value as a float for the bayside, or in land
rivers and lakes.
stores, timber merchants, newsagents, and general stores have
1957 'THIS SURFBOARD IS EASY TO MAKE', The Argus
(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 January, p. 11. , viewed 28
Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774524
Melbourne, 7 January 1957,
SUN . . . SAND . . SEA . . .
This was all smiling teenager .
Marlene Duff needed
as she prepared to go for a spin on
a surf-board at
Elwood beach on Saturday.
1957 'No title', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 -
1957), 7 January, p. 1. , viewed 23 Sep 2016,
Melbourne, 9 January 1957, page 5.
Its grand to be young ...
Any second now there is going to be a big splash as Stewart Stribling
his surf board
into the water at Lorne.
won't mind -
even if the water is a little cold -
because the hilt
are all part of the sport of surf
1957 'It's grand to be young... and fit.... and
healthy..... and in luck, too', The Argus (Melbourne,
Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 9 January, p. 5. , viewed 28 Jul
Victor Harbour Times
South Australia, 29 March 1957, page 1.
GOOLWA SURF DAY ON SUNDAY
On Sunday next, 31st March,
Goolwa Beach will be the scene
of a Picnic Surf Life-Saving Carnival, and plans are now
complete for the competition which will start at 10.30 a.m.
and conclude between 4 and 5 p.m.
It is now definite that the only visitors from interstate
will be the Lome Pub from Victoria, with a representation of
probably over 20 members on this occasion.
The programme will be amplified on the beach and patrons
are advised that parking facilities are available for several
hundred cars within about 100 yards of the actual carnival
Local police will assist in traffic control and Club
officials of the Port Elliot Club will handle the parking to
ensure that patrons are not inconvenienced by not knowing just
where to go.
The Port Elliot Club is entering three senior boat crews
in the main boat race of the day and numerous entries have
been made in surf board and ski races, so competition should
be keen and thrills numerous — even with a
quiet sea at Goolwa.
1957 'GOOLWA SURF DAY ON SUNDAY', Victor Harbour Times (SA :
1932 - 1986), 29 March, p. 1. , viewed 28 Jul 2016,
The Canberra Times
9 November 1957, page 16.
WITH SURF BOARD
HONOLULU, Friday (A.A.P.-Reuter):
Small boats and surf-boards were used yesterday in the
speedy rescue of a Tasmanian family after their yacht, Solquest,
struck a reef off the Honolulu residential area in early morning
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Staples, and their two children were Los
Angeles bound from Hobart when the yacht went aground.
Its fate is doubtful.
1957 'FAMILY RESCUED WITH SURF BOARD', The Canberra Times (ACT :
1926 - 1995), 9 November, p. 16. , viewed 28 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91242210
ACT, 1 December 1957, page 3.
RESCUE WINS PRAISE FOR MIGRANT
THE Minister for Immigration, Mr. Athol Townley, has
written a letter of commendation to a migrant who rescued
a teenage girl from the surf at Maroubra recently.
The migrant, former Sicilian Phillip Merillo, 38, of
Pagewood, was the only one of a crowd on the beach who
made an attempt to rescue the girl when a wave swept her
from the back of a horse she had ridden into the surf.
He was picnicking on the rocks with his wife and four
years-old son when he saw the girl's plight and tried to
into the surf.
He was swept back three times by big waves and his legs
were gashed on the rocks.
He then commandeered a surf board from watching boys,
paddled it out to the girl and brought her back to
Merillo later revealed that he was the "mystery new
Australian" who had figured previously in two dramatic
Several years ago he saved seven of eight men from a
launch wreck at Kurnell.
Later he rescued a drowning rock fisherman at Kurnell, but
again did not reveal his identity.
In a letter of commendation sent to the migrant recently,
Mr. Townley said :
"I recently read in the Press .with interest and
admiration of your brave action in rescuing a young girl
from the surf at Maroubra beach.
"On behalf of your new fellow countrymen I should like to
express appreciation of your conduct and to commend you
for your courage and gallantry.
"As well as possibly saving the life of the girl, your
action has performed a service for all new settlers by
demonstrating the fine qualities of people like yourself
who have come to live in this country."
'SURF RESCUE WINS PRAISE FOR MIGRANT', Good Neighbour (ACT :
1950 - 1969), 1 December, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article176528569
South Australia, 6 December 1957, page 4.
LARGE SWIMMING POOL
IN NEW SURFING SUBDIVISION
A large expensive swimming pool, measuring 150 ft. x 100
ft. with a 50 ft. toddlers' extension, costing over £3,000, will
he only one of the features of the new subdivision at the
surfing beach near Middleton, which is to be offered for sale
just prior to Christmas.
The Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club will favour with a
demonstration of surf boat, surf board, and surf-ski activity on
the opening sale day.
This is, without a doubt, the first subdivision facing an
ocean surfing beach in this State, and should create wide
interest, particularly with the most of amenities being
1957 'LARGE SWIMMING POOL IN NEW SURFING SUBDIVISION', Victor
Harbour Times (SA : 1932 - 1986), 6 December, p. 4. , viewed 28
Geoff Cater (2016) :
Newspapers : Surfing, 1957.