Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

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Month: April 2021

Coming Soon to a Club Near You

Coming Soon to a Club Near You!!!

Our Club – May 29-30 and June 5-6

Entries in the Club Life Photography Competition have now closed and the judging process starts today.

The panel, led by a photography expert and made up of Club members and an Waverley Council representative, have their work cut out for them.

We’ve had more than 320 entries and we’re looking forward to an exciting exhibition showcasing our members, everything surf club life has to offer and all the things we do on the beach and in the community.

The Exhibition is on in the Club’s Main Hall on May 29-30 and June 5-6.

So save the date and come and join us to celebrate the Bondi community and two years in the life of the world’s oldest surf club.

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Last Chance To Enter! Entries

Last Chance To Enter!

Entries close today for our Club Life Photography Competition.

Looking forward to showing the world what it’s like to be a Clubbie at the world’s oldest surf club.

Send in your entries of our bushfire relief efforts, flood rescues, patrolling, training, competition, water safety, fun and friendship today!!

Enter online at

Another beautiful but windy Wednesday

Another beautiful but windy Wednesday with Bondi Surf Club Silver Salties – SLSA. Anyone can join Bondi Silver Salties Walk & Talk group on Wednesday 28 April 2021 9.20am an hour walk, dance with Walangari Karntawarra and Diramu Aboriginal Dance & Didgeridoo 11-12.
💙Enthralling and engaging, Walangari Karntawarra and one of his best traditional indigenous Australian Aboriginal dancers will entertain the Silver Salties. Walangari Aboriginal elder, teacher and artist has already taken the group on a cultural indigenous walk around Bondi.
💙 Meeting place: In front of BONDI surf club Queen Elizabeth Drive
Cost: $20
RSVP essential:
💙 Our winter program will commence 5 May 2021 9.30am The Bondi Surf Club Walk & Talk group runs every Wednesday from 9.30-11am with coffee/tea afterwards. Meet new friends, join the surflifesaving community, increase your fitness, enjoy the environment, and socialise.
What to bring: walking shoes and a smile. For more information, please email Roz

Lest We Forget – In the main hall BSBLSC

#lestweforget In the main hall you will see our WW1 and WW2 memorials. The names of our members who served are listed and can be searched here

3 of the names on our WW1 board are for the Wallach brothers; Arthur, Neville, Rupert, and their brother “Clarrie”

Recently Easts Rugby Club published some information on the Wallach brothers which we reprint here.


Within 5 years of Australia’s 16 – 5 victory over the All Blacks in Christchurch, New Zealand in September 1913, six of those involved in this historic victory would be dead. It was the first win by an Australian side on New Zealand soil. Three of those would be Easts players whose names appear on the Wallabies Honour Board at the club. Of the three, Gallipoli took Fred Thompson and Harold George while Clarence “Dos” Wallach never returned from the Western Front.

Harold George was an Easts mainstay, holding the club record for most first-grade games at the time, as well as being a selector when he appeared in the NSW and Australian teams as a front rower. Described by the newspaper of the time “The Arrow” as always playing “himself out to the last ounce”. The highlight of tireless George’s eight test appearances was being part of Australia’s first win over NZ in 1910.

George was an absolute hero on the beaches of Gallipoli, under heavy fire he had carried a fellow soldier back to the trenches but as they were lifting the stretcher into the trench George was shot right through the body, the bullet touching the spine and paralysing his legs and the lower part of the body. He was examined at the dressing station and taken to the hospital ship. He died the following morning. Another newspaper of the day, The Referee, provided graphic first-hand reports of the battlefield. From a fellow soldier it was reported “Harold George earned the Victoria Cross nearly every day. He met his death in a way that any man would feel proud to die. About four hours after they took him away we heard of his death and let me say this. We all knew of his pluck on the rugby field. Well, multiply that one hundred times, and you would not get within cooee of the grit Harold George showed in that dash for safety.”

The horror did not cease just 19 days later Fred Thompson was also dead. It was reported, “Then came a great rush of the Turks and Fred stood up there, potting them off one after another. We called him to come down, but his only reply was “it is the only way to stop them.”

“For a time he seemed to bear a charmed life, for the bullets were landing all around him.” Thompson was shot through the head, but lived just long enough to say to us all “Goodbye, I am sent for. Good luck to you all.”

“It was a touching scene and we were all cut up for he was so brave and strong and knew what he was doing right up to the second he succumbed. As a matter of fact, he shook hands with the soldier next to him as he fell and uttered his last sentence.”

“Clarrie” Wallach was born in 1889 at Bondi, New South Wales. His parents were Henry and Mary Wallach. Wallach was one of four brothers who served in the First World War. The other serving Wallach brothers were 297 Private Arthur Wallach, 1657 Private Neville Wallach and 435 Private Rupert Wallach. Wallach listed his profession as a clerk on enlistment. He an outstanding player for Easts Rugby, appearing five times for Australia between 1913 and 1914. He enlisted on 7th May 1915 and joined the 19th Infantry Battalion. He departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic on 25th June of the same year.

Wallach fought at Gallipoli and later in France, quickly rising through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant by August 1916. Most significantly, he was awarded the Military Cross for his role in the battle of Pozières, during which he took command of his company after the loss of their commanding officer and successfully held their frontline trench under heavy bombardment.

In early April 1918, having become a captain, Wallach was fatally wounded during a German offensive around the Somme. He didn’t die immediately however, his left leg had to be amputated while he was suffering from gas gangrene resulting from a compound fracture. Transported to the American General Hospital in Etretat, his temperature soared to 40 degrees Celsius. In a bid to save his right leg he underwent a blood transfusion. This didn’t help and so his other leg was amputated. Within days, Clarrie was dead and was buried at Etretat Churchyard Extension, France. Following a funeral attended by countless British and Australian officers, hospital patients and many others who
knew of Wallach’s heroic deeds. In memory of Clarrie Wallach and his heroism Easts Rugby present the Clarrie Wallach Medal each year to the first grade player who shows the most courage in the match which is played closest to Anzac Day.

As a sad postscript the Wallach family agony did not end there. Nine days after Clarrie had died his
younger brother Neville, another capable Easts player was killed nearby. A year earlier Neville had also received the Military Cross. Sadly Wallach’s parents never received the effects of either Clarrie
or Neville, which included two pieces of Military Cross ribbon, as the ship bringing them back to Australia was torpedoed.


Excerpts taken from THE WALLABIES AT WAR by Greg Growden

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Branch Rescue of the Month – March 2021

Yesterday two of our members, Courtney Date and Richard Nicholas, were recognised for their work in the New South Wales flood operations by winning the Branch Rescue of the Month, and being presented recognition certificates from Federal MP Dave Sharma. This rescue which was conducted in extremely hazardous and difficult conditions.

Read full story here

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Getting ready for Anzac Day

Getting ready for Anzac Day with a new flag from our local Federal Member of Parliament Dave Sharma MP – we go through quite a few flags every year with the fierce southerly.

President modelling new uniforms from Surf Life Saving Australia’s new sponsor Ampol Australia – thanks to both for these items that help us continue to patrol Australia’s busiest beach!

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Australian Masters Update #2

Australian Masters Update #2
A massive day of competition in Queensland on Monday at the national titles.
As we wake this morning two teams, Kurrawa and Bondi, are deadlocked on 295 points each in the championship point score race after three days of competition. The final adjustment of points should be collated today. Watch this space!
Our team could not have given any more – win, lose or draw. We’re proud of every one of them for their commitment in training and competition and thankful to all those who supported them – the team organisers and those who arrange gear, transport and logistics.
So inspired by team 2021! Bondi Forever

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