Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

No Lives Lost at Bondi Beach

Month: May 2021

The Waverley Council has added

The Waverley Council has added a plaque today to remember the volunteers from Waverley who fought in this campaign against German paratroopers, 80 years ago this month.

At the Waverly Cenotaph, we remember the club members who fought in the Battle for Greece and the 12 day defence of Crete.

Surf club member Sam Cremer, who was in the 2/7th Field Ambulance, was captured on Crete. Later he was repatriated from a German Stalug in November 1943.

E.J. ‘Ned’ O’Rourke survived his battalion’s deployment in the Middle East, Greece and Crete, and returned to Australia in mid-1942 before being quickly sent to Papua where the 670 men of the 2/2nd Battalion were sent up the Kokoda Track. Private O’Rourke fought over the mountains and to the Japanese beachheads between Gona and Buna. On the Sanananda Track in late November 1942 he was wounded in action and later died of his wounds.

The club also unfortunately had a fatality, this was the Club’s first Army enlistee, Bill Butler. A private in the 2/1st Infantry Battalion, Butler had served in the Middle East and Greece before being killed in action during the Allies unsuccessful defence of Crete. He was one of the first Australians to die when the Germans launched their airborne invasion on the island on 20 May 1941, and is buried at Retimo where his battalion helped to successfully defend the airfield for 10 days.

We remember them all, their fight to keep Greece free, and all our members who have served our country in time of war.

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And The Winners Are … Best

And The Winners Are …

Best Image
Love Squad by Walter Kennard ( Instagram @ waltkennard)

Best Image Taken with a Phone
Off Limits by Denise Meuldijk

The Club Life Exhibition opens tomorrow. Come down join us to celebrate the Bondi community and two years in the life of the world’s oldest surf club and cast your vote for the People’s Choice winner – decided by you!.

Large format framed images will be silent-auctioned during the exhibition with funds raised going to lifesaving education and equipment. With so many great entries, there’ll also be smaller framed images starting from $20. Great artwork for your walls with funds raised going to a great volunteer service!

You can view all the finalists, vote for People’s Choice and bid in the silent auction online at https://bondisurfclub.com/clublifevoting/.

The Exhibition is on in the Club’s Main Hall on May 29-30 and June 5-6 from 10am-4pm.

Sponsored by Bondi Broker and supported by Waverley Council.

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Hey Folks, got some great news

Hey Folks, got some great news. Our very own Will Mitchell is up and running and cranking out your morning brew at Rise & Grind, there were some very smiley faces (including NB members 😉) down at the club this morning …. so now we have warm showers, a hot steam room and our daily brew all in time for the winter months. please get on down and support Will which will, in turn, support the club….HAPPY DAYS !!!

Coming This Weekend to Bondi S

Coming This Weekend to Bondi Surf Club!

The Club Life Exhibition opens this Saturday. We are in awe of the images that have been taken of us in the past two years and so excited to share them with everyone.

The Winning images – for Best Image and Best Image Taken with a Phone – to be hung in our clubhouse will be announced on Friday night. Our People’s Choice winner will be decided based on votes during the exhibition period – watch this space for details on how to vote!

The other finalists’ framed images will be for sale during the exhibition with funds raised going to lifesaving education and equipment. With so many great entries, there’ll also be smaller framed images starting from $20. Great artwork for your walls with funds raised going to a great volunteer service!

Today we’re showcasing images from 2021 as seen through the lenses of the photographers who entered the competition.

In January, Can Too Run and Swim’s ocean swim programme was supported by Bondi Surf Club water safety (image by Big lens Little lens); February was the Club’s Annual Blue Water Challenge Swim (image by Alexsmiley); and March saw a double rainbow over Bondi as Nippers and Autism Swim’s Dippers trained on a Sunday morning (image by Gavin Little).

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

Come and join us to celebrate the Bondi community and two years in the life of the world’s oldest surf club, Bondi SBLSC.

Sponsored by Bondi Broker and supported by Waverley Council.

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