Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

No Lives Lost at Bondi Beach

It is sometimes hard to believ

It is sometimes hard to believe that swimming at the beach wasn’t always popular. It wasn’t until the summer of 1905/06 that people started flocking to Bondi to swim, and they came in the thousands. As you can imagine the vast majority of visitors had no swimming skills at all and no experience in the surf. After several drownings, a group of locals and non-locals met at the Royal Hotel Bondi on the 21 February 1907 and formed what was to be known as Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club.

For the first season members volunteered when they wanted to, however with the invention of the Surf Reel there needed to be a minimum of 4 men on the beach to use it. So, a patrol roster was devised for the next season. The 5-day working week didn’t come into place in Australia until 1948, so there was only 1 patrol on a Saturday but 2 on a Sunday.

This photo is of the very first duty roster created in the Surf Life Saving movement. Many famous life members were listed in these duty rosters. Today the club has patrols named after Craven, Fullwood, and Ormsby. Those patrols carry on the proud tradition of “No Lives Lost” on Bondi Beach.

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It is sometimes hard to believ

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