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A sad day for the club with the flag at half mast for a true club gentleman, David Emanuel.

David joined in 1948 and was a 70 Year Long Service Member. He was a regular Early Morning Swimmer.

He also represented the Blue and White in the 1950-51 season as Australian Junior R & R Champion. He also represented Australia as a Wallaby (see more below).

We have been advised that the funeral of David Emanuel will be at the Chevra Bondi Junction, commencing at 9am on Wednesday the 23rd February. The burial will follow at Rookwood Cemetery. The Minyan will be at Temple Emanuel Synagogue at 7pm.


Brent Jackson
Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

Photo Credit: Tim Read & Bondi Archives

Biography of David Emanuel.
David Emanuel joined Bondi Surf Club in 1948 and quickly proved himself as a fierce competitor winning Cadet Champion in 1948/49 and 1949/50, and winning the Junior 6 person R&R Australian Championship in 1950/51 as the swimmer. The Team was considered flawless, and proved this by winning the championship event twice – as the event was re-run after a protest was made in relation to another team in the event. David, a gifted athlete, was described as the most promising junior of the season.

David Emanuel represented Australia in Rugby Union. He was the Wallabies’ premier middle rower in the mid-to-late 1950s He was known as an extremely tough, hard working lock / back row forward. Emanuel was an exceptional line-out jumper, had an excellent scrummaging technique and proved more than proficient in the tight. Born in Sydney, Emanuel was educated at Trinity Grammar School before he completed his secondary years at Sydney Grammar School. In his final year at SGS, Emanuel played in the 1st XV and was also selected in the GPS 3rd XV (1951). He was also an excellent all-round athlete and captained the school swimming team to the GPS championship.

After school Emanuel played his rugby with Eastern Suburbs where he came under the guidance of Ted Jessep, a dual Wallaby / All Black international, and in his third year with the club earned his first shot at representative level when selected to debut for New South Wales against Queensland. From there he was chosen for his first Wallaby tour, to New Zealand. Emanuel played six matches but did not make the Test team given the presence of the seasoned lock pairing of Alan Cameron and ‘Slaggy’ Miller. To round out a great year, Emanuel won the ‘Sun-Herald Newspaper Award’ and the Fairfax Cup for being the ‘Best and Fairest’ player in the Sydney competition.

In 1957 Australia played a two Test series at home against New Zealand. The Wallabies lost the opening Test 11-25 and the selectors reacted by making five changes, four in the forwards, in an effort to bolster the pack for Brisbane. One of those changes was Emanuel who was called in to make his Test debut albeit in the unfamiliar No.8 position. He was then chosen for the Fourth Wallabies’ tour to the British Isles, France and North America where he started in all five Tests. Upon his return to Australia, Emanuel played against the Maori but then made himself unavailable for the subsequent tour to New Zealand.

David Emanuel played nine Tests for Australia in a two-year international career.

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