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A Brief History of Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving

By 1909 surf bathing had become a popular pastime, as recorded in the following Advocate newspaper reports- September 17, 1909 “Coffs Harbour Surf Bathing Club. ~ At a well-attended meeting in the Pier Hall last Monday night, Mr W. Moore presiding, it was decided to proper launch surf bathing this summer in Coffs Harbour.

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1909 – 1937 . . . The Jetty Club

By 1909 surf bathing had become a main pastime of Top Town and The Jetty, as recorded in the following Advocate newspaper reports ~ September 17, 1909 “Coffs Harbour Surf Bathing Club.- At a well-attended meeting in the Pier Hall last Monday night, Mr W. Moore presiding, it was decided to proper launch surf bathing this summer in Coffs Harbour.

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1920 – 1929

In February 1923 a meeting was held in the School of Arts at Top Town to discuss the formation of a second club. This was followed by another meeting on March 1, at which officers were elected, and a further meeting on March 15 to consolidate the formation of the new club. This was the genesis of the Coffs Harbour SLSC.

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1930 – 1939

In 1927 club colours were changed from Black and Gold to Blue and Gold and again in 1932 to Blue and white. They remained this colour to 1980 when present colour caps were designed. This was instigated by Dick Pickering and designed by Ted Hilton and others following a number of minor placings following blanket finishes. We always seemed to be placed fourth in these situations wearing the old caps.

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1940 – 1949

Coffs Surf Club has a magnificent record of war service on the part of its members. At the outbreak of World War II membership strength was 68 and of these 64 enlisted and served with the Australian Forces in every field of action. Of the 64 nine paid the supreme sacrifice – D.Riding, E.Franklin, J.Patterson, T.Scott, C.Goodenough, J.Pollett, F.Lowery, M.Malouf and B.Ulrick.One member, Alf Short, who was Captain of a Beaufort Medium Bomber, has the distinction of sinking, by torpedo, a Japanese cruiser, the Noshiro (6200 tons).

 

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1950 – 1959

Coffs Harbour was the premier country club at the State Championships held at Terrigal in 1953-54.The Senior R&R Team placed third behind Freshwater and Bondi. John Bloomfield was third in the senior belt race and Max Pascoe was second in the junior belt race.

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1960 – 1969

In August 1960 the club suffered a great loss with the passing of Reg Shanahan. Reg was a foundation Member and Life Member, of our club. He convened our first meeting and spent all his life promoting the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.

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1970 – 1979

In 1970 the club was given a great honour when it was appointed to stage a Royal Surf Carnival on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s visit to Coffs Harbour in the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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1980 – 1989

The decade commenced with the official opening of the new clubhouse by the Hon. Frank Walker MLA on 5th October 1980 following many seasons of hard work by members.

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1990 – 1999

The 1990s started with Geoff O’Brien in the President’s role, Allan (Sleepy) Dawson’s many years of service were rewarded by a life membership of Surf Life Saving New South Wales.

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