Long and proud history
Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club Inc. has a long and proud history and in 2021 is celebrating it’s Centenary of ‘Vigilance and Service’ to the Bundaberg community.
This brief history has been prepared with reference to “A Surf Life Saving Saga.
The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club Inc. It’s History 1921-1986.” by Noel F. Bullpitt MBE. The history of any club is about its people and we hope this presents a snap-shot of the many members and hard-working volunteers who have played a role in building Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club over almost 100 years.
A photo titled ‘Squad of 1914’ shows a group of young men, including Fred Amos who became the Club’s first instructor and Captain, on the beach at Neilson Park with a line and reel. Following a fatal drowning at Neilson Park on New Year’s Day in 1916, Woongarra Shire Council offered Amateur Swimming Club volunteers free rail passes to watch crowds at Bargara. Twenty-one proficiency certificates in rescue and resuscitation techniques, including six Bronze Medallions, were presented by the Royal Life Saving Society prior to the Club’s official launch in 1921.