Each weekend, many Australians flock to the sea for fun, sport and recreation. It is part of the Australian way of life – a place of work and play. At the same time, the sea can be harsh, unpredictable and deadly. A true symbol of life and death at sea is the Australian Surf Life Saving movement, a group who work tirelessly to prevent death at sea and ensure Australians can safely enjoy all that a coastal lifestyle has to offer.
Photograph of Albert Park State School champions, including Frank Beaurepaire. c 1902 ANMS1031 ANMM Collection Gift from Michael Williams
The young school boy standing at the back left of this image would one day grow to be Sir Francis Beaurepaire; Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Olympian, politician and successful rubber goods manufacturer. However in a life that was packed with civic achievements and sporting glory, it was Beaurepaire’s role in a daring shark rescue in 1922 that, for a time, propelled him into the spotlight and captured the public’s imagination. Continue reading →
Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, a burst of events and individuals conspired to shape the area of Manly, in character as much as construction. This period helped form the Manly we know today – a fast and fresh ferry ride from the city and a place where we can swim in the daylight hours, safe under the watchful eyes of lifesavers.
Engraving from the Illustrated Sydney News, 16 December 1865 titled ‘CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA : Manly Beach on a public holiday’. The engraving shows the Pier Hotel and H.G. Smith’s Camera Obscura tower in the background. ANMM Collection 00006061