Out of Hawaii: Surfing goes global with Australia’s King of the Surf

Jack Eden, Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly in action at the first world open surfboard championships Manly, May 1964. ANMM Collection ANMS1078[002] Gift from Jack and Dawn Eden.

Jack Eden, Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly in action at the first world open surfboard championships Manly, May 1964. ANMM Collection ANMS1078[002] Gift from Jack and Dawn Eden.

Sydney surfer Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly surprised the world in the early 1960s by winning the two keynote world surfing contests of the time. He quickly became the youthful face of surfing in Australia. Yesterday Farrelly was posthumously awarded an AM (Member of the general division of the Order of Australia) for significant service to surfing as a competitor and industry pioneer.

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Dawn Fraser AO MBE voted Australia’s greatest sportswoman

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Dawn Faser by a pool in Townsville in training for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Photographer: John Konrads. ANMM Collection

On 27 February 2013, swimming legend Dawn Fraser (1937- ) was named Australia’s greatest sportswoman of all time at the Sport for Women Day celebrations in Canberra.  She beat former Olympic Athletics Champion Betty Cuthbert and seven times APS World Champion surfer Layne Beachley for the top honour.  You can see the full list of Australia’s top 100 Sportswomen on the Sport for Women website.

In a career marked by triumph and controversy, Fraser won eight Olympic medals, including four gold medals, and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She also held 39 records. Continue reading