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Between the Flags

100 years of surf lifesaving in Australia

Between the Flags education kit cover

Curriculum areas: Australian history, geography, environment, English, arts

Years: 4–10

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Investigation, Health and Physical Education, Communication and Participation and Arts curricula

The year 2007 marked the centenary of surf lifesaving in Australia and was designated the Year of the Surf Lifesaver.

To celebrate this milestone in Australian social history, the National Museum of Australia developed an exhibition entitled Between the Flags. The exhibition opened at the Museum in 2006 and travelled to venues around Australia throughout 2007 and 2008.

The education package for Between the Flags contains teachers' notes, audiovisual resources and activities that can be adapted for Years 4–10 to explore the place of surf lifesaving in Australian social and cultural history. The package is designed to be flexible and provides a set of teachers' notes and activities for each exhibition theme.


  1. Introduction
  2. Rips, rescues, relaxation and riots: Australian beach culture
  3. Samurais of the surf: Being a surf lifesaver
  4. Winning against the wind and waves: The sport of surf lifesaving
  5. A wave of ideas: The development of lifesaving technology
  6. Going global: Exporting Australian surf lifesaving
  7. Bronzed Aussie gods: Surf lifesavers
  8. Glossary
  9. References and resources