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Timeline

Timeline

1803 Convicts warned not to swim in Sydney Harbour because of the dangers of sharks and stingrays, and for reasons of decorum.
1838 Bathing in Sydney's harbour and beaches is banned between 6am and 8pm.
31 Jul 1894 The Waverly Branch is formed in Sydney, the first Australian branch of the (later Royal) Life Saving Society.
7 Dec 1899 The Manly Life Saving Brigade is formed.
1902 Bans on daylight surf bathing are relaxed.
1903 The Sly brothers begin patrolling Manly Beach, Sydney.
1905 Edward 'Happy' Eyre is employed as a lifeguard by Manly Council.
21 Feb 1907 Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club is formed.
23 Mar 1907 First use of the surf-reel, at Bondi.
18 Oct 1907 Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales is formed.
Sept 1909 Cottesloe Life Saving and Athletic Club is formed — the first surf lifesaving club in Western Australia.
1909 Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club is formed — Queensland's first
2 Jan 1910 First surf lifesaving bronze medallions awarded, to club members from Coogee and Bondi.
1910 Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales holds its first carnival.
1912 Charles Paterson becomes president of the Surf Bathing Association.
1915 Duke Kahanamoku demonstrates boardriding at Freshwater Beach, Sydney.
1915 First Australian surf lifesaving championships held at Bondi.
1921 Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales becomes the Surf Life Saving Association of New South Wales.
1921 Tasmania's first surf lifesaving club is formed in Burnie.
1922 Jack Chalmers and Frank Beaurepaire receive the first surf lifesaving meritorious awards.
1923 Surf Life Saving Association of New South Wales becomes the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia (SLSAA).
1924 SLSAA and the Royal Life Saving Society agree to separate responsibilities: SLSAA for surf lifesaving and RLSS for still water lifesaving.
1925 Western Australian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
1925 South Australia's first surf lifesaving club is formed at Henley Beach.
1930 Queensland State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
1934 Adrian Curlewis is appointed president of SLSAA.
1935 Red and yellow beach flags become standard.
Oct 1937 Laying of shark nets off Sydney beaches begins
3 Jan 1939 Red and yellow quartered caps become standard patrol gear.
1941 Roy Doyle becomes interim president while Curlewis serves in the AIF.
1945 Adrian Curlewis returns as president.
4 Jan 1946 Victoria's first surf lifesaving club is formed at Torquay.
9 Jan 1947 Victorian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
1947 First national championships outside New South Wales are held at Greenmount, Queensland.
1948 Tasmanian State Centre of SLSAA is formed.
10 Oct 1952 South Australian State Centre of the SLSAA formed.
6 Feb 1954 The Royal Carnival is held at Bondi for Queen Elizabeth II.
25 Nov 1956 International and Australian Surf Championship Carnival begins at Torquay, Victoria.
1956 International Council of Lifesaving formed.
1966 First ironman event held in Australia.
1975 Alan Whelpton becomes president of SLSAA.
1 July 1980 Women permitted to become full members of SLSAA.
1984 The Coolangatta Gold premieres, starring Grant Kenny.
1987 Cathy Harding of Mooloolaba SLSC becomes the first female captain of a surf club
1989 Northern Territory Centre of SLSAA formed.
1991 Surf Life Saving Association of Australia becomes Surf Life Saving Australia.
1994 World Life Saving and Federation Internationale de Sauvetage merge to form the International Life Saving Federation.
2001 Ron Rankin becomes only the fifth president of SLSA.
2007 Australians celebrate the Year of the Surf Lifesaver.