Celia Waugh with Historian Murray Arnold

Big swell of Interest in Surf Lifesaving Club’s Centenary Talitha Wolfe – Albany Advertiser on August 11, 2016, 7:14 am

A centenary of memories is being compiled into a printed keepsake to celebrate 100 years since the establishment of the Albany Surf Life Saving Club next year. To record this landmark occasion, the club has enlisted local historian Murray Arnold to collate its history. Mr Arnold, who began the research in May, said the history of the club began earlier than its official establishment in 1917. “It begins before the club began in 1917 with the formation of the Albany Swimming Club in 1908,” he said. “The reason I put that in because they wanted to do lifesaving.” Mr Arnold said the book would also look at the struggles the club had experienced over the past century, including the closing and reopening of the club eight times, until the latest opening in 1990.Club member Celia Waugh said the book would be a dedication to the club and club members of what has been achieved.“It’s a coming together of the past and present,” she said.

“I think it will bring back past members to enjoy and reminisce about their era. “Along the way we are achieving what we hoped the book would achieve, which is gathering and having a history available for members.” To achieve this, Mr Arnold said he had conducted interviews with club members from the present day back to those involved in the 1950s, as well as accessing newspaper archives.“A lot, particularly a lot of the early stuff, is from theAlbany Advertiser through Trove … and microfilm rolls,” he said.“The club records are quite scanty for the earlier years. “The club doesn’t have a formal archive, which is what they are hoping will become of the book.”