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The 1930’s


Mr. Cyril Chambers was presented with the Club’s first Life Member’s certificate and Malcolm Clode received a medal for meritorious performance.

The following is an extract from the Register News printed in February 1930.

“There is something almost God-like about the ability to restore life to someone who is apparently dead. Who would not envy the feelings of Malcolm Clode, the Henley lifesaver whom, having rescued a boy from the sea on Sunday was able, by means of artificial respiration, to bring him back to life. There was no miracle about it, but the effect of what Clode did was just as good as though a miracle had actually been performed. In other words, the boy would almost infallibly have died if there had been no one at hand to apply to him the proper means of resuscitation. In that sense, quite apart from the fact that he had already saved him from certain death in the water, Clode was able almost literally to give the boy back his life. This sort of thing is happening almost every day. It was Clod’s eleventh rescue, and a mere incident in the great work of life-saving; but cases like this ought to drive home the lesson that the ability to swim, and to save those that cannot swim is worth learning. There is nothing else so altogether worthwhile which it is easier and more pleasant to learn.”


It was following a holiday by Alan Banister in Sydney, where he was successfully examined for his Surf bronze, that an examiner was sent from Sydney to successfully examine 14 Henley club candidates for their bronze medallion. Those candidates were Bruce Christian, Gordon Elliot, Jim Fischer, Jim Doherty, Maurie Oliver, Lance Calnan, Keith Coulter, Jack Manning, “Punch” Matthews, Fred Hill, Beau Fuss, Alan Hallett, Ced Hele, and Jim Carpenter. Alan Banister gained his instructors certificate.


The first record of the club competing in Surf, when an invitation was extended to the club by SLSA-A to send a team to the Australian Interstate and Interdominion Championships held at Manly and Bondi on February 19th and 26th of that year.

The following members were elected for the competition. Cedric Hele (Capt.), Alan Banister, Clive Calnan, Lance Calnan, Keith Coulter, Jim Doherty, Beau. Fuss, Gordon Elliot, Alan Hallett, Bob Lucy, Fred Hill, Alan McDonough, Don McGarry, and Ross Strang (Manager). Five more members gained their bronze medallion and another two their instructors certificate whilst in Sydney.

Prior to the trip to Sydney on January 22nd the Club christened the first surfboat to come to SA “A.W. Jolly” in honour of the club’s Patron, a gentleman who had supported the club financially from its earlier days. This craft gave excellent service until she took an unauthorised, misguided trip through the jetty and was declared unseaworthy in 1946. It was sold to a fisherman for the equivalent of $2.10.


The club had a set back resulting from an agreement between the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia and the Royal Lifesaving Society which denied the clubs affiliation with the SLSA-A and gave sole lifesaving administration in SA to the Royal Life Saving Society.


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