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Ross Safety Belt

Date: c 1960
Overall: 150 x 1000 mm, 0.6 kg
Medium: Canvas, steel
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Surf Life Saving Association of Australia
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Safety belt
Object No: 00000797
Place Manufactured:Balmain

User Terms

    The Ross Safety Belt used by the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia. It is made from two pieces of canvas and its main attributes includes a safety release pin.
    SignificanceThe Ross belt was standard but not compulsory equipment for surf clubs.

    History"Ross safety belts will be compulsory equipment at all future surf carnivals.
    This was decided by the Surf Life Saving Association yesterday as a sequel to the drowning of James Peryman, at North Cronulla last Sunday, while he was trying to rescue a girl swimmer. Peryman was using an ordinary surf belt.
    Peryman was drowned when his line was fouled by seaweed. His was the second drowning in similar circumstances this year.
    The Ross belt was standard but not compulsory equipment for surf
    (1) Adopted a recommendation that at the Coogee carnival next Saturday all clubs must compete with Ross safety belts and the Ross belts will be compulsory at all subsequent surf carnivals.
    (2) Adopted a recommendtaion that the Ross safety belt be used for all surf Bronze Medal- lion examinations and drill.
    [The present standard belt is difficult to release because the line has to be made slack behind thelinesman, the neck strap slipped over the head, and the belt pushed off the body.
    With the Ross belt a pin running through five eyes is pulled out and the belt then falls off the body." (Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 21 February 1950).

    Most clubs had at least one Ross belt.
    To replace the present belts with Ross belts would cost a considerable sum.
    There were about 90 surf clubs in New South Wales and each club would need five belts."

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