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Material relating to Newcastle and surf lifesaving

Date: 1909 - 1958
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Marjorie Graham
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0551

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [048] consists of material relating to Newcastle and surf lifesaving, collected by Joseph Palmer of the Newcastle Surf Club and Life Saving Brigade.

    It includes an instructor's certificate from the NSW Surf Bathing Association awarded to Joseph Palmer; a negative depicting two beach inspectors; 14 silver gelatin prints depicting the 1958 Jubilee Procession down Hunter Street in Newcastle; and 32 other photographs depicting surf lifesaving clubs, teams, carnivals, championships, brigades, surf boats, Newcastle Beach and promenade and Hawaiian surfer 'Duke' Kahanamoku.
    SignificanceThis collection of material is significant in documenting the Australian surf life saving movement in the 1920s and 1930s. The prints document the changing beach culture of the city of Newcastle over the past eighty years.
    HistoryJoseph Palmer (1893 - 1964) was a prominent member of the Newcastle Surf Life Saving Brigade and led the team when they won the NSW championship in 1922. Joseph was an avid surfer and may have met the famous Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku during his Australian tour in 1915. He kept a postcard of "The Duke" and greatly admired the man who won three world records at the Stockholm olympics in 1912.

    Joe Palmer was instrumental in introducing surf lifesaving to Newcastle in 1908 and was credited with introducing the coloured march past costume to the world's beaches in the mid - 1920s. Joe also introduced the beach girl contest to carnivals as an added attraction.

    Joe served in France during World War I and was made a life member of Newcastle Surf Lifesaving Club in 1927. After World War I Joe instigated the reformation of Newcastle Rugby Union and in 1924, with a small group of men reformed the code.

    Joe is responsible for the present lifesaving premises on Newcastle beach and was most energetic in raising one thousand pounds towards its final cost of three thousand pounds. It replaced the old shed which was used until 1926. He held every position (except president) in the Newcastle surf club and was a life member of Newcastle rugby union.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING TO SURF LIFESAVING, THE NEWCASTLE SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB AND THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE ITSELF

    Web title: Material relating to Newcastle and surf lifesaving

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