Story: Lifesaving and surfing

An early lifesaving team

An early lifesaving team

Pictured are members of one of New Zealand’s first lifesaving clubs, formed at New Brighton, Christchurch, in 1910. By providing a voluntary service, the clubs acquired respectability, and made people more confident about swimming in the sea.

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Canterbury Museum, Lyttelton Times Collection
Reference: 1979.91.26

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Origins of surf lifesaving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006