Lifeguard History Project

lifeguardThe Waverley Council Lifeguard service started in 1913 and this year celebrates its centenary. In 2001, realising that the history of the Lifeguard service had been largely undocumented, the then Local Studies Librarian and senior Lifeguard at Bondi Beach began conducting interviews with retired Lifeguards and their families.

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Lifeguards Oral Histories

This initial oral history project has expanded considerably to include collecting documents, photographs and objects related to the Lifeguard service. If you are a former Lifeguard (previously known as Beach Inspectors), or have a family member or friend who was, and you have material you would like to donate, or lend to us for copying we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

Local History Research & Engagement Officer


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