Surf club recounts century of lifesaving service

One hundred years of strength, courage and community spirit has been celebrated by Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Life Saving Club members at the launch of a book documenting the club's rich history.

Vigilance and Service, a 300-page hardcover book filled with hundreds of photos dating back to the club's inception in 1908, details the community's proud tradition of volunteering and competing as surf lifesavers.

It took five years of painstaking research, editing and weekly meetings for club members Evan Griffiths, Jim Powell, Harley Dreghorn and Deborah McCormack to compile the material, which includes lists of life members and various club champions over the years.

"Every chapter you read, there is something interesting," Mr Griffiths, book editor and club member of 62 years, said.

"The book starts off with a history of Stanwell Park and Helensburgh, then we have chapters on the boats and rubber duckies owned by the club.

"We've had families who have had several generations come through [so] we have included family histories too."

The book also commemorates the club's 50 years of nippers, 20 years of winter swimming, members' achievements and awards, and includes a list of the 861 members who obtained their bronze certificate at the club.

"They've done a tremendous job trawling through 100 years' worth of historical records, events and articles and pulling that all together in a coherent form," club president Steven McDonald said.

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