Book dives into 100 years of history at North Cottesloe SLSC

Book dives into 100 years of history at North Cottesloe SLSC

ONE hundred years of surf lifesaving history, as well as a nod to the future, are presented in the pages of the book The History of North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, released earlier this month.

“People note how the generations mix, from the nippers as young a six to those aged 80, all on the beach together,” author Georgina Barker said.

Ms Barker conducted Lotterwest-funded interviews with club members, and took a deep dive into club records, plus State and national archives, to complete the second part of the book.

It also updated the first section done in 2003 after the death of club stalwart and life member Jerry Knowles.

She said the work highlighted the sense of community the club provided to people.

The book’s launch was the final chapter in the club’s centenary celebrations this past summer.

Photo: Andrew Ritchie

“Several members sorted through tens of thousands of photos, 100 years of competition results, 100 years of board and committee positions, and creation of timelines, while others have assisted with researching, reviewing, proofing and sorting and captioning photos,” club president Ian Clarke said.

After a 40-year membership, including seeing the beach washed away by category four Cyclone Alby in 1978, Cottesloe resident Michael Beech (80) said the club had not lost its close relationships, despite being the largest in WA.

“It’s still family and community orientated,” Mr Beech said.

Future nipper Angus Rea (4), son of former club president Nick Rea, is already mixing in with his prospective club members and their sports on the beach and in the sea.

“I like swimming in the water because you can use the boards,” Angus said.

Remaining copies of the book can be bought for $50 by contacting 9284 2626 or