Tamarama SLSC is one of Surf Life Saving Australia's Foundation Clubs, formed in 1906 and as such has a deep history within Surf Life Saving itself.
Over the last 20 years or so, the club has gradually build a profile of its history. A significant effort in the lead up to our centenary celebrations in 2006 was made to create a documentary capturing both historical and contemporary stories about the club. A link to this film is included here.
The Heritage Project was endorsed by the Management Committee in February 2012. The aim of the Project is to better manage the Club’s collections – there is a need to identify and conserve our heritage. Ultimately once the collections are in order we might put together the history of the Club, however before we get to that point there is a lot of work to be done. As such, there are two concurrent streams to the Project.
The first stream was to capture the stories that make the Club; these stories bring our heritage to life. We have a wonderful oral history captured in the Tamarama SLSC Documentary film, A Way of Life: a film by Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club. Take a look at ABC Australia's story on this project and the link to the film itself.
The second stream is to undertake inventory, conservation and archiving work. Recently, one aspect of this activity has been digitising significant written material regarding the club which is held in the Waverley Library archives - this has included scanning Annual Report and Meeting Minutes dating back to 1908 and making these available on our website. Checkout the Annual Reports section of the website to browse this material. Our collections are held at the Club and the Waverley Council Library – and with many items also held in personal collections we have an opportunity to conserve and build on what we currently have. To do so a Collections Management Policy has been developed.
Contact [email protected] if you are interested in helping out. Thanks to those who have already registered their interest – as our efforts ramp up, you will be called upon!
Stream one of the Heritage Project made it on to the ABC News 5 May 2013! How awesome! (thank you ABC News)