Fallen Lifesavers Remembered in New Memorial

For over 100 years, the Australian surf lifesaver has been a national symbol of strength, heroism and a protector of human life. A new national memorial unveiled at Coogee recognises those lifesavers who made the ultimate sacrifice in war.

Despite miserable weather conditions, hundreds braved the rain to see the memorial unveiled on Sunday 27 April by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency, Marie Bashir; Premier of NSW The Hon. Mike Baird and Randwick Mayor, Councillor Scott Nash and attended by members of the RSL, Australian Surf Life Saving community and relatives and loved ones of fallen lifesavers.

Graham Ford, Surf Life Saving Australia President explained what the memorial means to clubs across the country. “As I go around the country to different surf lifesaving clubs, I see honour boards honouring all those who have served and those that were killed in action. This memorial has a national focus and it’s very strongly supported.”

The memorial is a reality due to a major effort by the Coogee SLSC over many years and through great support from the Randwick City Council.

Stage two of the memorial involves a remembrance wall listing the names of all fallen lifesavers which will be installed in 2015 coinciding with the ANZAC centenary.

Photos: The Fallen Lifesaver Memorial launch at Coogee Beach / Randwick City Council. To view more photos click here

Fri 2 May 2014