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The Manly Life Saving Club is one of Australia's oldest Surf Life Saving Clubs, founded in 1911; located in the Sydney suburb of Manly, in the Northern Beaches Council in New South Wales.

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The surf reel in the foreground features the Manly Life Saving Club logo.
Full nameManly Surf Life Saving Club
Members500 senior, 250 junior



The club was founded in 1911 to patrol Manly Beach after a law banning daylight swimming was overturned. The founding President of the club was James Bonner, also then Mayor of Manly. The current club President is actor Tony Bonner, grandson of James Bonner.

Manly, Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club and Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club all have competing claims to be the first in Australia (and the world).

Location on South Steyne, the Club operated the Manly Surf Life Saving Pavilion that was designed by Winsome Hall Andrew and completed in 1939; when it was awarded the 1939 Sulman Award for Architecture. The pavilion was demolished in 1990.[1]

Life SavingEdit

The primary role of the club is to provide surf rescue, first aid and promote water safety on Manly Beach. Since 1911, no lives have been lost on the beach while the club has been on patrol.


The club also participates in beach, surf, and ocean competitive sporting activities.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Manly Surf Life Saving Pavilion". Docomomo Australia. 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Manly Surf Life Saving Club at Wikimedia Commons