History of Broulee Surfers S.L.S.C.

(Part Three) (click on images for larger versions)

Apart from working at the Southern Star. I also have the privilege to be Broulee Surfers’ Surf Life Saving Club’s Publicity Officer.

I have not mentioned any names in this feature for fear of missing someone but on behalf of the Clubs committee and members for the 1989 / 90 season I would like to thank all, past and present Club Members, sponsors and the community of the area, for the support you have given the Club over the past ten years.

Broulee Surfers is a monument to you.

Rhonda Coleman

The Southern Star, Wednesday, November 8, 1989


The 1987 / 88 season was the beginning of change for the club. Two major sponsors became involved in backing them, Glen and Dianne Felkin from Seaview Caravan Park and the Carter’s Broulee Cellars and General Store.

The two sponsors allowed the club to buy a new competitive surfboat and to update the I.R.B. with a $ for $ grant.

George Bass

The 1988 Bicentennial George Bass Surfboat Marathon saw Broulee come in 20th.

Success was gained in the George Bass Marathon, coming in 20th. Unfortunately the boat was holed at Tuross at the start of the third leg so there was a complete loss of points for that leg. The crew worked hard that day  to repair the damage and made it for the next day. The last two legs were rowed with only five rowers as one was ill.

The new boat also competed at the NSW titles. It was the year of the surf boat.

It was a quiet year for the club with fund-raising the main aim. There were three boat rescues and ten preventative actions performed by the I.R.B., another safe season on the beach.


Broulee's A crew finished third in the 1989 Brewarina to Bourke Outback Marathon, our best achievment in surfboats.

In the 1988 / 89 season the club moved from strength to strength, with 101 financial members.

The club gained 59 life saving awards, the largest number in the Far South Coast Branch.

Our surf carnival in January was an outstanding success and Broulee’s Club results were excellent. James Hayward and Mark Edibone were chosen to represent the Far South Coast in the Branch team at the Inter-Branch Championships held at Manly.

The dollar for dollar Carters Store I.R.B. was successfully launched at the January Carnival and the club was presented with a board from the Smith family of the Broulee Beach Caravan Park.

This was followed more recently with another board donated by Meg and Ken Filmer of “Caraluki” Holiday Apartments.

A new sponsor was gained by the club in the form of WIN 4, ABC Industries and the Commonwealth Bank. From them we acquired a new fully fitted out surfboat.

Through hard work in three areas, Patrol Competition, Patrol Skills and Award Incentives the club was the proud winner of the Mayne Nickless I.R.B. and engine.

Lional Franks was chosen Club Member of the Year and James Hayward the Young Achiever Award, two new awards in the club.

Committee members for the 1989 / 90 season are:

Patron Jack Home
Vice Patrons Dr. P Bannon
G. Felkin
G. Carter
President T. Freeman
Vice President L. Franks
Secretary C. Dixon
Treasurer A. Wensing
Assistant Secretary / Treasurer and Public Officer N. Dixon
Club Captain J. Gale
Vice Club Captain C. Filmer
Boat Captain J. Shiels
I.R.B. Captain R. Suter
Publicity Officer R. Coleman
Chief Instructor J. Gale
First Aid Officer J. Vaughan
House Captain T. Cootes
Gear Stewart C. King
Radio Officer D. Franks
Committee Men P. Halpin
G. Williams
K. Filmer

Mayne Nickless

Through sheer hard work by the members of the club, we won another I.R.B. in a Branch Competition conducted by Mayne Nickless.

In August this year the club was presented with their new Mayne Nickless I.R.B. and Meg and Ken Filmer donated two wetsuits to be used in the I.R.B.s. They also gained new members from Narooma and their sponsored surf boat.

So far this 1989 / 90 season the club has shown a high profile with their surfboats.