Charles Lyne, former president of Surf Life Saving Victoria and life member of Surf Life Saving Australia is calling for past members of the old West St Kilda Life Saving Club to come forward with historical photographs of the club, its members and competitions.

“There may also be photographs of the dances held there, and definitely the camaraderie experienced at the club in its heyday,” says Mr Lyne, who recalls the recent presentation of the March Past Pennant from 1912 to Life Saving Victoria’s history committee as impetus to put out the call for photos.

After a successful start, the West St Kilda Life Saving Club became defunct around 1955 due to loss of beach caused by the rock fall at the St Kilda marina. The clubhouse then became headquarters for Surf Life Saving Victoria (which later merged with Royal Life Saving Victoria to form the one Life Saving Victoria entity).

The building became known as A.W. Walker House and remained so until the lead up to the 2005 Commonwealth Games when Life Saving Victoria moved to its new headquarters at Port Melbourne.

To preserve some of the history of the West St Kilda Club, a photoshoot has been arranged at Life Saving Victoria’s headquarters on Wednesday 1st November at 10.30am, to be followed by morning tea and coffee.

Three original club captains will be present for the photo opportunity including 1 female and 2 male club captions, along with any other former members, plus their families, to join with the March Past Pennant for photos.

“We’re asking each and every person who has had a relationship with the West St Kilda club to dig out relevant old photos, which will be scanned and transferred to CDs before being returned to the owner,” says Mr Lyne. “One copy will be for the LSV archives, and the other will be kept with the West St Kilda collection for preserving.”

Where possible, photo information should include who is in the photos, what it’s about, the date, and where the venue. To order photo copy will mean leaving contact details for return of photos.

To find out more, or to RSVP to the event, please contact Charles on or telephone 0428 107 540.

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