Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club
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|Full name||Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club|
|Members||500 senior, 250 junior|
Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club is one of the oldest surf clubs on the New South Wales coast. Founded in 1908, it is located on Redhead Beach, in the suburb of Redhead about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Newcastle. It is affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia, and its club colours are yellow and blue.
The Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club was on Saturday, 12 December, 1908. Residents of Redhead and Dudley met at Matchett's Hall and Billiard Room on Ocean Street in Dudley, New South Wales. F. Matchett chaired a meeting to elect the first club officers, which were G.H. Thomas, President, E.J. Doyle, Secretary, W. Pullbrook, treasurer and Tom Conlon, Captain. The new club members decided to seek affiliation with the NSW Amateur Swimming Association, and a report in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate stated that "The club members are erecting dressing sheds on the beach and hope to have them finished before the holidays. They also have a life line and reel there in case of emergency". The "reel" was merely a long line wound onto a drum. The club's first proper surf reel and line was obtained three years later and commissioned on December 2, 1911. Club records list 31 foundation members for the 1908-09 season.
At a club meeting held on March 16, 1909, correspondence was received and read from the NSW Surf Bather's Association. The meeting then moved to affiliate with the Surf Bather's Association and to pay the affiliation fee of one guinea.
On April 12, 1915 a special meeting was held to discuss ways and means of providing a clubhouse. However, it was not until 1929 that the first permanent clubhouse was built from donated timber and bricks.
Membership declined after the First World War and went into recess for three seasons between 1919 and 1922. The beach did however continue to be patrolled, gear maintained, and the occasional meeting held. Redhead SLSC was resumed for the 1922-1923 season but recessed again from 1924 to 1926. After reopenin for the 1927 season, ten members were the club's first to pass examinations for the Surf Bronze Medallion.
Membership is open to anyone from the age of 5.
Redhead's members compete in pool and ocean lifesaving events at local, state, national, and international competitions.