Thursday 22 June 2017

In a time of war, during an era when a woman’s place was deemed to be in the kitchen, a group of brave young women bucked authority and started the Commonwealth’s first all-female lifesaving patrols.


Now, nearly 75 years later, the search is on to find their families – and possibly even some of the surviving women themselves – after Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) finally agreed to posthumously recognise their achievements.

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club member Cathy Cole has spent the past 18 months pouring over archived newspaper reports from the 1940s to identify who these women were and researched their extraordinary story.

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