May 7 - 13 2023: Issue 582
Early Pittwater Surfers: Alrema Becke, Queen Of Palm Beach
From Left.-Mrs. Alrema Samuels and Miss Norah Mc Auliffe. SYDNEY TOPICS – photos by S J Hood. (1930, January 11). The Australasian(Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 61 Edition: METROPOLITAN EDITION. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article141425116
THE GOVERNOR AND FAMILY AT PALM BEACH. The Governor (Sir Dudley de Chair) has been spending a few days at the Palm Beach (N.S.W.) home of Mr. Alfred Hordern, which was placed at his disposal. The Governor is standing on the left facing Lady de Chair and Miss Elaine de Chair and her brother, Lieutenant Graham de Chair, A.D.C. THE GOVERNOR AND FAMILY AT PALM BEACH. (1930, March 5). Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938), p. 9. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160633195
Apology To Mrs . Gunning. IN last week's issue of "Smith's Weekly," a paragraph was published in Catty Communications, in which it was made to appear that Mrs. Del Gunning, wife of Mr. John Gunning, after a divorce, was contemplating remarriage. This is incorrect, as Mrs. Gunning is not divorced and therefore could have no intention of remarrying. The reference should have been to another lady, who recently announced her intention of being married again. As soon as the error was discovered, every step was taken to recall the issue of the paper and rectify the mistake. A number of copies, however, were already in circulation and as it was impossible to correct these, "Smith's Weekly" hereby offers a most sincere apology to Mrs. John Gunning for any distress which the paragraph may have caused her. Apology To Mrs. Gunning (1938, June 25). Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950), p. 17. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article234538706
The Sun, Truth and Smith's Weekly did have vying columns in the vein of 'social spotlights' or focusing on who they deemed 'Society'. The authors did move from one to the other. Women seem to have been the authors of these columns and their content - under instructions from their employers no doubt. Although 'scintillating' and probably widely read, they didn't make the grade by other more serious standards and focused on real news publications. The popularity of such focuses by their tone alone speaks of envy and reflects our own fascination with and judgement of those who have a spotlight cast on them and those who clearly seek a spotlight to be cast on them for their own gain - both get painted by the same brush:
MEMBERS of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club will hold a dance at Howlett's store, Palm Beach, on Easter Saturday, to mark the end of the surfing season. Tickets may be obtained from Messrs. G. R. Wray (MA5233), A. Stephens (B5173), L. M. Mowll, and Mrs. A. Samuels (Palm Beach 80). YEARLY DINNER (1934, March 22). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 38 (FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230536136
MRS. C. B. WILTSHIRE, of Bellevue Hill, a member of the committee of the winter dance which members of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club will hold at Farmers Blaxland Galleries on May 29. Mrs. Wiltshire has been spending some weeks with her mother, Mrs C. Wakelin, at Palm Beach. Topics for Women (1934, May 23). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 20 (LAST RACE EDITION). Retrieved fromhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article229202708
PALM BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES. - - Among the most beautiful bathing beaches in Australia, Palm Beach is situated on a peninsula fifteen to twenty miles north of Sydney. Close by, the waters of the beautiful Hawkesbury River flow into Broken Bay. On one side of the peninsula, which is but a few hundred yards across, is the surf of the Pacific Ocean, and on the other are the calm waters of the historic Pittwater, the scene of many aquatic carnivals. At one time there were many palms in the locality, but few remain, and these are jealously preserved. photo by H. CAZNEAUX PALM BEACH, NEW SOUTH WALES. (1934, October 1). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 19. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145241972
MRS. ALREMA SAMUELS is organising a private bridge club at Palm Beach for card and bridge parties, on December 8, and all proceeds will go to the Palm Beach Surf Club funds. As tables are limited, prospective players are asked to telephone Mrs. Samuels, Palm Beach 80. All for a Good Cause (1934, November 25). The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 30. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article230152332
More Ladies, More Early Surfing And More Surfboards: Entwined With Surf Life Saving
Tommy Walker Says— 'I Brought First Surfboard To Australia'
IN a letter to Harry M. Hay, Australia’s foremost swimming and, surf coach, Tommy Walker, one-time surfboard champion at Manly (N.S.W.), writes: 'I saw an article by you in 'The Referee' re surfboards, so enclose a photo of myself and surfboard taken in 1909 at Manly. This board I bought at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, for two dollars, when I called there aboard the 'Poltolock.' I won my first surfboard shooting competition at Freshwater carnival back in 1911, and that wasn't yesterday. Regards.'
Walker was a well-known figure at Manly at the time he writes about. He figured in a couple of unusual, if not remarkable, incidents.
Time came when Tommy decided to catch a shark for the purpose of exhibiting it to the public at threepence a head. He brought three other lads into the enterprise and between them they raised the necessary capital to buy a hook and line and to hire a tent in which to install the monster of the deep. But first they 'had 'to catch their fish. They selected Fairy. Bower beach as their base and set a watch on the hill overlooking it. On the second day of their vigil, the required shark was sighted. Like a policeman on his beat, he came leisurely from the direction of South Steyne. And he was a Whopper, a tiger, 14ft 2in in length, as was proved later. He was duly landed struggling on the beach and a curious public had paid £12/10/to view him when the Council's inspector of nuisances intervened to the manifest relief of the residents in the vicinity. But one may ask, 'Where' does the hero stuff come in?' Well, it was this way. When the shark was sighted, the watchers on the. Hill signalled to Tommy (who was waiting on the' beach) and he immediately set out in a small dinghy to drop the bait at the spot it was anticipated the shark would cross. The craft capsized. So Tommy swam with the bait, a -7lb salmon, and literally spilt it into the shark's mouth. The shark grabbed it— and the rest was easy. Someone said, 'I ..wouldn't have done that for £10,000.' ..Tommy replied simply, .''There was no danger — when salmon are about, a shark has no time for anything else.'
IN the other incident Ivay Schilling was the heroine. She Will be recalled as J. C. Williamson's principal dancer. The company was having a successful season at the Theatre Royal. A strong swimmer, she was surfing at South Steyne one morning, when only two others were in the water. Walker was one of them. Miss Schilling had crossed a deep channel and was resting on a sandbank, and was watching Walker shooting. He could swim like a fish. This was at a time when large surfboards were unknown in Australian waters. However, Walker did not need any adventitious aids when shooting, at which he was one of the recognised adepts. It was impracticable, however, to shoot right into the sand because of the channel, which banked the surf up. After his third shoot, Walker appeared to be in sore trouble in the channel. His scream for help galvanised the dancing star into action. -With powerful strokes, swimming trudgeon style, she quickly covered the necessary 30 yards to reach the youth who was sinking for the third time. He appeared to 'be- in a fit- and struggled violently as the gallant lady swam with him to' the shore.
JUST at this moment the professional lifesaver, the late 'Appy Eyre, arrived and he worked on the unconscious form of Walker, who, when he came to his senses, ejaculated, ''Well, that is the last time I'll go surfing immediately after' a heavy' breakfast.' ?
The evening papers rang with the story, and the performance at the Royal was held up that night when Miss Schilling appeared on the stage. Members of the audience from all parts of the theatre rose and cheered, and cheered, and cheered again. And Tommy — what of him? Just about that time, a week beforehand, in fact, Claude Eric Ferguson McKay had been appointed to the position as Williamson's publicity man. 'Walker, if unwittingly, had brought one of Williamson's stars into the limelight— had given her the opportunity of appearing as a heroine in a drama off the stage. McKay was delighted. He presented Walker with a brand new £5 note. Tommy Walker Says—. (1939, February 23). Referee (Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article127604199