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Australias Progress - the Royal Life Saving Society

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AUSTRALIA'S PROGRESS - THE ROYAL LIFE SAVING SOCIETY has made great progress in New South Wales, Australia, since its formation in 1893. This branch received the sup port of Parliament, which endorsed the action of the Cabinet in placing the sum of $2,500 upon the estimates as a grant in aid of the funds. The appeal for Parliamentary recognition of the Society's services was based on the grounds that: (1) It is the only institution in the world devot ing itself entirely to the teaching of life saving to swimmers.

(2) It is purely an educational, and not a sport ing concern.

(3) Its drill now forms part of the physical training of the boys and girls in many of the schools and colleges in city and country.

(4)° Its instruction has been largely availed of by members of the police, educational, tramway, ferries, and other public services.

(5) It is doing the work of the Government in the perservation of life.

(6) It is a practical work, creating a spirit of courage and self-reliance in the hour of danger.

(7) Its humane, self-sacrificing labors should commend the Society to the generous support of all.

The Society is fortunate in having in the ent Ministry one of its Vice-Presidents, who could • ably place before the Government the claims of the Centre for State aid. On behalf of the bers, a grateful acknowledgment has been warded to the Premier, also the State Treasurer, and the Hon. C. W. Oakes. At a public lecture delivered in ,Sydney on November 6th, 1905, by Colonel Roth, D.S.O., the president of the Centre, the new method of resuscitation devised by Pro fessor Schafer, of Edinburgh University, was first introduced to the State and demonstrated.

Since the formation of the Centre, over 1,500 awards have been issued to swimmers of both sexes, for various degrees of efficiency in life sav ing work and ability to revive the apparently drowned. The practical result of this instruction is shown by 31 of the members having distin guished themselves by saving life, regardless of all risks in the harbor, ocean or rivers of the State, or by restoring animation to persons brought ashore unconscious. Several of these cases have received public recognition by the Royal Humane Society's Certificate, or Medal being awarded for bravery. Instruction has now been given, and

Certificates of Proficiency in Swimming and Life Saving awarded to members of the Swimming and Life Saving Clubs and district classes formed in the principal suburbs to Sydney; to the pupils of the public and private schools and colleges in city and country; to the employees of the Sydney Ferries, Morts' Dock, the Government railways and tramways, the hospital wardens, the Metro politan Police of Sydney, and the Military at New castle. The Royal Navy Class has also affiliated with the Centre.

During the past season, 184 Elementary Certifi cates, 242 Proficiency Certificates, 54 Medallions, and 24 Hon. Instructors' Certificates have been granted, a total of 504," as compared with 366 in the preceding season; and an increase of 138. Of the 1,533 awards issued for efficiency by the Centre since its formation, 1,055 have been gained during the past three years. This shows not only the up hill work experienced in popularizing the meth ods during the earlier years of the Society's ex istence in Australia, but also the rapidly extend ing sphere and work in recent years. The num ber of classes already formed for the 1908 season totalled 51 on the day the report was presented; this including 13 schools and 10 swimming clubs, a greater number than has ever been recorded in the history of the Centre.

The risks incidental to surf bathing have brought the necessity for life saving instruction prominently before the public, and resulted in the formation of organized brigades at the principal ocean beach resorts, on similar lines to America's splendid service corps. His Majesty, the King, as announced by cable on June 13th last, conferred on Mr. Anthony Henry an Hon. Associateship of Order of St. John of Jerusalem, in England, in recognition of his many years' service to the Society, Mr. Hendry having been the founder of its first branch in Australia. This gracious action on the part of the King is regarded as a further proof of His Majesty's personal interest in the Society's work in this portion of the British Empire. The same honor was conferred upon H. L. Cochrane, of Toronto, Canada.