WHO’S WHO: Early members of the North Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, later to become the Dicky Beach Surf Club, have been identified except for those marked with red squares in this historic photo. Do you know who they are?
WHO’S WHO: Early members of the North Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club, later to become the Dicky Beach Surf Club, have been identified except for those marked with red squares in this historic photo. Do you know who they are? Picasa

Dicky Beach surf club mystery men

THEY are the mystery men of the Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

The club's dedicated historians have been identifying and interviewing members dating back to its formation in 1950.

But three men in a photo taken in the 1954-55 surf life saving season remain unidentified.

The club has publicly released the photo in the hope someone can help solve the puzzle.

Life member Enid Traill, who is part of a panel working to document the club's history, said a clue was that one of the men wore a blazer with a King Neptune-type insignia.

"There is a Neptune ladies' club at Tallebudgera but I don't think they've got a men's," Mrs Traill said.

"And that was Royal Life Saving, although Surf Life Saving came out of that."

One of the young men in the photograph looks only a teenager and is casually dressed, unlike the older men who wore blazers, trousers and shiny shoes for photos.

Mrs Traill said members had approached someone who had joined the club at a very young age but "he doesn't think it's him".

She said the club would love to hear from the men if they were still alive or from their families.

"They would be in their 70s or 80s now," she said.

"Their families may be able to help with any stories or photos passed down to them."

The mystery men might not have lived on the Sunshine Coast, as Caloundra was only a sleepy fishing village when the club was formed in 1950 after the drowning of a man at Moffat Beach and many early members came from Brisbane.

Mrs Traill and other members have been documenting the history and memories of the club for the past eight months and plan to produce a book or DVD.

They recently brought together as many members from the 1950s as they could for a get-together and interviews on camera.

Mrs Traill is aware they are racing against time to capture as many memories from the club's early members as possible.

"This is not a unique thing but it's important that we get hold of the early members from the '50s. We have to get them before they die," she said.

Anyone with information on the missing men, or who may have old photos, memorabilia, or information on the Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club, or North Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club as it was originally known, can call Mrs Traill on 5491 5502 or email e_traill50@bigpond.com.


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