Heritage item of the week: Pātea Beach Life Saving Shield

This is the Pātea Beach Life Saving Shield from 1930. In 1890, the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association was founded, and the Royal Life Saving Society began teaching swimming and lifesaving. Regulations forcing bathers to wear neck-to-knee bathing costumes were introduced due to some beach users being offended by the sight of half-dressed swimmers and bathers.  As sea-bathing became more popular, new clubs were formed calling themselves ‘lifesaving associations’, and also provided a voluntary lifesaving service.  If you have more information about this shield that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection reference 2003.104.1.


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