Dan O’Brien: Victor Fitzhenry Royal Life Saving Soc. Aust.

Posted on: Mon 27 Mar 2023

There’s no doubt about the important role Surf Lifesavers have played and continue to play in service to Australia!

Victor was a youthful member of South Bondi SLSC and later a volunteer rugby league coach. Interviewed by Daniel O’Brien OAM, he recounts many stories about the early days of surfing including when Waverly Council put a yearly fee on every surfboard that was used in their district – Bronte Beach, Tamarama, and Bondi! Many a board was confiscated when the licence sticker fell off the board.  

Victor’s great-uncle CHARLES EDWARD FITZHENRY who enlisted under the name of William Doyle, died in France 22 August 1918 left his inscription on the wall of a cave in France that is revered and preserved by locals.

Guest Interviewer Daniel O’Brien OAM with Victor Fitzhenry

Main image: South Bondi SLSC Bronze Squad 1976; Brad Mayes, Mick Gibson, Gary Bostock, Victor Fitzhenry, & Nick Cain. Photo provided by Victor Fitzhenry and used with permission.

Private Charles Edward Fitzhenry (aka William Doyle) photo provided by Victor Fitzhenry and used with permission
Victor Fitzhenry 2023. Photo by Daniel O’Brien OAM and used with permission.

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