In February 1907, a group of surfers formed the Bondi Surf Bathers' Lifesaving Club, making it the first lifesaving club in the world. One of the first people rescued was the future famous pilot and aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith.
In March 1907, the surf-lifesaving reel was devised and first used. Soon after the lifesavers' club was founded, the law was changed so surf bathing in the daytime was allowed in Sydney. Until this time it was illegal to surf between 6 am and 8 pm.
Bondi Bay, Sydney
(Powerhouse Museum, 85/1285-1187, photograph by Henry King)