Club History

‘Mul­laloo’ an Abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing ‘Place of the Rat Kan­ga­roo’ and ‘Kan­ga­roo Water­ing Hole’ (thus Kan­ga­roo in Club Logo), is located 20km North of Perth, within the City of Joon­dalup (pre­vi­ously Shire of Wan­neroo). Dur­ing the early fifties the pop­u­la­tion of the Shire of Wan­neroo was only about 2000.

Mul­laloo beach was rel­a­tively iso­lated and an unknown rural area, only acces­si­ble by bush track. As a result of the secluded nature, dur­ing the late six­ties and into the sev­en­ties fish­er­man would build small tin shacks along the 4.5 km coast­line from Pina­roo point to the Mul­laloo beach. This group of pio­neers would become the first res­i­dents of the area.

The per­son directly respon­si­ble for idea to form the Mul­laloo Surf Life­sav­ing Club was Tony Mar­tin who was a local police­man and even­tu­ally the clubs found­ing Pres­i­dent and Life Mem­ber. His­tor­i­cally when the idea to form a surf life­sav­ing club was announced the local com­mu­nity in Wan­neroo objected to the idea, believ­ing it would encour­age a bad ele­ment that would cause trou­ble and con­cern.

Dur­ing the six­ties, Frances John Mer­ri­field pur­chased the Mul­laloo Seaside Gar­dens from Jack Williams, this area being sit­u­ated on the grassed area to the left of the cur­rent Mul­laloo SLSC. Mr Mer­ri­field was a great sup­porter of the club and donated the first Surf Reel. His fore­sight was so cor­rect when he pre­dicted that Mul­laloo would one day be a sub­urb of the future and should have a life­sav­ing club.

Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club 1962.

Mar­garet Cock­man, (local pio­neer) who was awarded with the ‘Free­man to the City of Joon­dalup’ in 2007 recalls that Tony Mar­tin, Jack Hast­ings, Ted Scott, her­self and a cohort of other young peo­ple would fre­quent the beach as a social activ­ity. When Jack Hast­ings, (retired Petty Offi­cer) died in a road traf­fic acci­dent in 1961, this group of indi­vid­u­als col­lected dona­tions to cre­ate a memo­rial for their friend. Their plan was to build a water foun­tain in honor of a great mate. The suc­cess of their col­lec­tions was enough to start the con­struc­tion of the first clu­b­rooms. In 1965 Mul­laloo SLSC was incor­po­rated with the West Aus­tralian Surf Life­sav­ing Asso­ci­a­tion.

Since that time the Mul­laloo SLSC have expanded in many areas, with major exten­sions in 1971 and a hall being built. In 1978 the boat­shed and the Hall were finally joined together. In 1991 the City of Wan­neroo built a new facil­ity that was iden­ti­fied to take the club into the future. This was a mod­ern build­ing and reflected to pub­lic need as Mr Mer­ri­field stated long ago that the sub­urb needed a surf life­sav­ing club. At this point in time the mem­ber­ship was 450 plus.

The final exten­sion in 2000 was a com­bi­na­tion of fund­ing between the City of Joon­dalup, Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion and the Surf Club. The build­ing is now set to cater for a mem­ber­ship of 2000 indi­vid­u­als which remains an inter­est­ing chal­lenge over the next five years.

Mul­laloo SLSC con­tin­ues to grow and is recog­nised as one of the pre­mier surf life­sav­ing clubs in WA if not Aus­tralia. Why is this so?

We strive to keep our own iden­tity.
We look for inno­va­tion.
We are an inte­gral part of the com­mu­nity and proud of our vol­un­teer com­mit­ment.

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