Percy Jakeman 1925/26

Percy Jakeman was one of the most influential figures in the history of the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club. He was born in Liverpool, England, in 1892 and arrived in Australia in 1913 before enlisting and serving with Australian Forces in France, where he was injured in action during the Great War.

After the war he took up farming at Buderim. He was an excellent swimmer and diver and a key advocate for the Mooloolah River Sports Club, of which he was a founding member, to shift its focus and become a lifesaving club.

By Easter 1923 he had become an honorary instructor for the Royal Life Saving Society. He later joined the State Board of Examiners, a position he retained after the Royal Life Saving Society’s 1931 amalgamation with SLSAA.
He took over from inaugural lifesaving club President Bill Bell in 1923 and went on to serve in the post for 27 consecutive years until his sudden death in 1951.

He was appointed Life Governor of MSLSC – its highest level of recognition –in 1925/26 and a Life Trustee in 1939.

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William F Bell 1925/26

William Bell came to Buderim with his parents around 1885 at the age of 13. He was a farmer and timber cutter and a prominent local figure, known to all and sundry as “Uncle’’ Bill. This was perhaps because he was 50 and something of a father figure when he became the first President of the Mooloolaba Sports and Life Saving Club, the body that evolved into the present-day Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club.

“Uncle’’ Bill was a ubiquitous figure in the Club’s early days, not only as an administrator and long-time instructor but, despite his age, as a dedicated competitor, able to match it alongside his much younger teammates.

He also became the Club’s first boat captain when Mooloolaba acquired the first surf rescue boat on the North Coast, The Spray, in 1930.
He was awarded Life Membership in 1925/26 and was appointed a Life Governor in 1929.

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