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James Peryman Memorial Swimming Pool
James Peryman Memorial Swimming Pool

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The James Peryman Memorial Swimming Pool at North Cronulla Surf Club dedicated to the memory of lifesaver James Peryman who lost his life while trying to save another at Cronulla in 1950. 

In 1950, North Cronulla lost one of its greatest swimming champions, Club Captain Major James 'Jim' Peryman who was attempting to rescue a 16 year old woman from the surf when he was pulled under by the weight of seaweed on his rescue line. The woman was pulled the safety by another club member but Peryman, who was reeled to shore, could not be revived. A new clubhouse opened later that year and a pool later added to the surf club complex was named after Peryman.

Jim was posthumously awarded a silver medal and certificate of merit by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society. He has been acknowledged now in our local community also with the naming of Peryman Square at North Cronulla and, most recently, at the dedication of Australia’s first national surf reserve on Cronulla’s beaches in Bate Bay.

In 2009, ‘Major’ James Peryman was awarded posthumously Surf Life Saving Australia’s highest recognition for bravery, the Meritorious Award Silver Medallion.


Address:Prince Street, North Cronulla Surf Club, James Peryman Memorial Swimming Pool, Cronulla, 2230
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.050308
Long: 151.155639
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:19-February-1950
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1950


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Source: MA
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