Osric Notley bravery awards donated and conserved for the community.
Osric Notley was a professional photographer and an active member of Yamba Surf Club for many years. He took numerous photographs of Yamba between 1910 and 1921, most of which are in the Yamba Museum collection along with his medal and two certificates for bravery. Notley has featured in recent Surfing exhibitions at the Yamba Museum as he is credited with taking Australia’s first surfing photo at Main Beach, Yamba in the surf lifesaving season of 1911/12, of visiting Manly surfer and surf lifesaver Tommy Walker.
These certificates were presented to Notley, (also to Clarence Redman and Clarence Englert) for their surf rescue efforts at Yamba Beach on December 26, 1912 when John Banney was rescued. The certificates and medal were donated by Notley’s niece Peggy West who lives on the Central coast.
The certificates were identified as significant items for Yamba’s history but required urgent conservation. To prevent any further deterioration, funding was successfully obtained from the Federal Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum Project Scheme to have the work carried out by qualified paper conservator, Anne Kennett.