THE CLUB NOTES THE PASSING OF SIR NICHOLAS SHEHADIE
Sir Nick passed away this week at the age of 91. Many members will say, "what’s that got to do with our Club?" Well, Sir Nick passed his Bronze exam in season 1943/1944 becoming a patrolling member of the Coogee Surf Club. He served on the beach as an active senior member until 1956, that’s 12 years of patrols.
In the 1940s fellow member and good friend, Col Thornley introduced him to Randwick Rugby. Many Randwick teams were made up of surf club members back in that era as there was a clear division between summer and winter sports. Nick first represented NSW in 1947 and became a Wallaby in 1948. Under Wallaby Captain and surf club member, Col Windon, Nick represented Australia in 1951 and 52.
Our annual report from 1953 acknowledges 4 of our club members being part of the Australian Rugby Union Team to South Africa. Nick was joined by Col Windon, Keith Cross and Bob Outterside. In fact there were 15 members from various surf clubs in the 1953 squad. He went on to become Captain of NSW and there is a full page photo in our 1954 annual report of Nick as Australian Captain.
Nick was an active member of the club and he is mentioned in our Centenary Book by Joe Seddon, no less that 11 times. He also enjoyed being part of the Penguins Winter Swimming Club. Sir Nicholas Shehadie along with his wife, Professor Marie Bashir, who was State Governor at the time, were special guests at our Centenary Celebrations.
Sir Nicholas went on to become Lord Mayor of Sydney. He was instrumental in establishing Tafe and SBS TV. He was Chairman of the Australian Rugby Union and Patron of Randwick Rugby.
These are only the high profile achievements, as he did so much more, but his great attribute was that he was a humble man of the people who would help in any way he could.
Vale Sir Nicholas Shehadie admired by all.