Curator Conversation

Dr Shayne Baker OAM presents:
125 Years of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia
Wednesday 5 February at 2.30pm

Dr Shayne Baker

Curator Conversation is a series of entertaining talks hosted by Queensland Museum Curator Jeff Powell.

When: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 2:30pm

Theme: Dr Shayne Baker OAM, Former National President of the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA), will present: 125 Years of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia

The early days of settlement in Australia quickly resulted in drownings becoming part of the Australian lifestyle. A number of community meetings resulted in an unanimous decision being reached to establish an Australian Branch of the Life Saving Society of Great Britain, later to become the Royal Life Saving Society in 1904.

The Society has become one of the leading drowning prevention organisations in the country and has been at the forefront of development of water safety and swimming curriculum, lifesaving courses, research on drowning locations, causes, treatment and advocacy on a global scale.

World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that every year 360,000 people die from drowning globally, which is the 3rd leading cause of accidental deaths. Approximately, 1,000 fatal drowning takes place every day i.e. 41 deaths per hour and 2 deaths every 3 seconds.

The goods news is that Australia is one of the leading nations in our efforts to reduce this toll on the community, and this talk will highlight many of the initiatives that has been so successful in our country.

Don't miss this first talk for 2020, a free event as part of the Curator Conversation series of talks on the first Wednesday of each month.

Free with admission to the Museum. 

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Event Details

05 February 2020, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM