King Of Surf: Midget Farrelly Honoured With Order Of Australia & National Exhibition

13 Jun 2017 3 Share

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The Australian National Maritime Museum has constructed an exhibition to honour the late Midget Farrelly AM.

The museum's 'Out Of Hawaii - King of Surf' tribute features the first world surfing champion's carved timber Makaha (unofficial world title) trophy from 1963 and the impressive silver plated world globe trophy he won at Manly Beach as part of the first official world championships in 1964. 

The display features a collection of curated photos of Farrelly by Jack Eden. The selection is part of a recent collection of 100 of Eden's surf culture photographs gifted to the museum by Jack and Dawn Eden. 

The Farrelly family visited the exhibition over the weekend and said "We are pleased that by gifting the items to the museum and to the National Maritime Collection, Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly's memory and achievements will live on and be shared with future generations and thousands of visitors that visit the museum each year."

In line with the opening of the exhibition, Midget Farrelly (who passed away in August 2016) was honoured posthumously with a Member of the Order Of Australia on the Queen's Birthday, 6th June 2017. Farrelly was honoured for his significant service to surfing as a competitor and industry pioneer at the national and international level, and to surf lifesaving.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour, Sydney and Open 7 days.

(LEFT) Makaha trophy, 1962, maker unknown, timber, seed and carved timber offerings. Regarded as the unofficial world title, it was won by Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly on 2 January 1963. (RIGHT) Ampol trophy for the first world open surfboard championship, Manly, Australia, maker unknown, silver plated base metal. Men’s final won by Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly 17 May 1964. Both trophies gifted by Bev Farrelly and family in memory of Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly.

(LEFT) Makaha trophy, 1962, maker unknown, timber, seed and carved timber offerings. Regarded as the unofficial world title, it was won by Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly on 2 January 1963. (RIGHT) Ampol trophy for the first world open surfboard championship, Manly, Australia, maker unknown, silver plated base metal. Men’s final won by Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly 17 May 1964. Both trophies gifted by Bev Farrelly and family in memory of Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly.

Jack Eden, Presentation of the trophies in the first world open surfboard championships Manly, 1964. Gelatin silver photograph, printed 1990s. Senior men’s championship winners on the podium: 1 Midget Farrelly, Australia (centre), 2 Mike Doyle, California (left), 3 Joey Cabell, Hawaii (right). The women’s championship winners are on the right: 1 Australian Phyllis O’Donnell (far right) and 2 Linda Benson California (right), with Nat Young, the runner-up in the junior men’s final, on the left.

Jack Eden, Presentation of the trophies in the first world open surfboard championships Manly, 1964. Gelatin silver photograph, printed 1990s. Senior men’s championship winners on the podium: 1 Midget Farrelly, Australia (centre), 2 Mike Doyle, California (left), 3 Joey Cabell, Hawaii (right). The women’s championship winners are on the right: 1 Australian Phyllis O’Donnell (far right) and 2 Linda Benson California (right), with Nat Young, the runner-up in the junior men’s final, on the left.

Jack Eden, Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly in action at the first world open surfboard championships Manly, May 1964.

Jack Eden, Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly in action at the first world open surfboard championships Manly, May 1964.


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