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Life was a beach for Harold

Friday, July 20, 2018

Harold Masel was a stand-up pioneer. The long-time Cottesloe resident, who turned 100 last week, lived for the beach. “As a young man, Harold built his own surfboards, the precursor to today’s stand-up paddle boards,” his middle daughter Peta Edwards said. “They were made of plywood and painted canvas – he would take them out on the waves with his friends at Cottesloe.” Harold spent almost every day at Cottesloe beach, surfing and bodysurfing, after learning to swim at Albany while on holiday aged seven.

He went to Cottesloe Primary School and was at Scotch College from 1933, where he loved other sports. “Harold represented Scotch in Alcock Cup football, the interschool under-15 cricket and the inter-school swimming team,” Dr Edwards said. “He did worry if the family could afford the £7-a-term fees at Scotch.”

In between Cottesloe primary and Scotch, Harold was at school in Kalgoorlie, where his father had a jewellery shop. Units built for the family at the time – called Bramler House, at 46 Broome Street, near the corner of Broome and Lillian streets – still stand.

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