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A major manufacturer, the company maintained a high standard and a quality stable of shapers 1955 - 1974. Bill Wallace shaped or manufactured through a massive range of designs and construction techniques. One of the Brookvale Five - manufacturers with national sales and reputation in the ten years 1962 to 1972.
In 1948 Bill Wallace was sweep of the Bronte SLSC boat.
- Photograph, unsourced, on display at Scott Dillon's Legends Surfing Museum, Coffs Harbour, June 2005.
1955
Bondi, Bill Wallace's' first production, mainly through Surf Life Saving Clubs.
Hollow timber boards. Toothpicks - Australian Racing Sixteens

48 Yarna Street Waverley Sydney Phone FW-3690
Early foam board with expanded foam/shrunken stringer.
Black circle decal with Gull.

1957
Hollow timber adaptation of the Malibu board
Okinouees

1958
10 Thomas Street Bronte FW-3690

1960
129 - 131 McPherson Street Bronte  Phone FW-3490

1963
December Factory moved to 8 Winbourne Road Brookvale:


1960
Dick van Straalen,


1964
Bob McTavish, leaves for extended shaping sessions Hayden Surfboards, Queensland.

Bobby Mills, tailblock markings noted circa 1964: "1498  - 9'2" and "BOMMA  MILLS" 


1970 Junior (Popout) ,

1972  Frank Latta ,

1974, circa.  Noosa Queensland - Bill Wallace Stinger 

1977 circa.  Noosa Queensland - Peter Wallace on stringer
Catalogue Entries

1960       Wallace   Bellyboard 
3 ft 11" Balsa

1963  Wallace   Kneeboard 
5 ft 3" 

1969  Wallace   Vee Bottom 
7 ft 8" 

1969       Wallace   Tracker
  7 ft 3" Stringerless

1970       Wallace   Pop-out
  6 ft 1/2"      Marbled

  Advertisement  1970 : Popouts


Unique poduction methods have enabled us to offer this
high quality, low weight model at the low cost of $59.
Length is 5' to 5' 3'' and the board has a round tail and round nose design.
With a total weight of eight pound, it is ideal for all junior and lightweight surfers.
The Junior moodel is available direct from factory to you
(packaging and freight are free to anywhere in Australia)
or can be bought at any SURF'N'GEAR SHOP.
Larger models also available. 5' 6'' to 5' 9''
WILLIAM WALLACE SURFBOARDS
8 WINBOURNE RD., BROOKVALE. PH. 93.1472
   From....Surfing World Volume 14 No. 5 1970

Accompanying text reformatted for legability....
Notes :
1. ''Unique production methods''
2. Uniform shape.
3. Marbled resin decor.
4. Camel or S-deck, a common feature of the period.

Decals and Other
Black script, circa 1965.

David Williams from the Warrnambool Board 
Riders Club (Vic) 1966.
September 2008, with thanks.


Image left:
Sydney surfboard industry representatives donate 
surfboards to Australian 
servicemen in South Vietnam, 
July 1966.

Photograph courtesy of 
Dennis McDonagh.


From left to right...
Mr. Platt: Platts Boardshorts, first local surfwear manufacturer.
Denny Keogh: Keyo Surfboards
Colonel P. Trancred: Australian Army.
Scott Dillon: Scott Dillon Surfboards
Bob Brewester: Manly Stor-a-Bord and Bower Boy Surf Wax.
Gordon Woods: Gordon Woods Surfboards
Denis McDonagh: McDonagh Surfboards
Bill Wallace: Wallace Surfboards
Barry Bennett: Barry Bennett Surfboards
Also see photograph: Australian War Memorial (SMT/66/01179/EC)
The photograph was circulated with the following press release:
SMT/66/179/EC                                                                                                                                         July 1966
Nearly $500 worth of surfboard equipment, given by seven manufacturers, was handed over to the Australian Army on behalf troops in South Vietnam, at Victoria Barracks, Paddington, on Wednesday, July 20.

The equipment was received by the Acting Chief of Staff (Colonel P. Tancred).
Pictured receiving the boards, Colonel Tancred thanks Denis McDonagh (McDonagh Bros Surf Boards Pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale) , on behalf of the manufacturers.

The manufacturers with their gifts from the left are,
Messrs Lance Platt (L. and J. Platt, Surfrider Board Shorts, of Foam Street, Harbord),
Danny Keogh (Keogh Surf Boards Pty Ltd., of Sydenham Road, Brookvale) ,
Scott Dillon (Scott Dillon Surf Board Pty Ltd, of Vlinbourne Road, Brookvale),
Bob Brewster (Manly Surf Shop and Stor-A-Bord, Pittwater Road, Manly),
Grodon Woods (Gordon Woods Surf Boards Pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale),
Bill Wallace (Wallace Surf Boards, Winbourne Road, Brookvale),
Barry Bennett (Barry Bennett Surf Boards pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale).

Text courtesy of Dennis McDonagh: McDonagh Surfboards.

Wallace Surfboards 
10 St. Thomas Street Bronte, Sydney.
FW.3690
Balsawood Pig board, circa 1958
Photographs at Surf's Up At Gerringong 
Board Display, August 2005. 
Thanks to Scott Andrews 

Hand painted "Donald Duck"
Balsawood Pig Wallace Surfboard, 
circa 1958 
10 St. Thomas Street Bronte, Sydney

Photographs at Surf's Up At Gerringong 
Board Display, August 2005. 
Thanks to Scott Andrews 


Wallace laminated decal, Bronte,
circa 1963.

Left:
Photograph at Sydney Surf Auction, 

Harbord Diggers Club, 
22nd September 2007. 
Thanks to Mick Mock. 


Bill Wallace
Brookvale, circa 1964.

Decal image thanks to Mick Tunstable, August 2009. 



Right:
Bill Wallace Summer Board, circa 1965

Image, with thanks, by Allan Attwood.


Bill Wallace, circa 1967


Wallace Blob text, 1967.


Wallace Floral Circle, circa 1967.





Right:

Bill Wallace, 1968

Left:

Wallace 
Circle, circa 1969.





William Wallace, 1970.

Right: Wallace Surfboards, 1970





Wallace Frame, 1965



William Wallace 
Surfboards with Soul.
Laminated decal, Brookvale, circa 1971.





Wallace Surf Skis

Laminated decal, Brookvale, circa 1972.







Wallace
Designed and shaped Especially for Parkview Marine, circa 1972.

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Geoff Cater (1999-2015) : Manufacturer : Wallace Surfboards
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