Robert Murray Kavanaugh AM

Robert Murray Kavanaugh (18/12/1906 – 12/09/1976), was awarded the Albert Medal for his action on 12 January 1929 in Sydney, Australia.

“He was 22 years old and swimming at Bondi Beach when 14 year old Colin Stewart was attacked by a shark suffering serious injuries to his right side and hip. Without hesitation, Kavanaugh swam to Stewart’s assistance and had almost reached him when the shark made a second attack. Undeterred by the danger to himself, he secured hold of Stewart and struggled with him towards the shore. He had gone a considerable distance when two men helped him get Stewart to the shore. Sadly Stewart died the following day from his injuries.”

He is buried at the Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, NSW, Australia.

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