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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

NEW SKINDIVING PARADISE (1963)

New edit of Ron Taylor's classic 'first film in color' featuring his girlfriend Valerie Heighes soon to be Mrs Valerie Taylor.

No diving reef rules existed in 1963 - consequently Val often touched the coral.

Wally Gibbins rides a turtle 'into the distance' at the end.

Filmed during the annual November "Skindiving Convention" held at Heron Island, Queensland.  A time for spear fishermen and shell collectors to holiday together and exchange information.

Underwater photography with medium format Rolleiflex camera with diver Alan Power photographing Valerie with painted crayfish (later called a lobster).

Original footage is on Kodachrome II 16mm stock.




Saturday, 13 May 2017

SAVING A SHARK (1970)


The first Great white to be saved by Australian divers - at a time when the species was poorly understood and years before JAWS was written and the movie made.  Ron Taylor took a very calculated risk - saving a shark that may have been one of the two (or more) which could have yet did not attack him when he fell into the sea the previous night.  An act of kindness being repaid.

This footage was re-discovered in 2017 and music added for this memorial to both Ron and the shark he spared.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

VINTAGE RON AND VAL TAYLOR (both AM)



         
 Seal Rocks NSW  about to be interviewed by TV journalist Paul Lockyer  (centre)
                          

"Skindiving Paradise" Ron and Val Taylor at Heron Island QLD in the early 1960s.

Five Movietone titles filmed by Ron Taylor pre 1965



John Harding and Val Taylor enjoy a tow on what was then a rarely photographed underwater shark species.  December 1967.   
Ron Taylor directing RW Fox for a scene in Revenge of a 'Shark Victim' at Aldinga Reef, South Australia where Fox was bitten the previous year.

PICTURES: Divers



Monday, 24 April 2017

WALLY GIBBINS

Still from 35mm newsreel footage. Dunbar wreck dive (1955)
Picture from the official site for Wally Gibbins.
Rough day in mid-winter 1954 off The Gap at Sydney's South Head for a planned dive on the Dunbar (1857) shipwreck site.  No wet suits then.  At left is Don Linklater ( of Undersea Products), Wally Gibbins at right.




The proposed 'fight to the death match' did not happen.  The promoter died suddenly.  Wally missed out on his one million dollars (again).

Wally Gibbins OFFICIAL site








 Heron Island 1962 after the island's chef asked Wal to "spear a few fish for breakfast".