MARINE PEOPLE PORTRAITS

Wally Gibbins and the bell he salvaged from SS Yongala
Wally Gibbins and the bell he salvaged from SS Yongala
Kathy Troutt - teenage mermaid model
Kathy Troutt – teenage mermaid model

Lindblad 1981

Alan Badger
Alan Badger
Ben Cropp AM in 1996
Ben Cropp AM in 1996
Ron Taylor AM in 1965
Ron Taylor AM in 1965

 

Brian McKenna in 1971
Brian McKenna in 1971

1-1-Chesterfield WGM 1

Captain Wally Muller

Alby Ziebell
Alby Ziebell

 

Christine Danaher
Christine Danaher
Irvin Rockman CBE in 1973
Irvin Rockman CBE in 1973
Richard Weir, pearl diver, deckhand, Australian junior champion spear fisherman.
Richard Weir, pearl diver, deckhand, Australian junior champion spear fisherman.
Christine Danaher at Pixie Pinnacle 1991
Christine Danaher at Pixie Pinnacle 1991
John H Harding 1997
John H Harding 1997
Whale shark underwater photo's at Seal Rocks was big news in 1967
Whale shark underwater photo’s at Seal Rocks was big news in 1967
Gordon Beaver at home 1980
Gordon Beaver at home 1980
Australian champion, Alan Badger at a Long Reef weigh-in 1970
Australian champion, Alan Badger at a Long Reef weigh-in 1970
Shark speared at Point Lookout 1965
Shark speared at Point Lookout 1965
Paul Wilmont and friend at Middleton Reef 1971
Paul Wilmont and friend at Middleton Reef 1971

POINT LOOKOUT (QLD) “The Group” location

Leopard shark – manta ray combo
  Leopard sharks on sand at Sleepy Hollow
Shovel nose sharks residents at Sleepy Hollow

 

Whale Rock is between The Group and the Surf Life Saving Club
Three of the five manta’s had shark-bite wounds.
 A very large bite on the right that appears to have become a tear. These were large sharks – four meters long or more.

PHOTO JOURNALISM 1960’s; 1970’s

Here’s a mixture of pictures selected by PIX (a weekly picture-news magazine in Australia) editors.  Once selected I’d be asked to tell a staff reporter like Syd King, Ben Mitchell or later, Jim Oram what it was all about.  The magazine paid sufficiently.  They were a good crew.  Editor Bob Nelson especially.  Meanwhile I was shooting 16mm film footage for my future project, a documentary that would enable travel as well as an income.  It was a good plan but eventually there was home video which made cinema films expensive for families.  (click to enlarge pages).


FATHOM magazine was compiled by divers.  For the first time in Australia, dramatic pictures and stories kept accurate by the people who wrote and published the material.  All original pages now online for students of the sea.  A benchmark to help understand the slow but steady changes occurring in the marine world. From shark hunting of 1963 to the beautiful underwater photo images of today.

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