SHARK FIGHTERS 16-page programme (1965)

Revenge of a Shark Victim‘ by Ron Taylor  originally narrated by Hayes Gordon.  Film had scenes removed after the first screening when the audience heckled the dramatic tragedy aspects of the script.  Purchased and re-edited in 1966 by leading TV producer Robert Raymond (Senior) for his weekly PROJECT ’66 series. Won an Emmy Award –  highest award in Australian television.  Sound on the original version was recorded slightly slow giving Hayes Gordon’s voice a sleepy yet dramatic quality, OK when projected at 26 or 27 frames per second instead of standard 24 fps.  (Hayes Gordon was a stage director remembered for “The Seven Year Itch” at the Ensemble Theatre – Starring Valerie Heighes (later Valerie Taylor).

Surf Scene had two versions.  The original (and best) narrated by 2UW disc jockey WARD AUSTIN was in color. A second version for television was  in B&W – the commentary was an attempt to copy the accidental humor of the original voice and failed miserably assisted with its slightly British accent.  Original music was composed by John Charter a musician and band leader spotted by John Harding at several music venues.

Slaughter at Saumarez was narrated by TV newsreader Chuck Faulkner with a jazz soundtrack by bandleader Geoff Harvey.


Updated 10 May 2018


The February 1968 National Geographic featured pictures by Ron Taylor and John Harding (me); Ben Cropp had the centerfold with his whale shark image lifted from 16mm Kodachrome.

The May 1981 cover features Ron Taylor’s idea of a chain mail suit, inspired by butchers gloves.

The signed cover by Valerie Taylor was for my late father, John M Harding.

POWERHEADS (1965-1967)

At last there was self-defense against sharks.  Power heads which detonated cartridges upon impact were fitted to hand spears then to spears.  Grey Nurse sharks were easy targets at first.  Faster swimming Bull sharks and other whalers presented a challenge.  Confidence to explore the sea came with these devices but soon explosive power heads were causing accidents and became more dangerous to be near than sharks would ever be.

Large fish were not excluded from power head tests either.  Giant groper would have been numerous victims.