50 years of diving pictures by an Australian expert
By thejohnharding ( October 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm)
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Hi John, we are doing an educational display on cave diving for the City of Mount Gambier and would like to include a photo of Valerie Taylor diving at Piccannine Ponds in South Australia. How do we go about licensing the picture. Also do you have Valarie’s contact details and are they available.
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I stumbled across your very interesting web site and wonder if you can help with some enquiries relating to Flinders Reef off Moreton Island. I am a marine ecologist working with CSIRO and have been studying kelp (among other things) around Australia and NZ for the past 20 years or so. I recently moved to Brisbane and was surprised to find that the temperate kelp Ecklonia is present on some reefs offshore from Brisbane, pretty far north of where it “should’ be. It is prolific on the Hendersons reef complex to the east of Moreton Is, but less common elsewhere. At the moment i have been able to determine that it is present at a few reefs in patches, such as Flat Rock off Stradbroke, and have heard stories of it being present on parts of the Gneering shoals off Mooloolabah, as well as on Wolf Rock off Double Island Point. No-one i have asked says they have seen it on Flinders Reef itself, so i am curious about your mention of it as being on the south side of Flinders on one of your web pages on spearing in the region in the 1960′s. If you can recall more on where you remember seeing it, it would be great to get some details since i would like to go and search for it again. On Flat Rock it also seems to be on the south side. If it is not there anymore i would also be interested to confirm its presence there in the past – any photos?. One of the angles i am interested in is the potential impact of climate change on kelp.
Thanks for any help you can give me on this and i look forward to hearing from you.
I’m out of touch with what is happening at Flinders Reef, Cape Moreton. Years ago I noted seaweed on the south and corals on the northern side of the reef. In that era we were more interested in other things. Wish I could be of more help. If I had to guess what species of kelp it would be the large golden variety as found much further south. Anything similar at Flat Rock would have been in deeper water on the southern side. One of Ron Taylor’s films (Surf Scene) has a nice short scene of prolific small fish on the southern side of Flat Rock. (The location is not identified in the film). There is also a Grey Nurse scene in the same film, which was recorded on the NW side of Flinders. Perhaps the surrounding area will show seaweed? Again it’s only a short scene. Ron visited Flinders Reef (Cape Moreton) in the early 1960s and may remember some points. He described the reef as his favorite location in those days. There was a population of Black Cod living there.
Hi John, i am really hoping to be able to contact you regarding the kelp at Flinders Reef off Moreton Island.
Hi John …. I was distressed to learn of Ron’s death last week … I hadn’t realised he had been ill. I have sent an email to Valerie vie their website, I hope she gets it. She will find it tough alone after so many years!
Chasing down her contact numbers (I’d long ago lost their residential address,) I came across you website, so thought I’d drop you aline as well.
ONly a few days ago, I came across those photos you had given me all those years ago, of Louisa, now a mother of two and living in Zurich.
You look well and distinguished in your photos … hope you are well …
Affectionately, Jill (Dempster/Robb)
Im hopeing you might be able to atleast steer me in the right driection!
Im Trying to collect information about my Grand father Ron Harding! and have noticed that you have info about his sports store and his divivg record.
ive tried every where and had no luck with finding any info at all.
If you have or know where and how i can get the info that would be great!
any pictures like the one you posted or where i can find a record of anything.
Thankyou for your time
I am a British cameraman who shoots documentaries for German TV. I will be making a film on Lanyu island in April and will need someone to shoot underwater footage. Would you be interested? If not, could you help me locate an underwater cameraman in Taiwan?
I have not met any underwater cameramen in Taiwan, as yet. Lanyu should be excellent for diving. Facilities at the island are said to be minimal. No ATM’s etc. Green Island is closer inshore as you would know – you might get cameraman information from email@example.com It’s an old email address belonging to “Eddie”, who speaks English. There are several dive shops on Green Island. The next best suggestion would be to do a search on You Tube and Vimeo for ‘Taiwan underwater video’ and find a regular contributor.
I saw your piece on Wally Gibbons and salvage in the Solomons.
My parents moved to the Solomons in 1961, (UK Gov contract).
Around 1972/73 when I was 13/14 I had a holiday job on board the ‘Danielle’ doing bits and pieces of hookah diving. Wally was not on board at that time. The offshore ops were run by Mick Laurent and Carl Greenstreet as I recall.
We were still working the Yandina dump and it was nearly all 90mm cartridge casings that we were recovering at that time, (although I do remember a prop recovery).
Your mention of the firing of the empty casings brought memories flooding back, I could almost smell it!
I also remember the fuss over the Gloria Maris finds and he along with Brian Bailey I believe had found some colonies of ‘Ebony’ corals that were very much sort after.
P.S. Wally Gibbins website is: http://wallygibbins.blogspot.com.au
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