Tuesday, 29 January 2013

SPEAR FISHING TROPHIES - 1948 - 51 Jack Egan and Wally

To the left of the three lobsters a Bream, Red mowie, then a few Rock Blackfish (aka Black Drummer).
1948 trophy, now believed to be 'the first' for a spear fishing event in Australia. Jack Egan (pictured) was photographed with his trophy in 2014 by Mel Brown.


Probably the first spearfishing trophy in Australia - the Chesty Bond trophy won by W. Gibbins for the heaviest fish in a special competition. Engraving says "Blue Groper 45 and (unreadable in the photo)  possibly 'quarter' pounds.  May 1951  In effect this would make it an unclaimed NSW spearfishing record as well.









Speared Mulloway, 1950s (pre wetsuits). Forester's Beach, Central Coast of New South Wales.
Published in People Magazine, picture of Wally Gibbins courtesy of  Jeff Carter


(1965)






Thursday, 10 January 2013

World Championships 1965 (Cuba team 1967)




1966



First fish picture after winning the world title, Ron Taylor at Montague Island with Yellowtail Kingfish.


FOOTNOTE:  A common account on the Maori wrasse capture has it that Ron Taylor 'lost' this big fish and was helped to find it again by one of the English team.   This is to imply that a diver of Ron Taylor's experience, couldn't relocate a cave that he'd just left.  The  UK diver who shouted or said words to the effect 'the fish is here' was in all probability making an incidental remark. This does not prove Taylor was confused. That Taylor didn't know where  his speared fish with broken spear-line attached, was holed-up.  According to Taylor's account of the incident, he broke the spear-line in haste as time was running out..  This could hardly constitute 'losing' a fish while the first spear was attached.  It would be highly unlikely that Taylor didn't know where the cave was and required someone to help him.  On the other hand, maybe there was confusion in those final minutes and maybe the UK diver did help by marking the location of the cave?




Magazine (above left) has the world championships story below.  The other is included to further illustrate how spear fishing was the spark that began other forms of diving.




WORLD FEDERATION OF DIVING - France website




 Ron Taylor press conference, Sydney airport


Some of Ron Taylor's Australian trophies, returned to USFA




(Interview published Fathom No.2     1971)

Peter Kemp







CUBA TEAM 1967
Ron Taylor, John Black, Vic Ley



Actor Janet Kingsbury at Sydney airport wishing farewell to Vic Ley and Ron Taylor



Lobster at Wedding Cake Island (Coogee, Sydney) well publicised by larg pictures in two Sunday newspapers then raffled at that day's Watson's Bay  USFA club competition in December 1964.  Proceeds to aid the World Championship Fund. (A fund to send a team of four Australians to Tahiti the following year).

Footnote: Ken Campbell (Sydney Sea Hunters) over-cooked the lobster (with a spear hole he had not noticed) the result being it was boiled until partially hollow.  As fate has it, the lobster was won by Robert Raymond (snior) - a leading documentary film maker and later friend of John Harding and The Taylor's.  Bob Raymond  was never told the full story as to why his 'big lobster was hollow'). 

Photo by RON IBLE (White Water Wanderers club).