Saturday night party at Balmain
Ben Cropp (AM) book reveals his life story.
Saturday night at Balmain
Rick Swansborough in the background who took many of the first professional pictures of Kathy pre her time with Skippy and commercial modeling. Party was at Jane Street, Balmain – in that era the large house was a regular venue. Three 18 gallon kegs of beer per party, girls admitted free – guys paid for the beer.
Late at night, various celebrity musicians and dancers would arrive after work and jam until dawn.
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Jackie Hickmott and Kathy Troutt
Modeling for Vincent’s
Jackie Hickmott and Kathy Troutt were permitted to swim with dolphin at Sydney’s beautiful Taronga Zoo on Sydney Harbor. The dolphin pool has since closed making 16mm film of this swim very unique today. (A better quality transfer from the footage may be possible).
Rare picture of nose and tail touching the water simultaneously.
Mike Perry was a journalist at the Sydney newspaper THE SUN who specialized in marine stories.
Possibly the best interview on that deep dive.
A real effort would have been involved in getting Kathy into a hard hat dive suit. Most women would not attempt it. We’ve known Kathy to go camping and sleep in a tent pitched on snow. A big deal in Australia.
Ben Cropp had made over 100 TV documentary by the year 2000 when this picture was taken aboard his boat, Freedom II, with his underwater assistant Lynn Roberts.
Script by John Harding
Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour
Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge
WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SPORT
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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19 (National Screen and Sound Archives)
Ben’s pup ‘Tuffy’ was a TV celebrity
BEN CROPP “Stay Young” < CLICK TO PLAY (You Tube)
Note the date. August 19, 1691
Ben Cropp book published in 2010
Seal Rocks – dawn, underwater scenes for Skippy were often filmed here.
‘Sonny’ with (one of the many) ‘Skippy’s’
Tony Bonner (Jerry the helicopter pilot in Skippy) Melbourne 1995.
SEAL ROCKS PICTURES <Click
In real life Kathy was a marine biologist who worked at The Australian Museum and the CSIRO Fisheries at South Cronulla. An episode of Skippy featured Kathy as herself.
Underwater scenes were filmed at Seal Rocks by Ron and Valerie Taylor and their assistant, John Harding. (Later cut to a minimum by the film editors). Kathy was given just minutes notice to prepare for a weekend trip away and departed from the studio (Fauna Productions) for this fishing village site, once famous for big fish, grey nurse sharks and rock lobster.
Memo: double click to enlarge
A cover shot on Women’s Weekly is gold in terms of good publicity. It’s one of the most successful magazines in the world – in demographic reach and survives today – not as a weekly but as a monthly, as does Women’s Day.
PIX, Post and Everybody’s have gone. People may survive – with a much different content formula.
Editors choice – the top nine – however we hope there will more more pictures in the near future AND PERHAPS THE VIDEO (Skippy – The Marine Biologist featuring Kathy as herself).