May 13, 2012 §
The Dunbar bell.
Stills from 35mm newsreel negatives. First divers on the Dunbar wreck site 1950s. Using twin air cylinders is Wally Gibbins (right) with diving equipment manufacturer Don Linklater. On the water is Ron Clisold on the ski. View from the cliff shows position where ship struck rocks, close to the notorious suicide location “The Gap”. (which is a ‘gap’ in the cliff face). 121 people perished in the Dunbar disaster, 1857. More died in modern times jumping off the cliff in desperation to end their suffering.
Kathy, press picture with underwater shot.
Coins found on The Dunbar wreck site by the late John Gillies
Kathy examines tea token coins solidified into a clump. (1967)
Tea token coins dated 1857
THE DUNBAR shipwreck at the entrance to Sydney Harbor contained all the family belongings for 121 migrants in 1857 plus the ship’s cargo. Ten thousand gold sovereigns were never found – or nobody was admitting to it. Coins with holes drilled through them were from neck chains.
The Dunbar – wrecked Sydney South Head 1857
sovereign as cuff links
From a 16mm film frame
January 19, 2011 §
Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (Mrs Ben Cropp No.2 – see Playing with Sharks’ newsreel).
Ben Cropp at work on the Barrier Reef.
Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour
Ben Cropp with future wife Van Laman (December 1963)
Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge
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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19 (National Screen and Sound Archives)
Celebrity hound – appeared in many of Ben’s documentaries of the sea.
Ben’s pup ‘Tuffy’ was a TV celebrity
The underwater photography career of Ben Cropp got a boost with his material of a whale shark and diver off Montague Island NSW in 1965. Very rare footage at the time. Although photographed only with 16mm movie film the quality was good and large prints were enabled. National Geographic magazine later using one of the frames over 3 pages as a centrefold. Still pictures went viral around the world and a documentary would have done well with TV sales.
Note the date. August 19, 1691
Ben Cropp book published in 2010
Port Douglas markets in 2003, Ben finds one of his books for sale.
Divers at various times for Ben Cropp were Vic and John
August 19, 2010 §
Newspaper story on the shipwreck, published 14 November 1930
Wrecked at the entrance to Sydney Harbour in 1857
An iron hammer recovered from among wreckage scattered over the sea floor.
Handfuls of copper coins were really ‘tea tokens’ early currency the same size as one penny.
Pile of Hanks & Lloyd “pennies” dated 1857 Peace & Plenty, Australian Tea Mart. (John Gillies collection)
Pioneer scuba divers preparing to make the first visit to The Dunbar wreck in almost 100 years since she went against the cliff face at South Head, the entrance to Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour). Don Linklater (left, founder of Undersea Products) and the future professional diving legend Wally Gibbins (right) are shown in this frame from 35mm movie newsreel film.