MARINELAND (Sydney)

November 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

Negative found in November 2014

Negative found in November 2014

Robbo

Dive store owner Dennis Robinson – about to get married underwater in Marineland. (see newsreel)

 

 

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Glenn Campbell in 1975

Glenn Campbell in 1975

'Lost Sydney' is a page at Facebook.

‘Lost Sydney’ is a page at Facebook.

 

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TEENAGE SOCIAL LIFE (in SYDNEY)

October 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Saturday night party at Balmain

Saturday night party at Balmain

Ben Cropp (AM) book reveals his life story.

Saturday night at Balmain

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.

 

Note: We have added “WordPress” to the blog address:          http://kathytroutt.wordpress.com

TARONGA ZOO DOLPHIN POOL

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jackie Hickmott and Kathy Troutt

 

 

 

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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.

Rare picture of nose and tail touching the water simultaneously.

TABLOID MODELING

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tabloid shots

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

MIKE PERRY INTERVIEW – THE SUN NEWSPAPER

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Mike Perry was a journalist at the Sydney newspaper THE SUN who specialized in marine stories.

Mike Perry was a journalist at the Sydney newspaper THE SUN who specialized in marine stories.

Mike Perry scoop (above) Whale story – pictures only

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.

 

Deep dive 2

KATHY DIVES WITH BEN CROPP AM

January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (1972)

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (Mrs Ben Cropp No.2 – see Playing with Sharks’ newsreel).

 

 

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Ben Cropp story

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

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.

Note the date. August 19, 1691

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

“SKIPPY – THE BUSH KANGAROO” (Seen in 139 countries)

January 17, 2011 Comments Off on “SKIPPY – THE BUSH KANGAROO” (Seen in 139 countries)

Seal Rocks - dawn.

Seal Rocks – dawn, underwater scenes for Skippy were often filmed here.

Valerie Taylor - wrote storylines for some of the Skippy episodes. "Shark Taggers" "The Marine Biologist" etc. Husband Ron Taylor did the underwater filming.

Valerie Taylor AM – wrote story lines (the basic script) for some of the Skippy episodes. “Shark Taggers” “The Marine Biologist” etc. Husband Ron Taylor did the underwater filming.  This picture at Seal Rocks NSW about 1999.

 'Sonny' with (one of the many) 'Skippy's'

‘Sonny’ with (one of the many) ‘Skippy’s’

Tony Bonner (jerry the helicopter pilot in Skippy) Melbourne 1995. Tony Bonner (Jerry the helicopter pilot in Skippy) Melbourne 1995.

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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.

Could apply to Skippy too.

Could apply to Skippy too.

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