November 9, 2014 § 1 Comment
Dive store owner Dennis Robinson – about to get married underwater in Marineland. (see newsreel)
October 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ben Cropp (AM) book reveals his life story.
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.
October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment
January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
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.
January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19 (National Screen and Sound Archives)
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.
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Tony Bonner (Jerry the helicopter pilot in Skippy) Melbourne 1995.
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.