Sydney will have its ﬁrst close — up public View of those intrepid sportsmen, the spear— ﬁshermen, at tonight’s premier in North Sydney Olympic Pool of the Aquacades of 1949. They’ll use a variety of equipment, including the famous Salvus outﬁt which was used by Allied Navy personnel in the recent hostilities for attaching mines to the hulls of enemy ships.
Three different types of spear — guns will be used (range underwater 40ft.).
One of the experts who’ll be demonstrating tonight is sportsman Bill Heffernan, of Tuggerah, who averages a meagre 451b. of ﬁsh daily! The other day before he came down to rehearse for the aquacades he took his gun and nabbed a l6lb. ﬂathead in six feet of water.
The Salvus outﬁt, incidentally, is being bought up fairly extensively by councils for jobs ranging from harbour diving to the cleaning of swimming pools. It allows the wearer to remain under water at a depth of 30 feet for up to 40 minutes. It’s operated by oxygen bottles strapped beneath the arms.
Sunday 12th January 1949