A BRIEF LOOK AT AUSTRALIAN SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING PERIODICALS

A BRIEF LOOK AT AUSTRALIAN SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING PERIODICALS

Inscriptions from the Depths of Time In February of 1951 the Underwater Spear Fishermen’s Association (USFA) produced its first magazine, “Spearfishing News”. With USFA secretary Jim Ferguson as editor this publication consisted initially of 6 typewritten pages....
SPEARFISHING AND THE USFA – NSW’S PIONEERING YEARS

SPEARFISHING AND THE USFA – NSW’S PIONEERING YEARS

Indigenous Australians were skilled at spearing fish from above the water surface and ventured underwater while breathing through hollow reeds to capture water birds and turtles, but it was not until 1917 that spearfishing as we know it was introduced to Sydney by...
VALE GEORGE DAVIES BEM PIONEER SPEARFISHER

VALE GEORGE DAVIES BEM PIONEER SPEARFISHER

Athol Bryan ( George) Davies was born on the 17 th May 1923 and left us on 5 th June 2019 at the age of 96. George could rightly be described as the father of Spearfishing in Australia. George’s interest in spearfishing began when the July 1939 issue of “Popular...

Snorkel described as lethal in Australian Parliament

Dr M. H. Cass (ALP VIC) told Federal Parliament in March that an underwater snorkel on sale in Australia was lethal. He asked the Prime Minister, Mr Gorton, to investigate the sale of the snorkel. Mr Gorton agreed to make the inquiries. The snorkel was described by Dr...

Wally Gibbins

A touching presentation speech for the Wally Gibbins Trophy read by David Birch at the 2015 USFA Awards night.Walter Hammond Gibbins was born January 16th 1930 in Sydney. In the early 1940s he harpooned leatherjackets from the jetties of Sydney Harbour to feed his...