Ron Taylor – World Spear Fishing Champion 1965
(Song for Valerie Heighes -Taylor)
MEETING RON AND VALERIE TAYLOR Both AM (By Cinzia)
I had the privilege of meeting Ron and Valerie Taylor at their beautiful home on the lower north shore, through a mutual longstanding friend of mine, back in 2004, before they moved to a Sydney Harbour residence a couple of years later. Ron struck me as a really sweet, quiet, yet wise and knowledgeable guy, and although quite senior, I could see that he was once a very handsome man indeed – I know this anyway from lots of photos I have seen over the years in the media. Both he and his wife were very strikingly beautiful in their youth; they made a gorgeous couple. Valerie is an intelligent, classy and beautiful woman. Her talents go beyond her experience with underwater photography and knowledge of sharks and other beautiful ocean life. While visiting them, Valerie showed me a selection of jewelry, (continued below)
she had designed and hand-crafted. Later in the evening she took me into her sprawling, lush green back yard where she demonstrated the daily ritual of feeding two cute possums who would come down from the trees to greet her, anxiously waiting for a good feed. It was such a wonderful experience and I remember thinking at the time how much my children would have enjoyed seeing this too. Her love of animals and nature was obvious. Valerie had also been so sweet and booked a table for my mutual friend and I at a local restaurant where we all had a lovely meal and fantastic conversation, exchanging our views. In summary, Ron and Valerie Taylor are Australian icons who will be remembered and respected by many locally and from all over the world, for sharing their extensive knowledge and adventures on sharks and ocean life. The many films and documentaries they produced have been enjoyed globally, and we as Australians are proud of this wonderful duo. Ms Cinzia A. Fedeli Secretary/Writer/Director Cosmopolitan Secretarial Services, Sydney.
Name: TAYLOR, Ronald Josiah
Award: Member of the Order of Australia
Date granted: 26 January 2003
Citation: For service to conservation and the environment through marine cinematography and photography, by raising awareness of endangered and potentially extinct marine species, and by contributing to the declaration of species and habitat protection.
Valerie Taylor version without underwater shark scene.