THE TAYLOR’S Both AM

December 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

Valerie about 2005

Valerie about 2005

 

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Ron Taylor – World Spear Fishing Champion 1965

About 2003

Magnificent!

Magnificent!

 

Part-time residents of Seal Rocks for many years.

Part-time residents of Seal Rocks for many years.

 

Val and Ron at Seal Rocks

Val and Ron at Seal Rocks

DeHavilland Tradewind has given the Taylor's 45 years of faithful service, easily outlasting several outboard motors.

DeHavilland Tradewind has given the Taylor’s 45 years of faithful service, easily outlasting several outboard motors.

Ron Taylor in 1964  Boat used then was a Quintrex with 18 hp Evinrude

Ron Taylor in 1964 Boat used then was a Quintrex with 18 hp Evinrude

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Taylor's invited to be interviewed, speaking on environmental issues.

Taylor’s invited to be interviewed by ABC’s Paul Lockyer, speaking on environmental issues.

 

Valerie Taylor was a successful stage actress before meeting and marrying Ron. This quality studio picture taken for a book about successful Australian women in the mid 1960s.

Valerie Taylor was a successful stage actress before meeting and marrying Ron. This quality studio picture taken for a book about successful Australian women in the mid 1960s.

(Song for Valerie Heighes -Taylor)

Valerie Taylor (nee Valerie Heighes)

Valerie Taylor (nee Valerie Heighes) and Gary Shearston – actors, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney 1961

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Reversed to positive.  The original cover was in negative!

Valerie Taylor AM

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Poster published by John Harding (1967)

Poster published (1967)

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Green sawfish found tangled in fisherman Keith Knox's fishtrap line (Minnewater NSW)

Green sawfish found tangled in fisherman Keith Knox’s fishtrap line (Minnewater NSW) not speared.

“Blue Water White Death” 1969 feature film released in 1971 – with Ron and Valerie Taylor.

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Seal Rocks beach in background. Ron Taylor holds small mulloway speared by John Harding for their dinner.

Seal Rocks beach in background. Ron Taylor holds small mulloway speared  for their dinner.

Ron Taylor collected many spearfsihing trophies culminating in The World Championships (Tahiti 1965).  Two years later he shunned competitions due to the waste involved.

Ron Taylor collected many spearfishing trophies culminating in The World Championships (Tahiti 1965). Two years later he shunned competitions due to the waste involved. Four times Australian champion (in an era when over one hundred participated).

“我记得大后院在罗斯维尔和友好的夫妇……大时间” writes Jan.

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)

Watercolour painting of great white shark by Valerie Taylor was being admired by visiting student Jan Li when John Harding took this picture.

Watercolour painting of great white shark by Valerie Taylor was being admired by visiting student Jan.

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

Post-nominal: AM

Date granted: 26 January 2003

State: NSW

Suburb: Roseville

Postcode: 2069

Country: Australia

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.

Opinion: Surf wet suits were or still are better made than suits for divers.

Opinion: Surf wet suits were or still are better made than suits for divers.

 

Security screen door campaign

Security screen door campaign.

 

Valerie Taylor version without underwater shark scene.

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